The Six Killer Apps of Western Civilization TED Talk
Key to the Dominance of Western Civilization:
The Six (6) Killer Apps
Dr. Niall Ferguson, Harvard University
What are the Killer Apps?
What set the West apart from the rest of the world? These six functional complexes, or "killer applications" led the West's rise to global dominance.
European decentralization fostered the growth of political and economic competition, birthing the nation-state and the rise of capitalism.
While eastern Muslim powers slowed scientific progress in their own region, the Christian West advanced militarily and academically.
Widespread land ownership and its ties to the democratic process gave the United States a more productive, stable footing than its neighbors to the south.
Developed and shared throughout colonial outposts in Africa and elsewhere, Western medicine has the power to double life expectancy.
The 20th century witnessed a new model of civilization centered around consumption, as American goods and fashion carried the message of Western freedom.