Saturday, July 23, 2005

Jared Diamond's complete the Easter Islander quote contest

I've seen many references in the blogosphere to a question a student of Jared Diamond asked about the man who cut down the last tree on Easter Island: what did he say as he did so?

A party-like-it's-1999 friend of mine's take:
The E.I. folks knew the writing was on the wall, and they might as well use available resources for the current generation. In this case, deferring consumption was not an option, and the "obviously disastrous decision" was not a particularly complex question at all.

"Ok, we're all-in. Now the gods will listen."


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