Isn't it nice that the world is still full of joy, and there are still people so oblivious to the gathering clouds of famine, war, deprivation and pestilence that they can make ecstatic photographs like this series by Jordan Matter? Dancers Among Us reminds me that I always wanted to be a ballerina.his obituary today. If anyone worked tirelessly to save humanity from our own colossal stupidity, it was Dr. Bartlett.
one of his lectures over a year ago, which is pretty good, I recommend reading the whole thing when you have time.
looks like a flat rate for an extremely long period, and then suddenly take off. Every hockey stick looks exactly that way - whether it's CO2 in the air or human population - because that IS the way the exponential function works. If bacteria in a tube are doubling every minute, it's half-full at the last minute before it is abruptly full. But it can take a relatively very long time to get to half-full.
Below are a few lines from Dr. Bartlett's lecture, followed by a short, delightfully funny video of the photographer at work:
"Can it be that scientists, engineers and technologists are impeding the movement of our society toward sustainability?"
"Science, engineering and technology have made it possible for populations to grow so large that by our largeness we are threatening the global ecosphere. Is this what we want from our science and technology?""We've arranged a global civilization in which most crucial elements – transportation, communications, and all other industries; agriculture, medicine, education, entertainment, protecting the environment; and even the key democratic institution of voting – profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces."
"Dumb growth destroys the environment.
Smart growth destroys the environment.
The difference is that smart growth
destroys the environment with good taste.
So it’s like buying a ticket on the TITANIC.
If you’re smart you go first class
If you’re dumb you go steerage.
Either way the result is the same."