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Gadgets (November 22, 2010)

In by Fannie on November 26, 2010 at 7:05 pm

With all of our instruments and high-powered gadgets we were able to understand why the Hawaiians farmed where they did.  Woohoo.  They didn’t have blinking, beeping hand-helds or labs to send things off to and yet they identified the areas with the highest soil fertility and right amount of rainfall.  They were also able to grow food to feed half a million people as we fumble around today, with over 80% of our food being imported, and try to understand their system from the remnants they left behind.  Where did all the knowledge go?  Why do we understand so little?

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