re-the potato list
MLuftmensch at hubcap.mlnet.com
Thu Apr 4 12:27:55 MST 1996
re- the potato list
Darwin and Wallace came to the theory of natural selection independently
of each other by way of their reading of Malthus. The population model that
Malthus used was that of an island, based on a bit of apocrypha about the
of Dogs off the coast of South America.
Migration is not an option, for Malthus. Border controls are taken for
Humans are to stay where they are born. No moving about - & to hell with
As for the Irish, - for many who had the land slipped out from under
their feet in the 19th century, or were otherwise shortchanged,
it was a choice of sailing to america or living on potatoes.
This leads me to wonder about demographic measures of space.
Potatoes, we know, came to the old world from Peru.
This reoccurred to me when I read Lisa's
statement on marxismtoo:
"this is a carrot list", so that people who
want to talk about potatoes" may be able
to see that it is just not relevant to a
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