Pushing The Pedal To The Metal – Agriculture And Unchecked Growth

Imagine you were sitting in a very fast car on a straight road. You can’t see it yet, but there is a wall at the end of it. Would you speed up? As long as the road is empty and straight, maybe you would. After all, you have plenty of fuel, and if pushing it brings you faster to wherever you think the journey is going, why not? But what if you finally see that wall? Would you trust that your vehicle is strong enough to break through? Maybe if you push it a little more? Can you know how strong that wall is? What if it’s not a wall but a rock surface? How do you know? Do you trust that, once you are close enough to tell if its paper, concrete or rock, your car’s brakes will still be able to bring you to a stop before you crash into it?

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The Law Of Negative Feedback

There are laws and then there are natural laws. Natural laws can not be broken. This assumption comes with the word. Even though we do not really understand gravity, we are pretty sure that an apple will fall to the ground when we let go of it, air will go up if it is hotter then the surrounding atmosphere.We are pretty sure that trees will dry out and eventually die when they don’t get water. Continue reading The Law Of Negative Feedback

The Population Problem

If you believe the World population clock, there are now just under 7.4 billion humans on this planet. Since the clock is mostly based on official figures, chances are that the real number is even higher.

Tenthousand years ago, at the dawn of the agricultural revolution, it is believed that the count was somewhere in between 5 and 10 million. At this time all scientific research also suggests Continue reading The Population Problem

How Agriculture Created the First Pyramid

So here we are. Self-sufficient, we think. Everything we need, we produce ourselves. Food, building materials, medicine, machines for travelling, clothes, fuel, energy. If we believe in our TVs and newspapers, we have all of those in abundance. Continue reading How Agriculture Created the First Pyramid

Definitions: The Evolution of Cultures – What is a Meme?

Memetic theory goes back 200 years. You could say that the idea that cultures are subject to the same fundamental process of selection as biological organisms, evolution, directly followed Darwins first publications on the subject.

The basic idea is simple. Continue reading Definitions: The Evolution of Cultures – What is a Meme?

Tribute to Daniel Quinn

About 11 years ago a good friend pointed me to an author she liked a lot, lending me a book called A.D.. Me not being very impressed, she handed me another one, hoping that it would make me understand why this writer was so remarkable. and it did. It kicked over some of my previous views, made me connect almost all the knowledge i had aquired at that point to a logically satisfying system and made me start thinking on, Continue reading Tribute to Daniel Quinn

Resources: The World Population Clock & Early Estimates

Here’s a very interesting Page I found on the current and historical developements of the human world population it provides very accurate statistics on the developement from the start of our civilisation up to the present.
It also comes with a detailed live-count. don’t look at that for too long though, it might be depressing… .
http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/

However in order to estimate the population – developement before 10000 BC I found these Wikipedia-Articles very helpful:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_population_estimates
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toba_catastrophe_theory
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Population_bottleneck

Also very helpful is Hyde, the History Databas of the Global Environment:
http://themasites.pbl.nl/tridion/en/themasites/hyde/

Resources: Civilisation Studies

Here’s a useful link on the study of Civilisations

International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations
http://wmich.edu/iscsc/civilization.html

Resources: Meme Theory

Richard Dawkins on the hijacking of the term ‘meme’ by the internet:
http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-06/20/richard-dawkins-memes

And of course Wikipedia on the topic:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memetics

Resources: Beautiful Quotes

During my research for this Blog i came across some awesome collections of quotes, some of which i want to share here:

Quotes about ethics:
http://www.catalystcentre.ca/school-of-activism/resource-library/quotes-about-ethicsvaluesmorals/
http://www.valuequotes.net/