Civilization Far From Equilibrium

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Science Documentary hosted by Thomas Homer-Dixon, published by TVO broadcasted as part of TVO Big Ideas series in 2011 - English narration

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Full title: Civilization Far from Equilibrium: Energy, Complexity & Human Survival

Human societies use complexity – within their institutions and technologies – to address their various problems, and they need high-quality energy to create and sustain this complexity. But now greater complexity is producing diminishing returns in wellbeing, while the energetic cost of key sources of energy is rising fast. Simultaneously, humankind’s problems are becoming vastly harder, which requires societies to deliver yet more complexity and thus consume yet more energy. Resolving this paradox is the central challenge of the 21st century.

Thomas Homer-Dixon holds the CIGI Chair of Global Systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Canada, and is a Professor at the University of Waterloo. His research areas include the links between environmental stress and violence in developing nations, global security in the 21st century, and how societies adapt to economic, ecological, and technological change. Presented on June 7, 2011

Originally broadcast on October 22, 2011

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  • Video Bitrate: 1132 kbps
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 1.778:1
  • Video Resolution: 1024x576
  • Framerate: 29.97 fps
  • Audio Codec: AAC
  • Audio Bitrate: 111 kbps 48/24 KHz
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Audio Language: English
  • Run-Time: 00:59:09
  • Size: 526 MB
  • Source: 1080i OTA ATSC
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