What was the worst mistake in human history?:Food for Thought

 The Worst Mistake In The History Of The Human Race” by Jared Diamond (PDF/Adobe Acrobat) View as HTML

Easter’s End by Jared Diamond- example of a study about a vanished civilization

 Do you agree with Diamond? Was the Neolithic revolution our worst mistake? Can Technology save us from ourselves?

Diamonds perspective on human civilization is that it is a ticking time bomb unless something, if there is still time, can be done to stop the destructive people of human civilization.  He put forth several books that focus on this topic and the bomb of human.  I think that the historical evidences are striking in his favor of the end of the world being produced my people.  One of Diamonds best supporting historic evidences is the Easter Islands rise and fall and destruction of what he viewed a smaller interpretation of the world.

 I can see what he means and think that his conclusion holds great amounts of truth that people should not ignore.  Massive amounts of consumption and globalization of human beings networking together has and will cause the earth’s human population to grow astronomically out of control.  Over time, just like the Easter Island people, there will be nothing left of land and resource for the type of human growth we witnessing now.  The great empires of the past did not fall into ruin quickly, but slow slipped down to extinction.      

When you look at the evidences of human health, work and relaxation and efficiency, 3 out of 4 say that hunting and gathering was the better way for humans to live, not as an agrarian society.  There are six deadly sins of “civilized” living for humans: malnutrition, starvation, epidemic disease, social class division, warfare, and autocracy.  The Neolithic revolution happened most lily form the increase in human survival rates and basic human population growth growing beyond hunter and gather sustainability causing people to turn towards farming.  I thing that it could be the beginning of a long line of worst mistake humans have made such as nuclear war, resource exploitations, chemical warfare, genocides of selected “inferior” human groups, plant and animal extinction, pollution of the world resources, greed etc.  True that many of them came after the Neolithic revolution, but it could be said to be the beginning of the end.   

Technology is a double edge sword that will get us all killed or possibly save us, depending on how we use it.  Humans are such complex animals and unique drives of survival.  I think it could but not all of us.  I would say that technology would likely destroy the majority of human life and a few would have found away to survive with the use of different technology.  Humans in a civilized world tend to be more warfare and destructive people and it only takes a few to destroy many.  Countless wars and human atrocities in our history have shown the statement to be true.  I think some can be saves through technology, but more will be lost first before we all realize the consequences of our actions.– Adrienne Elder 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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  • Chris Thompson  On April 22, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Oh, the allure of his argument is heady and particularly appealing to the nihilistic among us who like to reject our own societies. Those who, like prophets of the Tanakh, decry its perceived immoralities and inequities, calling down the wrath of a supreme being. There is much merit to diamond’s assertions, though I cannot give myself over to his findings. I find that the argument reminds me of certain reactions to sapir-worf, noting how the language one speaks imposes limits on the very way in which one understands and thus interacts with the world at large. What I see is that it frees us from the limits of our inherited animalistic traits, which can be seen in examples of feral humans. As he said we are now at 6 minutes to midnight; we had the rest of the day to adapt to a hunter and gatherer form of subsistence, we can at least give another 15 minutes to adapting to agriculture. That is if we don’t kill ourselves trying…

    Best regards,
    Chris Thompson
    Milan

    P.s. On consuming all available resources, it happens again and again, look no further than Nauru in modern times.

  • sarsen56  On April 25, 2008 at 11:23 am

    maybe but we can’t do much about it..

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