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The following are quotes:
- “On numerous occasions Levi-Strauss has divided societies into two general types: ‘hot’ societies, such as our own, which are dedicated to rapid change and innovation; and ‘cold’ societies, which seek to remain static. He explained the differences between these two social forms by comparing them to different kinds of machines. ‘Cold’ societies, he argued, are like mechanical machines, such as clocks. They begin with a set amount of energy, and they continue to operate at the same level until friction wears them down and some readjustment is necessary. ‘Hot’ societies, by contrast, are like steam engines or other thermodynamic machines. They can do far more work than mechanical machines, but they rapidly use up their energy and must be constantly resupplied. Thus, ‘hot’ societies are constantly changing and have a clearly visible history, whereas ‘cold’ societies resist change and attempt to continue operating in the same energy-conserving patterns as long as possible. Moreover, ‘hot’ societies, like thermodynamic machines, draw their energy from differences in potential within the system.”
- — David Pace (2015), Claude Levi-Strauss: the Bearer of Ashes (pg. #) 
- Pace, David. (2015). Claude Levi-Strauss: the Bearer of Ashes (pg. #). Routledge.
- Cold – Hmolpedia 2020.