I have seen estimates that show civilization at its current size is only possible when energy gains are 12 to 1 or better (energy return on energy invested in energy projects). We are quite near that 12 to 1 ratio. That implies devolution – minimizing the cost of administration.


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Neocortex size as a constraint on group size in primates – R. Dunbar 1991