Monday, December 26, 2005

Blind to the End

The time-scale is our conceptual problem. Tectonic events happen on a scale of hundreds to millions of years. Most humans find it hard to think beyond the life spans of their grandchildren. There is a psychological fault line between the human and the natural calibration of the world. Incomprehension fosters a kind of rose-tinted amnesia. If anything, the comparative comfort of modern (at least Western) life makes disasters the more unthinkable. We don't want to know.

Richard Fortey ,the senior paleontologist at the Natural History Museum in London, is the author of "Earth: An Intimate History."


Blogger Woody said...

If there are earthquakes in California, George W. Bush will be responsible.

7:38 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

Failure to plan is a plan to fail wherever it is, and a chronic problem of his as well. Simple answers never work out.

11:27 AM  

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