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Originally posted by Titen-Sxull
reply to post by jjf3rd77
The ancients knew better.
I've been looking for a name for that fallacy for a while now because I see it rampant all over ATS. The ancients knew better my left snip. Yeah, that's why they practiced blood-letting, believed in magic, thought diseases were caused by demons, rejected heliocentrism and burned people as witches. I could go on and on and on for pages listing all the stupid things human beings have believed and practiced in the distant past (not that we don't have our share of stupidity today, of course we do).
By the way, the ANCIENTS didn't know what a giant pollution spilling factory looked like. Greenhouse effect is pretty straight-forward of course but since the ancients weren't pumping out fossil fuels like there was no tomorrow I doubt they would have caught on. For them, OF COURSE, the sun was a big driver of climate, no scientists are DENYING the sun drives climate - BUT, it'd take a moron to pretend that the sun was the ONLY important factor.
I am as free as nature first made man, Ere the base laws of servitude began, When wild in woods the noble savage ran.
Around 1400 the Easter Island palm became extinct due to overharvesting. Its capability to reproduce has become severely limited by the proliferation of rats, introduced by the islanders when they first arrived, which ate its seeds. In the years after the disappearance of the palm, ancient garbage piles reveal that porpoise bones declined sharply. The islanders, no longer with the palm wood needed for canoe building, could no longer make journeys out to sea. Consequently, the consumption of land birds, migratory birds, and mollusks increased. Soon land birds went extinct and migratory bird numbers were severely reduced, thus spelling an end for Easter Island's forests. Already under intense pressure by the human population for firewood and building material, the forests lost their animal pollinators and seed dispersers with the disappearance of the birds. Today, only one of the original 22 species of seabird still nests on Easter Island. With the loss of their forest, the quality of life for Islanders plummeted. Streams and drinking water supplies dried up. Crop yields declined as wind, rain, and sunlight eroded topsoils. Fires became a luxury since no wood could be found on the island, and grasses had to be used for fuel. No longer could rope by manufactured to move the stone statues and they were abandoned. The Easter Islanders began to starve, lacking their access to porpoise meat and having depleted the island of birds. As life worsened, the orderly society disappeared and chaos and disarray prevailed. Survivors formed bands and bitter fighting erupted. By the arrival of Europeans in 1722, there was almost no sign of the great civilization that once ruled the island other than the legacy of the strange statues. However, soon these too fell victim to the bands who desecrated the statues of rivals.