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   This presentation will lead you to appreciate
    some of the behavioural differences between us
    and our closest cousins on the evolutionary
    scale, monkeys.

   We will deal mainly with what humans do - that
    monkeys don’t do and finish with one striking
What qualifies as something that humans
do that monkeys don’t do?

       Requires petroleum or a large amount of inputs
       Will be irreversible once energy becomes rare
       Will be inoperable without petroleum
       Will cause irreparable future harm to the environment
        and perhaps to society
       Our descendents will curse us for
 If you have prior understanding of:

                  Peak oil
              Carrying capacity
             Exponential growth
             The I=TAP formula
            Overshoot and dieoff

you will better appreciate the irony of what
     humans do that monkeys don’t do.
In recent years, the modern human has
acquired a fondness for bottled water:
Bottled water:
    Not guaranteed to be any healthier than tap water
    Can cost up to 10,000 times more than tap water
    Transporting bottled water long distances involves burning
     massive quantities of fossil fuels
    Nearly a quarter of all bottled water
     crosses international borders to reach consumers
    Making bottles to meet Americans' demand
     for bottled water requires enough energy to fuel 100,000 U.S.
     cars for a year
    In a number of places there is better regulation governing the
     quality of tap water than bottled water
    Adds more garbage to landfill
    Yet, it is so easy to avoid:

   Have we become so lazy that we can’t fill
    a jug or a reusable bottle?
Would a monkey build a Ski Hill in the
desert, knowing that oil will run out???

   The United Arab Emirates have more money
    than they know what to do with. So what do
    they do? Have a look at the following pictures.
Ski hill under construction
Eureka! It’s completed! Ain’t it modern looking?
Actually, it’s really funny! Snow in the scorching heat of the desert!
Complete with chairlift and lights
Right down to the snow-covered pine trees!
But that wasn’t enough!!!

Now they’re building the
largest artificial island in
the world to turn into
waterfront lots.

                               Enormous vacuum pipes transfer gravel
                               from the sea bottom onto newly made
                               mounds to form the islands.
How about the world’s largest
swimming pool?
    San Alfonso del Mar, Santiago de Chile:
    1 kilometre long, 2,5 million litres of water, covering 20 acres

    Sur la côte Pacifique, à 130 kilomètres de Santiago du Chili, se
     dresse San Alfonso del Mar. Plage de sable, restaurant, salles de
     cinéma et boîtes de nuit : ce complexe touristique créé en 2007
     pourrait ressembler à n'importe quelle station balnéaire. A ceci près
     qu'il entoure la plus grande piscine du monde. Découvrez-le.
Chile can’t be accused of thinking small!
Another nail in the coffin of biodiversity
and sustainability, huh?
« Mother Nature doesn’t know how to do
things right », seems to think Fernando
Fischmann, the creator of this monstrosity
 Monkeys don’t sail, so they might not even think of this one…

The Biggest Private Yacht!!!
In 2003, the launch of Paul Allen's 127m (416ft) "Octopus" secured its number
one position as the world's largest yacht.

Microsoft's "accidental billionaire" Paul Allen - worth US$20 billion according to
Forbes, the third richest man in America and 7th in the world - owns two other
monster yachts such as Tatoosh ranked 3rd in the World in 2003.

Octopus cost Allen over US$200 million and has Permanent crew of 60,
including several former Navy Seals. It has two helicopters, seven boats, a 10-
man submarine and a remote controlled vehicle for crawling on the ocean
floor. The submarine has the capacity to sleep eight for up to two weeks

On average, owners must spend a minimum of 10 percent of the purchase
price every year to keep these yachts in good working condition and cover
crew salaries. Therefore “Octopus” which cost Allen US$200 million requires a
US$20 million annual budget.

Have a look at the following photos.
The paradox is that it is perfectly rational for
Paul Allen to indulge in this kind of luxury.

   Before passing judgement on Mr. Allen, lets consider
   this. If he deprived himself of his toys it would make
   not an iota of difference in the onset of the oil peak.

   And when the ramifications of peak oil send the price
   of the barrel of petroleum through the roof, Mr. Allen
   will still have plenty of money to secure the supply he
   will need.

   So why should he make a sacrifice when everybody
   else is living it up?
Monkeys like
heights, but not to
the extent that
humans do.

