Project 9: Agriculture, a catastrophe from which we have never recovered!


Speech 9 from the Competent Communication Manual manual – Persuade With Power.
The ability to persuade – to get other people to understand, accept, and act upon your ideas – is a valuable skill.
Your listeners will be more likely to be persuaded if they perceive you as credible, if you use logic and emotion in your appeal, if you carefully structure your speech and if you appeal to their interests.
Avoid using notes because they may cause listeners to doubt your sincerity, knowledge, and conviction.

Persuade listeners to adopt your viewpoint or ideas or to take some action.

Appealing to the audience’s interests.

Use logic and emotion to support your position.

Avoid using notes.
Speech timings:  5:00, 6:00, 7:00


There is a point of view put forward anthropological circles that the advent of farming was the worst mistake in the history of mankind. A leading proponent is American geographer/polymath and popular science writer Jared Diamond.

This is a direct challenge to the world view of many of us, not least myself as a post-graduate agriculturalist. With this speech I will attempt to ‘persuade with power’ that arguments put forward are indeed convincing.




The decline in nutrition is also match by economic specialisation into increasingly repetitive sedentary menial drudgery roles. The ascent and descent of man. Sedentaryness is only now being understood for its contribution to loss of quality of life due to non communicable diseases.


Fifty percent of global food is hand planted. eighty percent of those hands are women’s. A nomadic woman would only ever survive one child under 5 at a time. A settled down woman can have more resulting in women being stuck at base doing the burden of menial repetitive drudgery whilst men hunt further afield. Hence the strong decline in their skeletal health of women –frequent pregnancy, child rearing and burdensome chores.


Agriculture introduced us to fixed inheritable property rights. Women became contractually owned to supply and heir and a spare with fidelity. When communal labour gave way to economic exchange, persuasion and coercion and the emergence of elites who have never had it so good and have too much invested to never go back.


Institutions are inventions…so trash them when unfit for purpose.




Yes be prepared to micro manage your diet and fitness.

Yes expect to find that economically rational behaviour and social norms leave your motivation flagging

No its not going to change for you– its a technological treadmill and elites are heavily invested in that status quo

With thought we can lead smart WIERD lives

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