[ExI] breakout culture (Was: ambition)

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Fri Feb 1 12:25:09 UTC 2013

On Fri, Feb 01, 2013 at 11:17:13AM +0000, Anders Sandberg wrote:

> Yes, the typical village or band size is around 100-150 people, limited  
> by the Dunbar number. This is likely too small to survive indefinitely:  
> one interesting result of my simulations is that stable populations  
> probably need several such groups linked together into a tribe to be  
> demographically long-term stable.
> However, isolated non-viable groups can survive surprisingly long. The  
> population lingers for centuries, despite being too small to survive  
> indefinitely.
> Most "uncontacted" groups are of course just uncontacted by mainstream  
> civilization. They have dealings with their neighbors. The Sentinelese  
> are a bit extreme.

Coincidently, reading http://www.amazon.com/The-World-Until-Yesterday-Traditional/dp/0670024813/
at the moment.

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