Revolutions break bottlenecks
July 24, 2020
Part of a series on revolutions.
On this page we define bottlenecks and think about some revolutions that break them.
What is a bottleneck? OED:
a. A place where a road, watercourse, etc., narrows, esp. one on a road where the flow of traffic is impeded. Hence: a part of a route where congestion is caused, usually by a high volume of traffic; (also) a traffic jam.
b. In extended use: a part of a process or system (esp. in business or industry), in which progress is obstructed or delayed.
c. Chiefly Biology. An abrupt and severe reduction in the size of a population caused chiefly or wholly by factors other than natural selection, such as natural disasters or human activity, and resulting in a decrease in genetic variation; an episode during which such a population remains reduced.
For our purposes probably sense 2b is closest, though 2c is also worth thinking about.
Revolutions which break bottlenecks
- Oxygenic Photosynthesis
- Fuel revolutions
- Culture from genes
- Multicellularity and ribosome
- Speech/grooming and group size
- Alcohol and group size