Blip: Humanity's 300 year self-terminating experiment with industrialism Paperback – October 10, 2019
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From the Author
The purpose of Blip is to create universal awareness of our predicament, in the hope that someone will devise a less catastrophic resolution than the one that I envision.
About the Author
His goal has been to articulate and quantify the causes, implications,and consequences associated with industrial humanity's "predicament" - our self-inflicted, self-terminating human/Earth relationship.
Clugston's first book, Scarcity - Humanity's Final Chapter?, examines industrial humanity's enormous and ever-increasing NNR utilization and its inevitable consequence, increasingly pervasive global NNR scarcity.
His latest book, Blip - Humanity's 300 year self-terminating experiment with industrialism, explores increasingly pervasive global NNR scarcity and its inevitable consequence, the imminent and permanent collapse of human industrialism and industrial humanity.
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The book is an easy read for anyone who has graduated from high school. However, the book's monumental research has caused it to be filled with facts. Therefore, the reader should read it very carefully. That will permit the reader to understand everything in the book, including every chart and graph. The charts, graphs and every statement made by the author are easy to understand. Most importantly, after reading the book the reader should contact every elected governmental official and get him/her to read the book so that steps can be taken to save civilization from collapse.
To summarize--- if you are concerned about your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren you must read the book and take the time to understand everything written by the author. This is the most important book you'll ever read, even if you lived until the age of 120. This review was written by Tracy and Jason G Brent firstname.lastname@example.org
This will be a short review for an important book. I know of no other that covers our resource situation with the depth and clarity that this one does. Written long before the appearance of Covid-19, it does an excellent job of dispelling the myth that the worldwide lock down was the cause of the inevitable collapse we find ourselves in the midst of. It's also the antidote to the prevailing hopium concerning our chances of maintaining our consuming lifestyles after a "brief recession followed by a V-shaped recovery." It's over, and the sooner we realize it, the sooner we can look to the safety and survival of our loved ones and others we care about.
"Blip" focuses on Non Renewable Resources (NNR) which are out of sight and out of mind for most of us. A fact which makes it almost impossible to connect the dots regarding their importance. The research presented in the book puts it all together, connects the dots, and "unearths" the role of diminishing NNRs and the great recession. Everyday we see the slow intractable creeping in of dystopia. People look unhappy, wear dark colorless clothing, human health is visibly deteriorating en mass, etc. From here on the situation will get more and more difficult as we exhaust economically viable NNR sources and as our biosphere collapses due to similar human actions.
Parallel to the exhaustion of NNRs we are also running out of Renewable Natural Resources (RNRs). Statistical data, and anecdotal references, imply that our oceans, globally, have fewer than 5% of sea life left as compared to 600 years ago. Data is unavailable for bird populations but anyone who spends a lot of time in the Northern Boreal forest wilderness can attest to the stark void of wildlife and it is safe to say 70% are "gone" compared to 100 years ago due to many factors like collapsing insect populations, loss of clean natural habitats and just plain destruction of RNRs for dementedly foolish products like paper napkins and disposable drink cups.
Also, we are now running out of proper food in the West and the move towards meat free "meat" is just a facade for the unaffordability of fish and quality meat. As fish and meat become increasingly scarce, industrial farming and animal feedlots will have to fill the void and this requires massive amounts of NNRs to sustain. From fuel, metal for tractors, chemicals, fertilizers and other NNRs the consumption of resources will increase to stave off global starvation. 2020 is the year when most major Pacific coast fisheries will be closed or heavily limited due to the lack of fish. Regulations and the "law" will not be able to stop the black market of sea food extraction and eventually life in the oceans will be virtually gone. Fish oils are essential for proper cognitive function and we will see human decency and morality decrease, substance abuse increase, and a significant lowering of IQs in new borns, if they are lucky enough to be even born functional human beings these days. Not to mention the "downward mobility" of our new normal socioeconomic reality as NNRs and RNRs become increasingly unattainable.
"Blip" and "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration" by Dr. Weston Price are the two most troubling books I've read, however, my personal conclusion is the same as the author's on the last page of "Blip" which, in essence, is to live life to the fullest: "It's been a great ride!" It somewhat strikes of the final musical scene in the movie "Life of Brian" and that song sums up our predicament pretty well.
What's a middle aged kid to do? Stop worrying about the superficial narratives on the news and bubble gum "hope" of an economic recovery which is never going to materialize. Perhaps the prudent steps to take are to minimize one's expenses in a humane manner and at the same time maximize one's income to eat well, fix that smile, start working out regularly, have fun once in a while, make some good human connections, buy quality supplements and see the coral reef while it is still alive.