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The Origins of Natural Security

Raphael D. Sagarin

in Natural Security

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780520253476
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520934313 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520253476.003.0001
The Origins of Natural Security

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Biological organisms have developed millions of responses to a variety of threats including diseases, resource scarcity, and natural disasters, as evidenced by methods of survival and reproduction. This book discusses how biological organisms maintain security in a hostile environment. It also draws an analogy between societal security problems and solutions developed in nature to shed light on strengths or weaknesses of societal security systems. In this chapter, examples of applications of biological study to societal security concerns are presented. It also provides an overview of the potential biological inspirations for solving security problems in modern society.

Keywords: biological organisms; threats; survival; reproduction; security; social security systems

Chapter.  4374 words. 

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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