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Agriculture killed humanity

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Started: 5/31/2015 Category: Society
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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DebateandSuch

Pro

After humanity shifted from Hunter/gatherer tribes to an agriculture based society disease, religion, capitalism, and countless other things developed. My stance is that from that point forward overall we've been declining.

*Note* I do not deny the benefits of the modern age such as electricity and medicine, or the fact humans have developed very much intelligently from that point
KVDebates

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I accept and shall argue that since the formation of agriculture based societies we have been improving.
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Debate Round No. 1
DebateandSuch

Pro

Yay my first debate on this website!
"Improving" can mean many things in many areas. Most of the most feared sicknesses today didn't exist before humans settled down with our wheat and cattle and came in close contact with animal waste. The black death spread due to the close quarters of urban societies. I'm interested to see how you argue this, good luck.
KVDebates

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Debate Round No. 2
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KVDebates

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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Forthelulz 1 year ago
Forthelulz
Sorry. I couldn't resist.
Posted by Theunkown 1 year ago
Theunkown
Forthelulz, don't give arguments to either debater until the debate is over...
Posted by Forthelulz 1 year ago
Forthelulz
Actually, disease stalked the hunter-gatherers too. Agriculture and the increasing population density just allowed it to spread faster.
Religion was around in the form of the hunter-gatherers traditions.
Capitalism is just risk-taking on a larger scale, and hunter-gatherers routinely risked their lives to simply stay on the edge of starvation.
Okay, AP Macro kids, sit up and take notice. Here's a massive argument for Con.
As soon as a stable food supply was made, people could specialize. In the olden days, a farmer would make and maintain his own tools. He had to spend time doing that. Then a specialist came around making and maintaining tools full-time. He could do that work so the farmer could produce crops full-time. This is represented by an outward shift on the PPF graph. The increased crops meant more population, which meant more aggregate demand on the food source. According to John Maynard Keynes, demand creates its own supply, so the farmers increased the scope of their operations. Because of the increased crops, more people could specialize, pushing the PPF further out. Eventually, new farming techniques such as irrigation and selective breeding increased aggregate supply. Because of the further increased aggregate supply, the classical school of economics applied, and aggregate demand rose. Eventually, it would encounter another civilization and begin to play a massive game of Prisoner's Dilemma, in which one could invade and seize another nation's land at the risk of a counterattack, or cooperate to trade specialized goods.
The former was depressingly common, but fortunate, as it strengthened the rest. AS dropped as troops went off to war, while AD stayed the same. This would cause a famine, something not helped by the fact that there's a bunch of howling foreigners knocking on the door. Eventually, one side would win, and could loot the shinies, represented by a temporary increase in the AS.
Anyway, that's how history started. Have fun!
Posted by KVDebates 1 year ago
KVDebates
Also remember you have the BoP and it would be good to be more thorough and provide sources
Posted by KVDebates 1 year ago
KVDebates
My argument is going to be ultra long. It will be posted tomorrow so do your research :)
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