ATHENS DIALOGUES :

The Archaeology of Innovation: Lessons for Our Times

BY Sander van der Leeuw

As humans evolved, their drive to think, to innovate, allowed the species to create new technologies and societal structures. But that drive to innovate may have created some unintended consequences.


Biological and cultural evolutions have enabled humans to innovate and transform their environment. Yet this ability to innovate and think of new ideas has allowed extraordinary growth that cannot possibly be sustained. This discourse looks at the evolutionary history of the human species in its cognitive and organizational capacity that allowed for an "unbridled acceleration" of innovation in ... View Full Summary