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05/20/2013

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Brian

"Can we fix it?! Yes, we can!"

Those with young kids will recognize the tag line from Bob the Builder (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P2-Nmk1uFQ).

This simple children's show tag line probably tells you everything you need to know about humans and their belief in their own techno-prowess. It is always present and reinforced practically from birth.

Humans cannot help but to apply it to anything, everything, everywhere, all the time...

Can we fix it? Yes we can!

Dave Cohen

Do not miss the Bonus Video I've added to this post.

-- Dave

Jim

Hilarious video. I predict the Turbo Encabulator will soon replace Thorium as 'The Thingamajig that Saves Us'.

JohnWDB

Meanwhile, euphoria is "tempered" over shale trickle (or "boom", whichever you prefer):

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/20/us-usa-oil-shale-analysis-idUSBRE94J02820130520

I found this article remarkably realistic...will wait to see if it gets picked up by major media outlets touting the shale boom.

Wheelerlucas

I would say the Mithen work needs to be read in conjunction with Richard Wrangham's "Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human". Mithen has nothing to say about the domestication of fire and the effect it had on our evolutionary development. That is simply a glaring oversight in an otherwise find work.

A comparatively new work by Timothy Taylor, that expands on this whole line of research, into human origin and subsequential development, is "The Artificial Ape:
How Technology Change the Course Human Evolution": http://www.amazon.com/The-Artificial-Ape-Technology-Evolution/dp/0230617638/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369072720&sr=8-1&keywords=the+artificial+ape
Have yet to get a hold of a copy -- the reviews at Amazon and else where have got me very intrigued.

Dave Cohen

@JohnWDB

Kunstler believes that shale oil production in the U.S. will be in terminal decline within five years or a "few more years" as he says today. He is certain about it. Of course he is, he's a Doomer.

I am a realist, so I don't have the same bias. I don't know when the peak for shale oil will come. It may come within 5 years, it may not come in that time frame. That depends on many factors (the oil price, investment, geology, etc.)

I thought people reading DOTE regularly would have learned to spot this bias by now, since I have spent so much time documenting it.

But I see that I was mistaken. That is disappointing.

Regarding the disappointing Ohio production, as reported by Reuters, I ridiculed the coming Utica shale "boom" twice on this blog. I knew it was all hype.

http://www.declineoftheempire.com/2012/03/the-utica-shale-how-desperate-is-ohio.html

http://www.declineoftheempire.com/2011/12/the-next-oil-miracle-will-be-in-ohio.html

So the failure there comes as no surprise to me.

-- Dave

Oliver

Yes, mankind's reliance on/obsession with technology makes even more (non)sense to me now. There's clearly no place for the likes of me in this particular world, as I am all thumbs with anything technical and I have minimal interest in grasping the basic tenets of turbo encabulation theory.

On that note, I will now beam back up to Venus whence I came - if I can locate my verbranosepticolator.

JohnWDB

Respectfully, Dave, my reading of Kunstler is not an endorsement of his worldview, which I understand to be a sort of quaint, Amish version of catastrophic collapse (i.e., "the world made by hand"). Kunstler is correct about a few things, including media hype about the shale boom and its futile defense of the status quo, and he writes about them in an entertaining way. He makes some astute observations, but he spends much of his time prognosticating, mashing new data into an existing narrative he's boxed himself into. And as such, he is mostly incorrect. The read is no less entertaining, and I suspected you thought as much when you linked him earlier this year.

Lew Stewell

Turboencabulator.
Best.
Video.
Ever.

Ken Barrows

$750,000,000 for the Turboencabulator? That's not even one POMO day!

Mike Roberts

Excellent video but I can't help feeling that there is an inherent flaw in the design. However, I'm sure that most people who see this will hail it as yet another example of infinite human ingenuity.

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