Saturday, October 01, 2005

COLLAPSE - Jarod Diamonds book

COLLAPSE - What can we learn from Jarod Diamonds' book ? Glass half full or Glass half empty? This work is very significant because it builds on geomorphic and historical stories of other civilizations . Observation can be the great key to understanding and anticipating the future. The difficult part can be applying the truth to ourselves!

Jarod pushes the reader to stand back and look closely at our owh civilization . While I, as a applied geomorphologist enjoyed the substance and the speculation ( there has to be lots of both) the push is cast too tightly within some simple post modern myths about what motivates people. Fear yes, but know what to fear!
The big question for all us who share jarod's sound concerns, is in what way we can establish protection against pushing our cultures to the edge . For a glass half full view of conservation imperatives that cuts at ground level tune into the land. ?


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