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Fruit Flies in a Bottle

September 12, 2010
Thus it is fair to ask, how acute is our foresight today? What are we doing, or failing to do, that might prompt future generations to ask the same question of us: How could they not have seen what was in store for them?

Herbert Stein’s law: “That which can not go on forever, won’t.”

“For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.” – Richard Feynman

When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. If you are heading straight for a cliff, stop and change direction.

Promote the common good.

“We have the opportunity to learn from the mistakes of distant peoples and past peoples. That’s an opportunity that no past society enjoyed to such a degree.”

It remains to be seen if we seize upon this opportunity.

United we stand, divided we fall.

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Place a few fruit flies in a bottle with a layer of honey at the bottom, and they will quickly multiply to an enormous number, and then, just as quickly, die off to the very last, poisoned by their wastes. Similarly, add a few yeast cells to grape juice, seal the bottle, and the cells will consume the sugar and turn it into alcohol. When the alcohol rises to 12.5% it will kill off all the yeast

Human beings, we are told, are different. Humans can utilize their accumulated knowledge, evaluate evidence and apply reason, and with these skills and accomplishments they can imagine alternative futures and choose among them to their advantage.
what did the Easter Islander who cut down the last palm tree say while he was doing it? Like modern loggers, did he shout “Jobs, not trees!”? Or: “Technology will solve our problems, never fear, we’ll find a substitute for wood”?
we need more research, your proposed ban on logging is premature and driven by fear-mongering”?

Sound familiar?

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