Energy and Economic Development: Understanding the Role of Hierarchy

On Tuesday, I gave a talk to the University of Texas Energy Symposium about how societies become more hierarchical as they develop. Thank-you to Carey King for the invitation to speak. King, by the way, is the author of the excellent book The Economic Superorganism (which I recently reviewed).

Below is the lecture recording on my end. You can watch the live-stream version here. (The live-stream includes a brief Q&A, as well as footage of my 5-year-old daughter wandering into the lecture to see what’s going on.)

Other lectures from the UT Energy Symposium

For more details about the research in this talk, see these papers:


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