Professor Albert Bartlett
“The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.”
“Can you think of any problem in any area of human endeavor on any scale, from microscopic to global, whose long-term solution is in any demonstrable way aided, assisted, or advanced by further increases in population, locally, nationally, or globally?”
There’s no tomorrow
It’s not just climate change that we’re on a collision course with, we’re in conflict with basic arithmetic, specifically the exponential function. Although Thomas Malthus’ timing was off, he got it right, and mathematics will win in the end. The 32 minute video above explains why.
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How did we get into this mess?
We have an economic system based upon ever-increasing interest bearing debt and its built-in requirement for continual growth. That growth is fuelled mainly by burning stuff. We need to understand why continual growth on a finite planet is not only undesirable, It’s flat-out impossible.
The best man to explain that is Professor Albert Bartlett with “The Most Important Video You’ll Ever See.”