August 29, 2008
Rain Forest Re-Set

It seems the "ancient, pristine, and untouched" landscape of the Amazon is anything but. It's becoming increasingly clear that native Americans altered the western hemisphere nearly as much, if not equally so, as their Eurasian counterparts altered the eastern one. White explorers failed to see it because native populations were scythed away by disease long before Europeans penetrated the interior of the far more populous central and southern parts of this half of the world.

Put that in your "man as scourge of the pristine parts of the planet" pipe and smoke it!

Posted by scott at August 29, 2008 12:24 PM

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Whatever you environmental oppressor, you!

Those were indigenous people living in harmony with the land, not western killer-disease carrying war-mongers. They raped the environment in order to get more gold and subjugate the peasants. These villages were obviously set up as social networks for the free interchange of ideas. Everyone was ordered for the best of their village and society as a whole.

Plus they were all vegetarians, too.

Posted by: ronaprhys on August 29, 2008 12:39 PM
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