Understanding Megadrought: Peter Gleick – Better Crops with Less Water

August 18, 2021

3 Responses to “Understanding Megadrought: Peter Gleick – Better Crops with Less Water”

  1. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    But how big and plausible are the pushes for reforming water “rights” laws in various state legislatures?

  2. J4Zonian Says:

    Robotic agriculture, like robotic most things, makes humans more robotic. To become human, even to survive at the beginning, we need to attune to our own needs and our caregivers; to stay human, we need to recognize ever larger circles as selves and attune to them; we need to respond and become more and more aware of ourselves and other living systems. [1] That’s empathy, without which we become less human, and more psychopathic. Every step toward that is a step toward extinction, whether by climate catastrophe and the larger current crisis or the next one or the one after that. Conservatism is the belief that we’re alone in the universe and have to fight against everyone else, for a place in a hierarchy. Taken to the extreme, it’s psychopathy.

    [1] In one of what he calls “metalogues” in the classic Steps to an Ecology of Mind, Gregory Bateson talks about the croquet game from Alice in Wonderland.

    “Alice has sought out the garden since she first glimpsed it in chapter one. The garden occupies a central role not only in Alice’s quest but also in Wonderland. The garden is the seat of power for the King and Queen of Hearts, and the use of the card suit of hearts underscores the idea that the garden is the heart of Wonderland. Alice quickly discovers that the garden provides no great experience of enlightenment. The rules and practices of the garden are just as idiosyncratic and maddening as the rest of the locales she has visited. The beds of bright flowers she pined for are nothing more than ridges and furrows, and the roses are painted red rather than being naturally beautiful. The garden is not an idyllic place of calm pastoral beauty, but an artificially constructed space that becomes a source of anxiety and fear for Alice.
    …The Queen acts not only as a ruler, but as a ruthless authoritarian with a penchant for ordering her subjects’ beheadings. She utilizes living creatures as objects, playing croquet using hedgehogs, flamingos, and her playing-card subjects as equipment. ”

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