Nonetheless, The Science of Survival has plenty of redeeming features and opportunities for learning. I grooved on tactile examples of flooring made of recycled bamboo and countertop materials created from used flip-flops, and the subtle messages contained therein. (Guess what, kids? In the future you may not be able to throw out your flip-flops and get a new pair when they break. You might have to fix them and keep on wearing them, like kids in developing countries do right now.) And, oh yeah, some of those dire gloom-and-doom scenarios predicted for four decades from now -- housing shortages, lack of clean drinking water, food crisis -- umm, they're already in effect right now.