• Assumptions about the nature of human beings – people are fundamentally
different from all other creatures on earth over which we have dominion.
▯ Hoof and mouth disease (cows get this). It makes them sick but it doesn’t
necessarily kill them. But they become less economic (skinny cows). It came up that we
should slaughter 7 million cows to boost the economy. This is an example of a tenant
because we humans just see them as cows, organisms that aren’t as important as us.
• Assumptions about social causation – people are masters of their own destiny.
THESE ARE GOOD THINGS TO FALL BACK ON TO TAKL ABOUT IN YOUR BOOK
IPAT: Impact =
x Affluence x Technology (not an actual multiplication, there are just 3 major factors that
are important for impact