Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Arithmetic, Population and Energy - A Must See Video

Over a year ago, a friend invited me to watch some YouTube videos. The user that shared it audaciously named it "The most important video you'll ever see". I finally took the time to watch that 8-parts video, slightly over an hour long in total. This video won't tell you why you live, or what's your mission in life, but yes, it's my turn to strongly recommend it to you.

It's a course given by Dr. Albert A. Bartlett on "Arithmetic, Population, and Energy" at the University of Colorado. It clearly show why population growth and our energy consumption isn't sustainable, no matter how optimistic you are (I am optimistic, but I'm also a realist). The video explains the exponential function and why it applies to population and energy consumption. "Sustainable growth" is a contradiction. Real big changes are required. These changes will happen. Now the question is: do humans want to be part of the solution or simply endure the consequences? 

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