...made in 1978 by turning science into a detective story, James Burke creates a series that will fascinate students and adults alike. This interdisciplinary approach has never before been applied to history or science and it succeeds tremendously. Winner of the Red Ribbon in the American Film Festival, the scope of the series covers 19 countries and 150 locations, requiring over 14 months of filming.
As the Sherlock Holmes of science, Burke tracks through 12,000 years of history for the clues that lead us to eight great life changing inventions-the atom bomb, telecommunications, the computer, the production line, jet aircraft, plastics, rocketry and television. Burke postulates that such changes occur in response to factors he calls triggers, some of them seemingly unrelated. These have their own triggering effects, causing change in totally unrelated fields as well. And so the connections begin...
I've been borrowing these videos from the library and the more I watch, the more I think they can be useful to permaculture.
Looking back at history and seeing what problems arose and how people dealt with them can be very inspiring for us now. We have similar problems, but with all the technology of our modern lives, we forget that there were very simple solutions used in the past.
The episode I watched last night talked about how people in the Middle Ages dealt with the sudden and drastic climate change that happened at the beginning of the mini ice age. Even other medieval enthusiasts forget that England... you know England, it's that place with the reputation of being damp and cold but making great beer. This same island was the wine producing capital of Europe less than a thousand years ago. Within about three years it transformed from making the most amazing grapes and wine, to actually having snow in winter. This change in climate had a huge effect on technology, social values, and peoples lives in general. Perhaps by looking to the past, we can find ideas to help us prepare for the future.
Anyway, though I would put the idea out there. Anyone else remember this show?
Let's talk about the value of connections.
Love this show! It's been a while since I watched it, I think I have some of the later episodes left to see. Thanks for the reminder!
Really, what could be more permaculture than 'connections'?
'Theoretically this level of creeping Orwellian dynamics should ramp up our awareness, but what happens instead is that each alert becomes less and less effective because we're incredibly stupid.' - Jerry Holkins