Industrial Revolution: The Tipping point?

Discussion in 'Human Science' started by coberst, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. nirakar ( i ^ i ) Registered Senior Member

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    I think the tipping point is a long way off. Humans are fairly resourceful and can survive in a degraded environment. Even nuclear war might not wipe humans out.

    For me the question is are we making life happier or more miserable for the future generations. Science is still advancing and this advancement is a gift to future generations but we are using up natural resources like soil and we are overpopulating and we are leaving pollution and leaving nuclear power plants that will need to be babysitted for thousands of years.
     
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  3. Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you Valued Senior Member

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    Another tipping point could be the end of the oilage as we know it. Unless we discover something that replaces oil, that could be the ultimate tipping point...
     
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  5. Dywyddyr Penguinaciously duckalicious. Valued Senior Member

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    I'm still waiting for Coberst to let us know why he thinks "tipping points" apply to the human race and what we should recover to...
     
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  7. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    It was the steam engine (external combustion) that really kicked off the Industrial Revolution. The conversion of the chemical energy in fossil fuel into kinetic energy allowed the amount of work done on earth to increase by several orders of magnitude over the amount of work that could be done by human and animal musclepower and the occasional waterwheel. Mills, factories, steamships and locomotives: these are what got people off the farm and transformed civilization.
     
  8. Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you Valued Senior Member

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    The question was the tipping point (as the peak of something, the real turn) not the kick off, the start....
     
  9. Ophiolite Valued Senior Member

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    I believe we have passed the point where coberst should be tipped out of any and all forums until he learns how to enter into a discussion rather than preaching the same tired agenda.
     
  10. Dredd Dredd Registered Senior Member

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    That seems to be the debate here: has humanity pushed itself into ecocide by moronic practices.

    There are very competent scientists who say yes and others who say no.

    The "me like me take" attitude toward the earth must decline significantly while a new policy arises.
     
  11. Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you Valued Senior Member

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    You actually read his post? What for?
     
  12. Ophiolite Valued Senior Member

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    Since one can speed read a post such as that in twenty or so seconds, then why not? I wouldn't presume to comment on unfavourably on something I hadn't read.
     
  13. Dywyddyr Penguinaciously duckalicious. Valued Senior Member

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    Dredd, make your points (and support them) in your posts and please don't persist in linking to your own blog. It's lazy and rude.
     
  14. Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you Valued Senior Member

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    Alright, so can you summarize it in 2 not too long sentences?
     
  15. Ophiolite Valued Senior Member

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    Humans are brilliant at solving technical/science problems, but we are crap at solving relationship/social problems. The technical solutions create social problems most of us are too dumb to recognise or solve and it's probably to late to do anything about it.
     
  16. Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you Valued Senior Member

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    So did he have a question or just like to write esseys? By the way nice summary...
     
  17. Ophiolite Valued Senior Member

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    He likes to write essays. He believes that we must all become self actualising critical thinkers if the planet is to be saved. He is blissfully unaware that he couldn't self actualise himself out of a wet paper bag and that critical thinking should be applied to your own thoughts as well.

    Thank you. It's one of the things I do - teach people to write executive summaries.
     

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