Here’s the
The Taipei Tower
   The Taipei 101 tower, Taipei, Taiwan, achieved its full 508-meter
    (1,674 feet) height with the addition of a huge metal spike capping
    the 101-floor structure.
   The 60-meter spire pushed the tower's height well above the 452-
    meter high twin towers in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.
   The designers of the Taipei 101 tower say it has been built to
    withstand typhoons and earthquakes, both of which have struck the
    Taiwan capital in recent years.
   Taiwan, which straddles an active fault line of the western Pacific
    regularly experiences earthquakes.
   In September 1999 a powerful quake of magnitude hit the capital,
    killing more than 2,400 people and destroying or damaging over
    50,000 buildings.
   The architects behind the new Taipei 101 tower say it will easily ride
    out a quake of similar strength, or an even more powerful one.
The Taipei Tower
   Lets assume the engineers are right and that the tower will never

   The problem is that after Peak Oil this building will become useless,
    unless we can harness a few tens of thousand monkeys to ride an
    exercise wheel connected to a generator to provide it with power.
World’s largest cruise ship
    The largest cruise ship in the world is under
     construction just a few years before global oil
     production peaks!
Project Genesis
   Not ugly as cruise ships go, this future white elephant
    will displace 222,000 tons and will carry 5,400
   It will measure 360 metres and have a freeboard of no
    less than 65 metres in height!
   She will generate 1,800,000 litres of fresh water and 35
    tonnes of ice every day.
   For the amusement of its passengers, it will provide an
    ice skating rink, rock climbing walls, a water park and an
    on-board surfing system.
   It is being built in the Turku ship yards of Finland at a
    cost of $1.1 billion U.S.
One wonders what the
investors think this monster
will run on when oil runs out.
Of course, what they are thinking is “I can recoup my investment and make a killing in ten years”
The world’s largest passenger
The A380 may seem like a good idea

But what will we do with the carcases
when the tourism industry goes to the
dogs after peak oil?
Terminal five - Heathrow

   Spanking new! Inaugurated by the Queen
    in March 2008
Grow grow grow as usual in spite
of the peak oil alarm bells!!!

   60 million passengers per year in 2008 – how
    many will there be twenty years from now?
Big Box Shopping Centres
Without gasoline, how will we drive to the big box

After peak oil, what will we do with these empty stores?
Will we have enough resources to disassemble them
and return the land to agriculture?
Dismantling of railways
Putatively for saving money
   The Canadian government
    decided to trash the future of
    transportation by dismantling
    thousands of kilometres of
    railway tracks throughout
Scrapping streetcars
                       In the 1950s
                       the majority of
                       thinking of
                       themselves as
                       dismantled their
   This environmentally
    sound method of public
    transit was trashed in
    favour of noisy, smelly
    busses that depended on

   One factor that influenced
    the decision was the
    notion that streetcars
    were old fashioned and
    busses modern.

   Built
    they were
   Curtain walls are windows that form an entire wall.
    They don’t open and therefore don’t allow the
    tenant to control air quality naturally.

   Once energy becomes expensive, how will we
    heat, cool and ventilate buildings made this way?
   On the surface, using irrigation for growing food
    or useful products such as cotton might sound
    like a good idea. But look at what it’s done to
    the Aral Sea…
The Aral

an inland
body of fresh
water turned
into a salty
The Aral Sea
Irrigation with
fossil water
   We are using
    groundwater faster
    than it’s replenishing

                             Ogallala aquifer in central-southern USA
Irrigation with fossil water
   We have artificially increased food production through an
    unsustainable reliance on underground water that was
    sequestered in aquifers millions of years ago.

   But when those sources run dry, the global society will
    have to grow less food with what falls from the heavens.
Draining wetlands
Draining wetlands

   The idea is to replace
    the cropland usurped by
    urbanization and to
    create new building lots.

   Loss of ecosystems and biodiversity

   Destruction of replenishment of groundwater sources
Antibiotics in feed and water

   Factory farming is
    enhanced by the
    addition of antibiotics
    to animal feed and
The downside?

    The few bacteria that survive inside the gut of a pig
     on antibiotics do so because they have natural
     resistance to the antibiotic. Then the surviving
     bacteria reproduce and have a built-in resistance to
     the particular antibiotic that was used.

    Overuse of antibiotics therefore is responsible for
     the creation of resistant strains of bacteria
The downside?

   We are shooting ourselves in the collective foot by this
    misuse of these former wonder drugs.

   Every year current antibiotics become less effective at
    dealing with bacterial infections.

   We are now talking about flesh eating disease and super
    bugs, the result of human greed (for cheaper meat).
Do scientists think of all the
consequences of their research?

