Richard Hake posted Jul 26, 2013 4:18 AM: > > Some subscribers to Math-Teach might be interested in > a recent post > "Sad News About Al Bartlett" [Hake (2013)]. The > abstract reads: > > Al Bartlett > <http://bit.ly/19jfGEU> wrote that his non-Hodgkins > Lymphoma, > previously dormant, has returned such that doctors > give him "30 days, > plus or minus." <snip> It is with the greatest of regret (and profound sorrow) that I read of the recurrence of Al Bartlett's lymphoma affliction.
I recall that, when I first came across Bartlett's work (via a post of yours at Math-teach, I believe), I was profoundly impressed by his saying: > > "The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our > inability to understand the exponential function." > - A.A. Bartlett > In that sentence, he has memorably captured everything that is wrong with our (human) growth model.
Is there a way of setting things right? Given that the human population is already in excess of 7 billion today, and that it is likely to cross 10 billion very soon, any such optimism may only be a faint hope.
More in due course.
GSC A couple more memorable sayings from Al Bartlett (as quoted by Richard Hake): > > " 'Sustainable growth' is an oxymoron." > - A.A. Bartlett > > "Smart growth destroys the environment. Dumb growth > destroys the > environment. The only difference is that 'smart > growth' does it with > good taste. It's like booking passage on the Titanic. > Whether you go > first-class or steerage, the result is the same." > - A.A. Bartlett > > "Can you think of any problem in any area of human > endeavor on any > scale, from microscopic to global, whose long-term > solution is in any > demonstrable way aided, assisted, or advanced by > further increases in > population, locally, nationally, or globally?" > - A.A. Bartlett > > > REFERENCES [URL's shortened by <http://bit.ly/> and > accessed on 25 July 2013.] > Hake, R.R. 2013. "Sad News About Al Bartlett," online > on the OPEN! > Net-Gold archives at <http://yhoo.it/12mMNFH>. Post > of 25 Jul 2013 > 16:29:59-0700 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract > and link to the > complete post are being distributed to various > discussion lists and > are on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at > <http://bit.ly/14MSm0s> with a > provision for comment.