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The exceptional feature of humans is that they are apt to expand their resource base gradually or frequently. The industrial revolution is just the most momentous example. That allows humans to keep their "exponential" growth rate almost continuously. However, I would be interested to correlate the growth rate fluctuations  with resource "revolutions" and overshots, rises and falls of civilization centers. How direct are estimates of, say, the population estimates of the imperial Rome? Could we detect any demographic transitions then?  
by das monde on Thu Jul 2nd, 2015 at 09:59:52 PM EST
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