Human beings are the dominant creatures on Earth. We have shaped the world to suit our needs. Through agriculture and engineering we have assured our supplies of food and water, and through the development of society and culture we have gained the possibility of secure and rewarding lives. Progress has taken place at an accelerating rate, the dizzying burst of industrialisation that shaped the modern world taking a mere hundred years. The upshot is an interconnected and technology driven global society, a human population of 6.5 billion, and our ability to contemplate ourselves and the universe with insight and wonder, based on fact rather than fable.

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