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Jay Hanson Dies in Diving Accident

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Last week Nate Hagens informed me of some sad news and offered a brief reflection:

Friends, I was informed by Jay Hanson’s wife today that he died unexpectedly on a diving trip in Indonesia.

Many of us were greatly influenced by Jay’s thinking and writing over the years and the many listservs and websites he curated, starting with ‘brainfood’ in the 1990s.  Jay had a world class mind and was the first person I came across to integrate the ‘big picture’ – environment and economic issues but particularly human behavior and ‘net energy’.  I stayed with him and Phyllis many times and in person he was just a normal (but smart) guy that liked to swim in the ocean, design electronics and play with his dogs.  He made a lasting impression on me -and many others – with his ideas, his systems ability, his kindness and always saying exactly what he felt.  Jay was uniquely immune to the “consensus trance” and didn’t let any sort of status or social pressure influence his analysis or writings, which was a rare thing then and even rarer now.  While I ultimately disagreed with his certainty on how everything will play out, Jay has been more right about how things are playing out than most.  In any case, the world lost a one of a kind human being this week.  R.I.P Jay”

My introduction to Jay Hanson came from reading Richard Heinberg’s book The Party’s Over, so I reached out to get Richard’s reaction and here’s his response:

“I learned sadly just recently that Jay Hanson, my earliest source of information about Peak Oil, died last week on a diving trip in Indonesia. He had made enough money from software and electronics to retire early, and, starting in the late 1990s, be began a series of highly influential email lists. Brain Food was the first; I don’t recall how I found out about it, but it was through Jay’s posts on it that I learned about Campbell’s and Laherrere’s groundbreaking Scientific American article (“The End of Cheap Oil”) and Bill Catton’s 1982 book Overshoot. My own book The Party’s Over relied heavily on material from Brain Food.

Jay kept the basic story of the human predicament (as he understood it) archived at—a website whose name reflected his view of humanity’s future. However, he did not write a book on the subject, and therefore didn’t develop a wide reputation outside the circles of readers who somehow found their way to his fairly obscure sites. Nevertheless, his influence spread far and wide. I owe him a debt of gratitude.”

In 2008, through Nate’s connection with Jay, I was able to interview him on my radio program, The Reality Report. For someone so prolific online, it was very interesting to hear his voice, which gives a more complete perspective on his personality and the motivation for his many years of research and communication. Clearly, Jay was someone very concerned about the future and wanted to do something about it in his own way.

I found a recording of the radio interview here:

For more on his work and influence see:

24 Comments on "Jay Hanson Dies in Diving Accident"

  1. Shortend on Tue, 9th Apr 2019 7:28 am 

    Can’t help to love a Doom and Gloomer!
    Read he wished to die before the SHTF, good for him and he was doing something he enjoyed.
    Certainly place him in the “Hall of Fame” of Collapse Prophets.
    Recently read a past interview that was posted and the name of the game here is MONEY, at least in our society. Good advice. Happiness is positive cash flow, even for Doomers!
    That’s until he oil stops to flow….
    RIP, Mr. Hansen, hope to meet my end in the same fashion…good lession, thank you.

  2. supertarddavythelibtard-aka-fmr-paultard on Tue, 9th Apr 2019 9:31 am 

    may you rest in peace supertard hanson. i got to your website first and then bought supertard’s heinberg book ‘end of oil’ in the obscure section of uni. bookstore. then i went on and did some tard research of the maximum power priciple as pplicalbe to fishes so as to maximize profits in farming. if they don’t turn much then they conserve energy and grow faster. but now we have gmo salmon which does a lot better than this but doesn’t hurt.

    our supertards are dying but we still got some and we making them all the time. supertard davy, michael lynch, alice, stallmann, rock and boat to name a few.

  3. Sissyfuss on Tue, 9th Apr 2019 10:05 am 

    FRM,you included Boat and excluded me. I shall spend the rest of the day wailing and gnashing my remaining three teeth. Tanks olot.

  4. Davy on Tue, 9th Apr 2019 10:08 am 

    Sis, that is JuanP

  5. fmr-paultard aka Davy on Tue, 9th Apr 2019 10:55 am 

    Lookie. DavyTurd’s retarded alter-ego has come to life, and what do you know he gave himself a “super retard” classification along with such notable contributors as Boatard.

  6. Robert Inget on Tue, 9th Apr 2019 10:57 am 

    OT: Great explain around ‘Black Holes’

    Worth the time;

  7. JuanP sock on Tue, 9th Apr 2019 11:45 am 

    This is a JuanP posting

    fmr-paultard aka Davy on Tue, 9th Apr 2019 10:55 am

  8. Davy on Tue, 9th Apr 2019 11:48 am 

    Sis is JuanP?

