April 17, 2005
While we're talking about the end of the world

via boingboing via Noah, a nice slightly alternative view of the post-peak-oil world by Ran Prieur, whose crank-ness is at least as high as Kunstler, and whose voice is a welcome complement rather than argument:

"I suggest we're already in the fall of civilization.... [Another] lie is that lack of food will make people kill each other.... I can't explain it, why people will kill for ideas and then, when their life is at stake, will quietly starve.... [and then, a liner out of left field] My own wild speculation is that humans are already splitting into two "races" very much like Tolkien's elves and orcs...."

But what this all makes me think of (besides Lucifer's Hammer) is this Independent story today about the infrared-analysis that is opening up the Oxyrhynchus Papyri, with "new" works by Sophocles, Euripedes, Hesiod, et al. (Sophocles: "gobbling the whole, sharpening the flashing iron," I like that line.) The world has already ended a bunch of times. Take heart!

Posted by dbrown at April 17, 2005 11:07 PM
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