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Human Evolution, Economic Progress and Evolutionary Failure

1st Edition

By Bhanoji Rao


132 pages

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This monograph is an innovative endeavour in many ways. First, it brings to the fore the synergy between human evolution and economic and social progress. Second, it acknowledges the critical contributions from the routine adherence to contextual truth and contextual non-violence of humanity at large. Finally, it argues that the world is sliding towards evolutionary failure by not moving further forward in the adherence to the two core human values.

For all those interested in development in a holistic sense, the book will inspire thinking and debate. Human evolution will go on – one way or the other – with or without adherence to truth and non-violence. The book stresses the time is now, to go for the best and eschew the worst.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction and context

PART I Human evolution

2 Synoptic view of human evolution via natural selection

3 Human evolution: beyond the physical

PART II Economic progress

4 Population growth and economic progress: pre-industrial through the 1940s

5 Progress since 1950 and the emerging challenges

PART III Understanding and tackling evolutionary failure

6 The idea of evolutionary failure

7 Addressing evolutionary failure: the way forward

Epilogue: hope for humanity

About the Author

Bhanoji Rao is Adjunct Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore, and Governing Board Member, Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management (GITAM), Visakhapatnam and the ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (IFHE), Hyderabad. He has authored/co-authored and edited/co-edited 18 books, authored/co-authored 62 papers in refereed journals and 14 monographs, and contributed over 100 columns in print media in India and Singapore. His consultancy clientele has included Singapore Airlines, IBM – Singapore, International Development Research Centre (IDRC)–Canada, UNESCAP, the World Bank and most recently Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Modern World Economy

In an increasingly interdependent world, many of the most important issues are driven by economic forces. This series applies newly developed economic techniques to some of the most pressing contemporary problems. The aim of the series is to demonstrate the relevance of modern economic theory to the modern world economy, and to provide key reading for researchers and policy-makers.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General