   I certainly didn’t when I
    spent most of my
    career helping to
    develop the science of
    embryo transfer,
    known as ET.
                                                          This was me when I was much
                                                           younger and had more hair

                          It was only ten years later that I began to understand that the way we were
                           using this technology was going to lead dairy farming to disaster one day.
Cows of excellent genetic potential
(good milkers) are used as donors.
   ET cows are treated with
    hormones to make them produce a
    large number of ova which are
    fertilized by artificial insemination
    with semen from genetically
    superior bulls.
   The cow’s reproductive tract is
    subsequently flushed to recover
    the embryos.
   The microscopic embryos are
    transferred individually into healthy
    cows of inferior pedigree. The
    recipient cows carry the calves to
   The resulting ET calves possess         7-day old cow embryos
    all the great genes of the donor         ready for implanting
    cow and her sire.
The making of the super cow

   A city slicker could be
    forgiven for thinking that
    tweaking genetics to
    make cows give more
    milk is a good idea.
The making of the super cow

   This is what scientists
    have been very
    successful at doing for
    the past 70 years. And
    ET technology helped
    speed up the process.
   Whereas cows used to
    give 20 kg a day of milk,
    the average cow now
    gives 50 kg a day and
    some up to 100 kg a day!
The problem is…

     The concept of GIGO, “Garbage In – Garbage
      Out” applies to cows as well as databases.

     In order to squeeze massive amounts of milk out
      of cows you need to cram massive amounts of
      inputs into them…
…feed that is high in protein
and energy

as well as the best quality hay
and silage

fed in a controlled way,
according to the individual’s
milk output

…and these inputs can’t be produced
without…you’ve guessed it…
Oil, of course !!!
ET technology is not inherently bad

   Embryo transfer technology itself
    is actually fairly low tech, as it
    requires little in the way of
    equipment and resources. A
    veterinarian can carry it out with
    the standard equipment in his

   What’s wrong is the purpose it is
    being used for.                      Grass grows without the high inputs
                                         required for grain and in the summer
   We could be using this               the cow can harvest the crop herself
    procedure for creating a cow that      without the use of diesel engines.
    can produce milk on a lower
    grade diet, such as grass.
What about reproductive services for

    With a world that already
     has four times more
     humans than it can
     support, why in heaven’s
     name would a society
     encourage in vitro

    The answer
    may be that:
    Men and women are genetically programmed to
    do everything in their power to spread their genes.
Are we consumers or are we

    Here’s a typical neighbourhood in the city of
     Gatineau, the neighbour of Ottawa, Canada’s capital

    One house out of two has its own swimming pool
     that is used an average of perhaps ten times in the
     year (the summer season in Gatineau is short!)
Are we consumers or are we
   What’s odd about this picture? – Notice the blue spots in
    the back yards? They are swimming pools.
Why not share?

    Instead of everybody having their own small
     swimming pool that needs maintenance, why not
     have one large neighbourhood pool that
     everybody can share?

    Are we consumers or are we consumers?

   The new wave is for people who
    die prematurely of an incurable
    disease to have their bodies
    frozen with the purpose of
    reviving them in the future when a
    cure is found for the disease that
    did them in.

   Aside from the practical and
    ethical questions this raises,
    we must consider the question
    of energy. A cryogenic
    container loses about 1% of its
    liquid nitrogen per day.
    Therefore it takes a constant
    input of energy to keep a
    corpse in a frozen state.
   A rich person could put money
    into a trust to maintain his body
    frozen in perpetuity after his
    death. The trust would use the
    interest revenue for buying the
    energy needed to produce the
    necessary liquid nitrogen.

   Il other words, a stiff could
    legally steal energy from future
    generations forever.
Kill your baby's life support
systems for a little convenience?
For hundreds of thousands of years babies have been
defecating and mothers have found a variety of ways of
dealing with the “curdled milk”, from licking it up to
sequestering it with natural absorbents.

Suddenly, a mere 40 years ago,
somebody got the bright idea
that making disposable diapers
made from paper and selling
them would be a way to become
very rich.
Kill your baby's life support
 The idea caught on like wildfire. Mothers and fathers alike started
 buying these very convenient devices. Within a few years the
 large makers of the old-fashioned reusable diapers discontinued
 making them.

 It was much more lucrative to cut down trees, debark the trunks,
 mash up the wood fibres and separate them with strong
 chemicals, dump the resulting wastes into the waterways and into
 the atmosphere, roll the paste into paper, line the paper with
 petroleum-derived plastic, attach little pieces of Velcro and elastic,
 package the finished product in yet another plastic wrapper and
 transport the product to distributors and then to stores so they
 get bought by the parents who get there in their SUVs.
Kill your baby's life support

   So from the moment of his birth the modern baby
   unwittingly joins the ranks of the world’s worst
Kill your baby's life support
 The fact that parents are destroying the very foundation of all life on
 Earth for a little convenience seems to go right over their heads and
        furthermore, seems to be the acceptable social norm.
Just as we are about to reach peak oil…

                     The space shuttle is ferrying
                     construction materials to
                     complete building the
                     international space station.
International space station under construction
The space age has been a lot of fun and
a great learning experience…

                    But without oil and natural
                    gas we won’t be able to
                    create the fuels and
                    necessary infrastructure to
                    carry on space travel.
Just as hopeless as government-backed
space travel…

                     … is private space
                      travel. Sir Richard
                      Branson’s dream will
                      will be a monumental
                      flop when energy
                      becomes rare.
Just when natural gas has
peaked in North America…

         You find with your gas bill
          a very strange sort of
When we’re running out of
natural gas, why is your
natural gas supplier
encouraging you to find new
uses for the resource?
And then you scratch your head when you find out
they’ve just moved their headquarters into a brand
new building!!!
Supersizing education…
We had plenty of petroleum, so why not?

