SC 215: THE WORLD, ITS RESOUCES, AND HUMANKIND – Part 1. Class presentations available.

The world’s natural resources are necessary for human life and the development of civilization. The location of these resources has fashioned our history and dictated the economics of the time, coloring our politics and affecting our way of life. Understanding the science, economic and social history of our resources helps to shape today’s resource policies and investment decisions.

This series of eight lectures over two semesters will address: the physical location of the natural resources; the historic events caused by their exploitation; the related economic problems; the ensuing politics; and the waste management needs that remain. All of these aspects are strongly inter-connected to present-day environmental problems and to our very existence. Part 1 of this series will address:

  1. Water (essential to life and more; its shortage and its biologic impact)
  2. Food (wheat, plants, the effect of the food chain and its impact on our health)
  3. Lumber (in construction and more; deforestation and afforestation actions)
  4. Iron and precious metals (for the have and have nots) Part 2 in the Spring of 2017 will continue with lectures on stones, energy, radioactive sources and transportation.

Presenter: Edgar M. Moran, MD, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, UCI Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology-Oncology. Dr. Moran has researched the development of humankind as a function of the natural resources it needs. Dr. Moran recently taught the very popular OLLI course Practical Health – Our Body Systems in Health and Disease.

Class Presentations:

January 6:

The World-Its Resources – and Humankind – Bibliography

UCI – OLLI – The World Its Resources and Humankind-Lecture-1-Humankind-01-06-17– Class Presentation (Updated)

January 13:


January 20:


January 27:




Developer: Gary Oberts


Fridays, January 6, 13, 20 and 27

1:00 – 3:00 PM


The Irvine Station-Onken

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