  9. Davy on Tue, 9th Apr 2019 11:51 am 

    I am JuanP

  10. Not Davy on Tue, 9th Apr 2019 11:55 am 

    This is a JuanP posting

    Davy on Tue, 9th Apr 2019 11:48 am
    Davy on Tue, 9th Apr 2019 11:51 am

  11. Davy on Tue, 9th Apr 2019 12:09 pm 

    Jay Hanson was JuanP

  12. Not Davy on Tue, 9th Apr 2019 12:10 pm 

    Not Davy is JuanP

  13. wildbourgman on Tue, 9th Apr 2019 12:24 pm 

    After listening to this old interview I tend to agree with some of Jay’s thoughts on the problems that we still have coming but I think his remedies for those problems are bad thinking. For instance capitalism by his definition is a problem but his definition is flawed. He calls for forced rationing on many things but then calls for other things to be free(nothing is free unless you favor slavery). In pure capitalism, price handles the need for rationing when it arises. The unfettered market cycle is nature, what we call capitalism today is actually closer to socialism that protects and enhances the elite ruling class and the extreme poor.

  14. Not JuanP on Tue, 9th Apr 2019 12:33 pm 

    JuanP is not JuanP

  15. Davy on Tue, 9th Apr 2019 12:43 pm 

    JuanP is so JuanP. I should know. Me n JuanP used to be best friends before I started harassing him.

  16. Not Davy on Tue, 9th Apr 2019 1:05 pm 

    This is a JuanP posting

    Davy on Tue, 9th Apr 2019 12:43 pm

  17. Alice Friedemann on Tue, 9th Apr 2019 6:12 pm 

    I never got to meet Jay, but “knew” him since 2000 in yahoo groups energyresources and later America2point0 which he ended in 2016 or so. I’ve gotten to meet hundreds of electronic friends that way, a few of whom I’ve actually met in the flesh. For some reason I feel less depressed discussing peak oil and glad to find that community out there. My friends and family sure don’t want to think about doomster topics…

  18. slowermindskeepRight-akafmr-paultard on Tue, 9th Apr 2019 6:59 pm 

    what i like about supertard hanson is he is a sort of a libtard and an elusive one at that. this is the only picture of him and i just saw today. he was able to cut through all the noise and distilled his inforamtion in dieoff for me to read. i was a tard and there was tons of information flying through and inside my brain so if i was near the trooth some new information would pull me off of it. supertard hanson kept on a straight path while avoiding the maxim that logical consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. to be certain Supertard is no little mind

    RIP sir

  19. JuanP sock on Tue, 9th Apr 2019 7:19 pm 

    This is a juanP posting


  20. Glenn Morton on Tue, 9th Apr 2019 8:47 pm 

    I am sad to hear of his death. He definitely influenced me and made me aware of this problem. I ran into his pages in the late 1990s and was absolutely amazed at what peak oil would bring. I have not changed my mind, not even with the advent of the highly unprofitable shale revolution.

  21. Davy Insanity on Tue, 9th Apr 2019 8:52 pm 

    Everybody else is not JuanP.

    Stupid dumbass

  22. Not JuanP on Tue, 9th Apr 2019 8:54 pm 

    This is another insane Davy posting

    Not Davy on Tue, 9th Apr 2019 1:05 pm
    This is a JuanP posting
    Davy on Tue, 9th Apr 2019 12:43 pm

  23. jacinda-ardern-themuzzielover-aka-fmr-paultard on Wed, 10th Apr 2019 1:21 pm 

    “The single most-important lesson for me was that we cannot re-wire (literally, because thought is physical[1]) our basic political agendas through reading or discussion alone. Moreover, since our thoughts are subject to physical law, we do not have the free-will to either think or behave autonomously.”

    This stuff is pure goal right there supertard hanson. i don’t that you ever said something to the effect that (((supremetard))) is sky daddy didn’t you? I don’t think so because it’s unnecessary.

    I will pray the holy mother to look upon you with kindness

  24. Cloggie on Wed, 10th Apr 2019 2:24 pm

    “I have just learned, regretfully, of the death of Jay Hanson. My first report was that it occurred in a diving accident. Subsequently it has been clarified that he fell ill after diving, and died that night.“

    I doubt he travelled to Indonesia by raft.
    The professional doomer, living the yuppie good life.

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