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Science in a Complex World Team examines city life on the urban continuum

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Posted: Sunday, March 2, 2014 8:45 pm

Over the past few centuries, human societies have changed dramatically. We travel, make things, treat illnesses and communicate in ways our ancestors could have never imagined.

All this has led some to conclude that human societies are fundamentally different today than they were in the past, but I’m not so sure. Some research I’ve been doing lately suggests just the opposite: Our technologies might have changed in amazing ways, but our societies still follow some of the same basic rules that shaped ancient civilizations.

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