A research program that has been funded by private donations and the Australian Research Council
Shattering mainstream political science and grand history
The key to understanding Biohistory is that the forces governing human civilizations are based on biological reactions to food shortage, even though triggered in humans by other factors such as limits on sexual activity. To study how these mechanisms work, a number of studies have been done on rats. The hormonal and behavioral effects of mild food shortage are very similar in both species.
In his books, Dr Penman proposes a series of experiments which would further test and perhaps modify his ideas. Current projects include:
- The setup of a naturalistic experiment to show the effects of mild food restriction on social behavior
- Investigation of the effects of food restriction on the physiology and behavior of offspring though direct epigenetic inheritance
- Investigation of treatments that might reverse adverse epigenetic effects of early environment.
- Work on a potential treatment that would have the behavioral and physiological benefits of mild food shortage without restricting food.