Our hunter-gatherer future

Climate change will make agriculture impossible, hunter gatherer life ways are the future

Our-Hunter-Gatherer-future.pdf (473.7 KB) for most of human history, about 300,000 years, we lived as hunter gatherers in sustainable, egalitarian communities of a few dozen people. Human life on Earth, and our place within the planet’s biophysical systems, changed dramatically with the Holocene, a geological epoch that began about 12,000 years ago. An unprecedented combination of climate stability and warm temperatures made possible a greater dependence on wild grains in several parts of the world. Over the next several thousand years, this dependence led to agriculture and large-scale state societies. These societies show a common pattern of expansion and collapse. Industrial civilization began a few hundred years ago when fossil fuel propelled the human economy to a new level of size and complexity. This change brought many benefits, but it also gave us the existential crisis of global climate change. Climate models indicate that the Earth could warm by 3°C-4 °C by the year 2100 and eventually by as much as 8 °C or more. This would return the planet to the unstable climate conditions of the Pleistocene when agriculture was impossible. Policies could be enacted to make the transition away from industrial civilization less devastating and improve the prospects of our hunter-gatherer descendants. These include aggressive policies to reduce the long-run extremes of climate change, aggressive population reduction policies, rewilding, and protecting the world’s remaining indigenous cultures.

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Policies must be enforced by authority, and humanity’s systems of authority are inherently psychopathic because psychos will break the rules to gain unfair advantage.

A conscioussness shift is our only hope. Nature will change. Some will adapt. Attempting to force change through “policy” will just sacrifice more of our freedom.

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Ernesto, agreed.
There are examples of people groups that abandon their own ways and merge into another culture. There is, in the interim, the middle ground where they can learn.
We need to develop a viable alternative for others to see, without making them others or outsiders.

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Something to think about. Not that we would have to go this old school, but it is a good watch.