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How oil and coal fueled the rise of open, democratic societies.


We’re living in an age where our energy sources are changing faster than ever before. And right with it, we should expect human values to change faster than ever before across the next hundred years.

Historian Ian Morris makes the case that methods of resource extraction have shaped our notions of fairness and equality for thousands of years, and new sources of energy will force human values to keep evolving.

Ian is author of the new book Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve from Princeton University Press.

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Ian Morris

Ian Morris is Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and Professor of History at Stanford University and a Fellow of the Stanford Archaeology Center.


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