Message Font: Serif | Sans-Serif
 
UnThreaded | Threaded | Whole Thread (8) | Ignore Thread Prev | Next
Author: putnid Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 57928  
Subject: Re: About those tipping points... Date: 3/14/2013 9:43 PM
Post New | Post Reply | Reply Later | Create Poll Report this Post | Recommend it!
Recommendations: 3
Are there really no tipping points, or is it a semantic debate about how fast a change needs to be for us to consider it a tipping point? - Elan

Interesting question. The sort that carries me in many directions.

I generally agree with the conclusions of the Adelaide group that we probably won't witness any global-scale ecological "tipping points."

What we might experience are sociological/economic "tipping points" that might be local in origin but consequential well beyond mere territorial boundaries. It don't take all that much to send societies/economies into chaos. An extended drought. Crop failure. Water wells running dry. It doesn't take much to set populations in motion, fleeing from disaster. We've seen it happen many times. The consequences vary. Should the disruption in providing for basic human needs be large enough in a population large enough, the economic and political consequences could be significant enough to warrant the moniker "tipping point."
Post New | Post Reply | Reply Later | Create Poll Report this Post | Recommend it!
Print the post  
UnThreaded | Threaded | Whole Thread (8) | Ignore Thread Prev | Next

Announcements

Pencils of Promise - Back to School Drive
"Pencils of Promise works with communities across the globe to build schools and create programs that provide education opportunities for children."
Post of the Day:
Deranged Monkey Criticism

Amazon: What Bezos Believes
What was Your Dumbest Investment?
Share it with us -- and learn from others' stories of flubs.
When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Community Home
Speak Your Mind, Start Your Blog, Rate Your Stocks

Community Team Fools - who are those TMF's?
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and "#1 Media Company to Work For" (BusinessInsider 2011)! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.
Advertisement