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    Default The Boiling Frog (Is Us): Signs of Distress from 5000 B.C.E. to Today

    Daniel Quinn
    Jul 30, 2012

    Systems thinkers have given us a useful metaphor for a certain kind of human behavior in the phenomenon of the boiled frog.

    The phenomenon is this. If you drop a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will of course frantically try to clamber out. But if you place it gently in a pot of tepid water and turn the heat on low, it will float there quite placidly. As the water gradually heats up, the frog will sink into a tranquil stupor, exactly like one of us in a hot bath, and before long, with a smile on its face, it will unresistingly allow itself to be boiled to death.

    Oh, please keep reading; there's a lot to discover here: https://www.filmsforaction.org/news/...Ipqn2tJ-5hXF8s

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    Default Re: The Boiling Frog (Is Us): Signs of Distress from 5000 B.C.E. to Today

    A related article with a slightly different emphasis, equally highly recommended:
    Have You Heard of The Great Forgetting? It Happened 10,000 Years Ago & Completely Affects Your Life

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    Default Re: The Boiling Frog (Is Us): Signs of Distress from 5000 B.C.E. to Today

    Everything I have heard from friends who are ethnobiologists, and otherwise students of "primitive" people such as the Yanamamo confirm the thesis in the Great Forgetting. Too bad we all have forgotten. Totalitarian agriculture is a great phrase; hope I can remember it when I need to use it next.

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