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Re: [evol-psych] Paper: Why a collapse of global civilization will be avoided: a comment on Ehrlich & Ehrlich

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  • rafonda@frontier.com
    ... Exactly, and find ourselves going ever further into a far from equilibrium state. It reminds me of the joke about a man falling from a great height,
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      we keep needing to develop more technologies to solve the problems created by a prior technology <

      Exactly, and find ourselves going ever further into a 'far from equilibrium' state. It reminds me of the joke about a man falling from a great height, saying ''so far, so good''.

      RAF


      From: "Pratarelli, Marc E" <marc.pratarelli@...>
      To: "'evolutionary-psychology@yahoogroups.com'" <evolutionary-psychology@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Friday, August 2, 2013 4:22 PM
      Subject: Re: [evol-psych] Paper: Why a collapse of global civilization will be avoided: a comment on Ehrlich & Ehrlich

       
      Good point.  Another problem with Kelly’s optimistic argument that happens to be tainted with a twist of irony is that if in fact we look to history as he suggests, then we have to recognize that the history of technological innovation itself reveals we keep needing to develop more technologies to solve the problems created by a prior technology; we’re constantly in a patching mode.   As an example, the last research I saw on Prius hybrid technology showed that you needed to drive it about 5 years before the savings to the environment balanced out because much of the battery technology is far more carbon intensive than conventional vehicles.
       
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