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A Planet Technopolitana Miscellany



To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin an exhaust the land instead of using it to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them -- President Theodore Roosevelt, Message to Congress, December 1907.

The natural man has only two primal passions,
to get and to beget.
William Osler, sage and doctor, from Science and Immortality, 1904

As crude a weapon as the caveman's club, the chemical barrage has been hurled against the fabric of life.
Rachael Carson, Silent Spring, 1962. acknowledged.

left: silk screen design by Isla Gladstone (1905-1987)
above: cottonwoods where I camped in north west Nevada

It was an Irish theologian who set the date of creation at 4004 BC, 'upon the entrance of the night preceding Sunday 23 October'. James Ussher was Protestant primate of Ireland in the seventeenth century and also archbishop of Armagh, where his cathedral crowned a drumlin...shaped beneath the ice sheet of Ireland's last glaciation.
from Michael Viney's Ireland, ch 2, Fire and Ice.

In fact, Ireland's last ice age was most complete about 15,000 years before Ussher's carefully researched date of creation.

Does it matter that we mock Ussher with science to hand?
Or should we beware that science becomes religion?
Can we get too certain that science is always right?

That is a Planet Technopolitana question.


generations and the future:: my son, Elwyn Gladstone & my grandson, Arthur Beare, Pic Aneto, Spanish Pyrenees, 2015


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