SC 201 THE WORLD, ITS RESOURCES AND HUMANKIND: Part 2. Class presentations available.

The world’s natural resources are necessary for human life and the development of civilization. The location of these resources has always fashioned our history and dictated the economics of the time, which cast the politics that color our way of life. Understanding this helps explain what happened in the past and our world today.


This is Part 2 of the series of eight lectures over two semesters (Part 1 was in Fall 2016). We will address: the physical location of natural resources, the historic events caused by their exploitation, the related economic problems, the ensuing politics, and the waste management issues created.



Lectures 5-8 in Part 2 will address:


5.  Stones (constructions and the creation of our civilization and arts)

Class Presentation



6.  Oil, gas, solar, and wind energy (natural reusable energy sources and their use and misuse)

Class Presentation:   uci-olli-wrh-lecture-6-minerals-02-21-17


7.  Radioactive sources (the new age, the future, and the problem of human wise control)

Class Presentation:  uci-olli-wrh-lecture-7-energy-1-02-28-17

8.  Transportation (for all resources discussed)

Class Presentation: uci-olli-wrh-lecture-8-energy-2-03-07-17

Lectures 1-4 of Part 1 in the Fall of 2016 addressed water, food, lumber, and iron and precious metals. Power Point presentations for these lectures are available through the OLLI blog at


Presenter:   Edgar M. Moran, M.D., is 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. There are also medical issues related to the use or abuse of our resources.  Dr. Moran taught the very popular recent OLLI course on Practical Health – Our Body Systems in Health and Disease.




Gary Oberts, OLLI STEM Committee Member




Tuesdays, February 14, 21, and 28, and March 7.


10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon


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