The Books: Biohistory: Decline and Fall of the West

Such is the range of findings by Dr Penman and his team that his theory has been disseminated into two books. The first, Biohistory, is a comprehensive, 600-page title aimed at academics and the wider scientific community. The second, Biohistory: Decline and Fall of the West, highlights the key findings in layman’s language for a broader, more mainstream audience. Both titles are published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, a respected academic publisher founded by former researchers at Cambridge University, England. They are available from early 2015 in all good bookstores.

Biohistory: Decline and Fall of the West

Western civilization is in decline. Economies are stagnant, faith in democracy fading. A bold new theory suggests that far worse is to come. Can science provide the answers?

In ‘Biohistory: The Decline and Fall of the West details a revolutionary new theory about human society. For the first time, Dr Jim Penman PhD explains how biology can explain both the rise and fall of ancient civilizations, including the Greeks and Romans.

Based on pioneering and scientifically-testable research, Penman uncovers the hidden forces at play across animal societies and human history – and why the West is on the path to becoming the next casualty.

Biohistory makes use of the latest findings in epigenetics, the study of how the environment affects our genes. Presented in easy-to-digest language, it draws on history, biology, anthropology and economics to explain the real drivers of social change and how evolutionary mechanisms designed to adapt animal social behavior to changing food conditions determine the fate of civilisation.

The West’s only hope of avoiding the same fate as earlier civilizations lies with the biological sciences, but is it already too late to change the course of history?