We understand how our civilised lifestyle is based on the idea of food production. We also understand how this leads to pyramidical hierarchies and exponential population growth. But why did we develop this lifestyle at all and why did we stick to it up to a point where we could go extinct because of it? Continue reading One Right Way
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?
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
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
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