Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, Vol. 12, Iss. 1, January, 2008, pp. 1-2
@2008 Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Sciences


Civilization in Spite of Ourselves

Stephen J. Guastello, Editor in Chief

Abstract: Welcome to the special issue, Dynamics of Civilizations. This issue was not planned in the usual sense. Rather it self-organized beginning with a cluster of articles that arrived in the editorial office in finished form around the same time. The Editorial Board then issued a call for papers on relatively short notice to complete a special issue. Our authors were ready with three topic areas: spatial distribution of settlements, human ecology, and authoritarian behavior. We should take a few moments to consider the broader implications of each area.