Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Revenge of Gaia

I just received a copy of "Revenge of Gaia" by James Lovelock. After the announcements of his support for nuclear energy, including fusion, I've been looking forward to this read.

Pretty diasppointing. While he starts off well with a rational discussion of the inevitable effects of global climate change due largely to human activity, he waffles throughout the book not fully embracing the changes required to accomodate the new environment that will result. He seems stuck on the idea of maintaining our existing cultures, based on "progress," "growth" and "profit." I'm surprised.

If anything, the immenent collapse of human civilization is a result of just those concepts dominating cultural reaction to human needs of food, clothing and shelter. Growth has proven to be a bankrupt concept.

More to come as I finish the book...

1 comment:

  1. I'm not surprised. I've yet to see anyone other than a very limited number of folks (you included) that aren't looking for some technological fix to the looming energy meltdown.

    There's no way things can stay the same. There's no way the growth and "progress" can continue. And even if there was, it shouldn't!