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Too Smart for Our Own Good
Date Tuesday December 18
Time 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location Details
Humanist Hall
390 27th Street
uptown Oakland, between Telegraph and Broadway
Event Type Meeting
EmailHumanistHall [at]

Chapter 5 of Craig Dilworth’s
Presented by Ken Peterson

We will continue to discuss Craig Dilworth‘s unique history of our species written from the perspective of the failure of technology to ultimately solve our deepest problems: "Too Smart for Our Own Good: The Ecological Predicament of Humankind." There is no need to read the book or Chapter 5 in advance. Ken Peterson will put forth the basic ideas to discuss.

In the book Craig Dilworth presents the thesis, the “Vicious Circle Principle”, that from the beginning of Homo Sapiens' existence, our species’ development from the first rock tools has consisted of an accelerating movement from situations of scarcity, to technological innovation, to increased resource availability, to increased consumption, to population growth, to resource depletion, to scarcity once again, and so on, leading after more than 200,000 years to today’s population overshoot, extreme environmental stress, and approaching resource limits.

In this session we will discuss Chapter 5, “The Development of Humankind“, from the perspective of Dilworth’s Vicious Circle Principle. We will see what contemporary humans have in common with early hominids and the first humans in the way we are dealing with population stress, then look at the development of horticulture, agriculture, and finally industrial society in response to population and ecological stresses.

If you appreciate the study of anthropology, ecology, and history, and if you understand that we humans are not doing well at solving our deepest problems with development of yet more complex social structures and technology, then this evening’s meeting is for you!

Wheelchair accessible around the corner at 411 28th Street

$5 donations are expected

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