It’s fascinating to see how so many scientists and environmentalists refer to easter island as a warning for the collapse of our global civilization in the future. If you don’t know much about it, you should watch these videos. This is totally in line with what Jerod Diamond has been preaching. Hat tip: Josh (for recommending “Guns, Germs, and Steel“)
In college, I remember having a conversation with my buddies about what life would be like if we were to colonize on an isolated and deserted island. They pontificated the ways they would start a new civilization, new governmental structures, and so forth… but none of them talked about sustainable energy, food, and ecology. They didn’t talk about how they would record knowledge for the next generations, or how they would select desired traits/DNA, and so forth. While it was a purely hypothetical scenario, it was interesting to see that the issues they were most concerned with were only a fraction of what should have been considered.