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  1. I listen to audio books on history. I have some on the history of Western Civilization, some on prehistory, etc. It puts things in perspective for me. The world is changing fast, but we humans managed to survive a couple of ice ages, as I recall. It keeps me from complaining.

  2. Hi Jean,

    I love those books which take a great slab of history – history of civilisation type ones. It really helps to have this kind of big perspective I think.

    I hope we survive the next climate catastrophe (this one being the first which people have probably caused – if not, finally, it doesn’t matter: we still need to get our act together and respond to it). The last ones caused the deaths of a large percentage of people.

    When I compare our age to previous ones what strikes me is our technology. We have the potential to do so much if we can apply it in the right way. Don’t know if you agree with this. What is it that strikes you about our age?

    Thanks for your comment.

  3. Hi Evan,

    I agree history definately helps in the broader picture. It remiinds us of what changes quickly and what in human nature is slow to change or even a constant. Doing a family tree is fun. I love art history and it is amazing how it reflects the changes going on through out mankinds history. Tells us what is important at the time reflects the changes that take time for others to accept. On looking forward its always fun to imagine what it might look like. The way the children of the 21st century look at their world. How fast the computer sciences evolve and medical technology today. My kids and I were just talking about text messaging and how language is changed in some of their younger counterparts from it. Its all so interesting and humbling.

  4. Hi Diane,

    The technological changes are particularly amazing I think. Text message speak certainly is a new kind of ‘dialect’ isn’t it.

    Thanks for your comment.

  5. Evan,
    The thing that strikes me most is the overpopulation. I’m afraid there will be great suffering down the pike. My guess is there will be water and food shortages in wide areas, which will mean more conflict and violence. I hope I’m wrong! Our solution in the past was to encourage more and more economic development, but that just puts a greater strain on the environment. We’ll have to see. As I say, I sure hope I’m wrong.

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