Nature Fights Back

Humanity is the most powerful force on the planet. It is so powerful that it is even capable of changing our climate, wiping out many other species of life and turning the place where we live into a place where we may not be able to live, in the relatively near future, be it decades, centuries or millennia.

But the rest of the species on the planet is not without some power of its own. If humanity runs the risk of becoming too populous for the planet, nature fights back. There is a war between humanity and nature. The Corona Virus may be an example of nature fighting back.

In any event the war between humanity and nature is ongoing. The problem is that if humanity wins the war, then it will be a Pyrrhic victory, with humanity having dominion…over a dead planet.

Evolution and inter species dependency

There are two separate processes in nature. One is an evolutionary process in which animals evolve into better animals more adapted to the environment in which they live. Darwin’s idea was of the origin of species by means of natural selection, which was not only the title of his greatest work but also his own summary of how he saw things were happening. His idea is sometimes called “the survival of the fittest” but that name fails to emphasise the way in which the fittest become the fittest by a natural selection of those with the features that are most adaptive. Continue reading

THE MARKET ECONOMY’S DIRTY LITTLE SECRET

By Tony Dickson  

“If the earth must lose that great portion of its pleasantness which it owes to things that the unlimited increase of wealth and population would extirpate from it, for the mere purpose of enabling it to support a larger, but not a better or a happier population, I sincerely hope, for the sake of posterity, that they will be content to be stationary, long before necessity compel them to it”   John Stuart Mill “Principles of Political Economy” – Book IV, Chapter VI (1848)

Our society is much given to regarding our technological and economic prowess with great complacency.  We now live, so we are told, in a post-industrial age: an age where the primal concerns that engaged the attention of humanity throughout the millennia have been left far behind. We are no longer hunters and gatherers, but economic sophisticates with mobile phones and central locking, who regard the few remaining primitives with implacable condescension. This perception is of course, both a monumental conceit and a profound delusion, because those primitive economies achieved something that quite eludes us: stasis and thereby, sustainability.  Economists tell us that if our economy does not grow it will…it will…well, they’re not sure…. perhaps hold its breath until it turns blue. There is simply no long-term model for a static industrial economy; although we may do well to consider the Japanese as potential canaries. Continue reading