Thursday, July 23, 2015

Human Beings are Right Up There with Rats and Cockroaches in Our Ability to Adapt to Different Environments

Bill, exactly. Human beings are right up there with rats and cockroaches in our ability to adapt to different environments, a classic generalist species well adapted to sudden change and disruption. Given the geographic spread and the diversity of environments currently inhabited by Homo sap., too, we're an exterminator's nightmare. I expect global population to bottom out in two centuries or so at well under half a billion people, but that's an ample breeding population for long term survival, to say nothing of the impact of all that Darwinian selection. - John Michael Greer
An amazing story proving that Greer is right is the one about the Lykov family. Their story gives a good insight into what our post-industrial future might will look like as well. It will be hard lives, no doubt. But still I think it will be worth it, as life will get back meaning and we'll regain silence and darkness.

Anyway, either you long for or fear for, or both, our post-industrial future, which might be knocking on our doors just now, this is a story everybody who wants to be prepared should read.

- For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II

Rats and humans have a lot more in common than we might like to think. No wonder that we always have had a close, but odd relationship. Image: JSharp

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