I learned that one type of wood was used for below the waterline (slower-growing timber from further north) and a different type above. I’ve done enough woodwork to think I have a feeling for the task of building an ocean-going vessel, and I hope that knowledge stays alive. I’m curious about how Polynesian voyagers made their boats, and I’m guessing those methods were more sustainable over millennia. Craft doesn’t exist on its own without culture; what is it about the dominant European approaches that has lead to what feels like a runaway explosion rather than the long, slow burn of human history?
I learned about some research into this recently. It sounds like New Zealand was set ablaze by its first settlers, to clear the land, and that had a significant impact on climate
> dominant European approaches that has lead to what feels like a runaway explosion rather than the long, slow burn of human history?
This is why mentioning colonialism is not irrelevant to the article, because it seems like the Polynesian development was not quite so rooted in thousands of years of invasion support or ship-to-ship combat, which encouraged escalation.
What virtue are they "signalling?" Do you know what the Dutch East India Company was or that it resulted in several colonies?