August 11, 2005
The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race

No, not Visual Basic, apparently. According to Jared Diamond, it's agriculture.

Hmmm. A hunter-gatherer lifestlye may well have been better off in terms of food and health, but it's not able to progress much technologically speaking. So, the hunter-gatherer lifestyle may be better in the short, medium and long terms, but in the long long term, natural climate change would inevitably have wiped humanity out eventually. As it is, there is some chance that we'll manage to get off planet before we destroy the ecosystem for once and for all.

Besides, without technology, the invention of the Wonderbra would have been impossible.

Posted to Science and technology by Simon Brunning at August 11, 2005 01:30 PM
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