   By centralizing schools we were able to provide more
    services to our children: cafeterias, gymnasiums,
    swimming pools, libraries - all amenities that didn’t even
    exist when I was a child (but then, that was prehistorical --
    almost six decades ago!)
   It was just a matter of boarding up the small, local schools
    and building mega sized ones.
   It didn’t matter that our kids needed to travel in petroleum-
    combusting, polluting busses, without seat belts,
    crammed three to a seat, for two hours a day, while their
    parents each drove their SUVs in opposite directions
    across town to work.
   It was the expedient thing to do.
How will we transport the kids
 to their mega-schools in an
     oil-challenged world?

   And on the following page, you will find
     something else monkeys don’t do…
Smartass humans have invented a weapon
capable of killing of all six+ billion of us!

Since we are a
warring species, it
is only a matter of
time before some
wiseguy decides
to launch one of
these suckers
onto a neighbour
he doesn’t like.
And then we
might all fry.

                        Nuclear explosion
Come to think of it…

    We’re not much
     smarter than our
     distant cousins
     dangling from
     branches, aren’t we?

     Albert Einstein signed a letter to President Franklin Roosevelt urging that the
                          bomb be built and later admitted it had been a mistake..
One of the stupidest inventions

    Mr. Crapper’s
     flush toilet
                     A modern version of Crapper’s toilet
A stupid invention

   Monkeys don’t flush their crap into rivers –
    at least, not intentionally
An absurd invention that took on
like wildfire
                      Since the implementation
                       of Crapper’s idea trillions
                       of pounds of precious
                       organic material from our
                       daily bowel movements
                       has been flushed into our
                       waterways, silting up our
                       rivers and polluting the

                      …and furthermore,
                       depriving our cropland of
                       rich compost.
A stupid invention universally

    In other words, we take organic material off our fields,
     rendering the soil less productive, and we put this
     material down the drain in the form of feces, polluting
     the very water people downstream have to use as
     their drinking water supply and we lose this resource

    Is this intelligent????
Another superlative: F-A-S-T-E-S-T…

   The current (October, 2008) land speed record (LSR) for an earth-bound motor
    vehicle is 763 mph, which was set by Andy Green behind the wheel of the Thrust
    SSC back in 1997. That car was designed by Richard Noble, among others, and he
    and his driver are teaming up again to build a new supersonic car (SSC) to shatter
    the old record on its way to a new LSR of 1,000 mph. The new car is called the
    Bloodhound Project, a curious name since "speed" doesn't readily come to mind
    when thinking about that particular breed of canine, but whatever. The new
    Bloodhound SSC will be powered by three engines: a hybrid rocket, Eurojet EJ200 jet
    engine and 800bhp V12 engine, the latter of which will pull the vehicle around at low
    speeds and act as a starter motor - the world's most powerful starter motor - for the
    jet engine. The car's design is also completely different from that of the Thrust SSC,
    which Green and Noble used to set the current LSR. That car had two outboard jet
    engines, but in order to reach speeds of Mach 1.4 on the ground, the Bloodhound
    SSC will use a narrower fuselage that's been aerodynamically optimized to safely
    travel at speeds approaching 1,000 mph. Since this is an engineering exercise, the
    Brit-based Bloodhound team will gear up to their ultimate goal by scheduling
    successive runs to reach 800 mph in 2009, 900 mph in 2010 and finally 1,000 mph in
    2011. You can read more about the car from Noble himself at the project's website,
    or check out the current design mockup in our gallery below. See the following
The Bloohound SSC

                    When is fastest fast enough?
And now, before terminating, I will
tell you about the similarity
between monkeys and humans I
mentioned at the beginning of this
Just as a
hanging from a
tree lets his
poop drop
wherever it
 Humans do likewise…

…they let
 their crap
 wherever it
Are we really smarter than monkeys?
    In conclusion:

   The intent of this spoof on human-monkey differences is
    to underline humanity’s lack of foresight and planning.

   We live day-to-day or election-to-election with no regard
    for future generations.

   I find this paradoxical, since the most precious thing in
    our lives is the happiness and welfare of our children.

   End

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