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Marcel Harmon
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Eolutionary theory is an untapped tool for creating and operating sustainable environments that meet the needs of the people who live, work and play within them.

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Eolutionary theory is an untapped tool for creating and operating sustainable environments that meet the needs of the people who live, work and play within them.

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"And as we’re still subject to the forces of evolution, these adaptations don’t always prove beneficial, depending on the time frame or scale of interactions in question. Our ability to successfully cooperate in the extraction of natural resources, aided by the cultural reservoir of knowledge relevant for a given time and place, can lead to unsustainable outcomes for those outside of the group in question, or for the group itself after a period of time. Over the course of human history this has resulted in negative environmental impacts and the depletion of local resources, contributing to the disbanding of communities or weakening of civilizations. Individuals may have benefited in the short term, but the long term viability of the larger group (and/or outsiders) was negatively impacted."

#evolution #sustainability #decisionmaking #behavior #culture #nature

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"Through the creation of common or public spaces that meet the needs of the occupants served, that are welcoming and avoid being offensive to various groups, often minorities, we have the power to help minimize unconscious biases and reduce fear, increasing uniformity and strengthening our organizations, communities and cities in the process. We can help chip away at institutional racism and other forms of discrimination, and increase overall social cohesion."

#evolution #bias #fear #wellness #builtenvironment #socialcohesion

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"As we tumble headlong into the final hours preceding the 2016 elections, I can’t escape this feeling of dread that gnaws at me from within. It comes from the cloud I see on the horizon of Wednesday morning, ..."

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A key element of creating, strengthening and sustaining the social glue that bonds us together is by creating more opportunities for day-to-day shared experiences. The more people limit their interactions to others who are similar in terms of physical traits, politics, religion, socio-economic status, etc., the harder it is to relate to, empathize with and accept others who differ along these lines. And the easier it is to marginalize, demonize and/or dehumanize them with rhetoric, and act upon that rhetoric. The social glue that bonds across race, religion, class and politics weakens, aiding the rise of candidates like Donald Trump and governors like Sam Brownback.

#Brownback #Education #Elections #EU #Evolution #Kansas #Policy #Politics #Refugee #Transgender #Trump #Unity #UltraConservative #Brexit #ksleg #socialglue #ksed

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