Re: Why the West has 'won'.

Robin Hanson (
Fri, 15 Aug 1997 14:42:46 -0700 (PDT)

To me, the by far most interesting question in this area is what are
the chances that our new global civilization will befall a similar
fate. In the past the relative isolation of civilizations mean that
progress could continue even when most civilizations eventually seem
to grow rotten. But now with an integrated global civilization, we
can't rely on sheer numbers - we have to make this one work. Note
that within old civilizations, if one part of the civilization fell,
so did the rest of it.

Robin D. Hanson