Jared Diamond is a college professor and author of the book "Collapse:...." During a college lecture, a student asked him what he thought was going through the mind of the Easter Island native who cut down the last palm tree. (Deforestation allegedly made the continued habitation of Easter Island impossible.) Diamond now thinks it was one of three thoughts:
1. More data are needed before I can be sure that cutting this tree will cause a problem;
2. Big-chief government needs to get off my back and let me use my property as I see fit;
3. Technology will soon produce a substitute for the palm tree.