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Keywords

element-based method, civilizations, studying civilizations, methodology

Abstract

The purpose: to define the element-based method of studying civilization with a meaningful contribution to contemporary life. The methodology: the transdisciplinary, big-picture view of human development on Earth based on graphic modeling of civilizational elements, their relations, and dynamics. The findings: about 200+ civilizational elements have been recognized within about 500 possible elements of society, culture, and infrastructure. Practical implications: today, civilization infrastructure challenges society and culture, which can lead to the fall of the Homo sapiens race and the rise of a human-machine race. Moreover, one of the options will be the rise of designer babies and the dichotomy of our race into traditional people and super healthy people; another option may lead to the labor-free economy and killer robots. Social implications: to practice sustainable civilization it is necessary to regulate technological progress which conquers our well-being. Originality: this approach offers an element-based understanding of civilization which is essential for developing wise aims and strategies of wise civilization.

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