Plenty more fish not in the sea

This is very very interesting and depressing stuff.

http://www.hogsalt.com/wp-hogsalt/2013/04/the-stades-last-stand/

The tl;dr.  We trash the joint. Then invent new technologies to trash new joints.  See also Marvin Harris’ “Cannibals and Kings“. And Charles Tilly’s “Coercion, Capital and European States 990 to 1992”

Oh, and “Overshoot” is indeed a wrist-slasher of a book. Written in 1980.

Hat-tip to Antonio Dias

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2 Responses to Plenty more fish not in the sea

  1. Antonio Dias says:

    Thanks for reading. Check out Christian’s other posts while you’re at it!
    http://www.hogsalt.com/wp-hogsalt/author/christianford/

  2. Sam Gunsch says:

    re: “invent new technologies to trash new joints”

    Ernst Mayr: ” he [Mayr] basically argued is that intelligence is a kind of lethal mutation.””

    in: Noam Chomsky: Human intelligence and the environment
    http://www.isreview.org/issues/76/feat-chomsky.shtml

    excerpt: ” I’ll begin with an interesting debate that took place some years ago between Carl Sagan, the well-known astrophysicist, and Ernst Mayr, the grand old man of American biology. They were debating the possibility of finding intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. ”

    excerpt: “And what he [Mayr] basically argued is that intelligence is a kind of lethal mutation.”

    excerpt: “his [Mayr’s] argument was, you’re just not going to find intelligent life elsewhere, and you probably won’t find it here for very long either because it’s just a lethal mutation. “”

    excerpt: “With the environmental crisis, we’re now in a situation where we can decide whether Mayr was right or not. If nothing significant is done about it, and pretty quickly, then he will have been correct: human intelligence is indeed a lethal mutation. Maybe some humans will survive, but it will be scattered and nothing like a decent existence, and we’ll take a lot of the rest of the living world along with us.

    So is anything going to be done about it? The prospects are not very auspicious.”

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