Saturday, December 29, 2007


Wade through the twelve readings in my critical list in the green box at the start of this review, and you will find many diagnoses of human nature and the human condition, and prescriptions for turning our nature and our talents to create a Future State better than the desperate and desolate one in which we live today. All of these prescriptions call for some kind of collective awareness, collective understanding, and hence collective action. Gray would have us believe that belief in the possibility of such collective phenomena is absurd, unwarranted, unsubstantiable, even insane

Quoting EO Wilson

"Darwin's dice have rolled badly for Earth"

"The destruction of the natural world is not the result of global capitalism, industrialization, Western civilization, or any flaw in human institutions. It is a consequence of the evolutionary success of an exceptionally rapacious primate."

Our species' time on this planet is coming quickly and inexorably to a most unpleasant end

We are living witnesses of the degrading of the biosphere to the point that it can no longer sustain us

We are witnessing already the early signs of the next great and inevitable extinction of life on our planet.

Homo rapiens is only one of very many species, and not obviously worth preserving. Later or sooner, it will become extinct. When it is gone Earth will recover.

nature will merely shrug and conclude that letting apes run the laboratory was fun for a while but in the end a bad idea.

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