Is Man’s Ultimate Success His Ultimate Failure?

By Ooi Kee Beng

February 2022 EDITORIAL
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THROUGHOUT THE HISTORY of life, all life forms have had to adapt to environmental conditions beyond their control as best they can. Where environmental changes have been fast and catastrophic, species go into extinction.Homo sapiens seem clearly to be a different breed. Through the use of tools, through harnessing energy, organising in large groups and focusing our energies, gaining cumulative knowledge and taking leaps in epistemic constructs, we have changed the environment to suit us.But even before modern times, before...

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Ooi Kee Beng

is the Executive Director of Penang Institute. His recent books include The Eurasian Core and its Edges: Dialogues with Wang Gungwu on the History of the World (ISEAS 2016). Homepage: