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  •  Alternative energy is not a complete solution (3+ / 0-)
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    leevank, crystal eyes, codigo rojo

    for our capitalist addiction to indiscriminate exponential growth:

    "Are Humans Smarter Than Yeast?"

    •  Perhaps our yeast-like demise will serve (2+ / 0-)
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      some greater purpose?

      Kilgore Trout once wrote a short story which was a dialogue between two pieces of yeast.  They were discussing the purposes of life as they ate sugar and suffocated in their own excrement.  Because of their limited intelligence, they never came close to guessing they were making champagne.

      Kurt Vonnegut (Breakfast of Champions)

      It cats could talk, they wouldn't.

      by crystal eyes on Sat Nov 10, 2007 at 04:34:15 PM PST

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    •  Thanks for sharing that video! (1+ / 0-)
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      Akonitum

      I hadn't seen it before, and it's a great one.  My favorite analogy isn't yeast, however, but cancer.  Under a microscope, to the uneducated eye, cancer cells look like the healthiest ones in the body.  But because of exponential growth in a finite host, they end up killing the organism, and with it themselves.

      If you look at a map that shows the growth of "civilized" portions of the world, such as the growth of urban areas, it looks like nothing so much as the spread of cancer, with the original tumor growing, and then metastazing, and then metastasizing again, and all of the tumor sites growing exponentially.

      "Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither liberty nor security." -Ben Franklin

      by leevank on Sat Nov 10, 2007 at 06:12:57 PM PST

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