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e-Book The Myth of Progress: Toward a Sustainable Future download

by Tom Wessels

ISBN: 1584654953
ISBN13: 978-1584654957
Language: English
Publisher: Vermont; First Edition edition (September 29, 2006)
Pages: 180
Category: Politics and Government
Subategory: Sociology

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In this compelling and cogently argued book, Tom Wessels demonstrates how our current path toward progress, based on. .It is a myth, he contends, that progress depends on a growing economy.

In this compelling and cogently argued book, Tom Wessels demonstrates how our current path toward progress, based on continual economic expansion and inefficient use of resources, runs absolutely contrary to three foundational scientific laws that govern all complex natural systems.

The Myth of Progress book. Wessels explains his In this compelling and cogently argued book, Tom Wessels demonstrates how our current path toward progress, based on continual economic expansion and inefficient use of resources, runs absolutely contrary to three foundational scientific laws that govern all complex natural systems.

for future generations. This thoughtful careful author from New Hampshire has created a really special book, small, readable, and packed with fact (superb footnotes).

Through his books and his work as an educator, Tom Wessels teaches people how to observe and interpret ecological landscapes

Through his books and his work as an educator, Tom Wessels teaches people how to observe and interpret ecological landscapes. His latest book, The Myth of Progress, reflects something of a new direction from that of his previous books, Reading the Forested Landscape and The Granite Landscape. Its goal is to explain what he refers to as the three laws of sustainability: the law of limits to growth, the second law of thermodynamics, and the law of self-organization in complex systems

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Coauthors & Alternates.

The Myth of Progress: Toward a Sustainable Future: ISBN 9781611684162 (978-1-61168-416-2) Hardcover, University Press of New England, 2013. Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New England. by Tom Wessels, Brian D. Cohen, Ann H. Zwinger. Coauthors & Alternates.

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In his 2006 book The Myth of Progress, Wessels asserts that the aspiration to sustain indefinite exponential economic growth is an.The Myth of Progress: Toward a Sustainable Future (University of Vermont Press, 2006).

In his 2006 book The Myth of Progress, Wessels asserts that the aspiration to sustain indefinite exponential economic growth is an impossibility on the grounds that it violates three scientific principles: the limits to growth, the second law of thermodynamics and the law of self organization. Gardner, Blake and Tom Wessels. Wessels, Tom. "Forest Forensics: A Field Guide to Reading the Forested Landscape" (The Countryman Press, 2010).

In this compelling and cogently argued book, Tom Wessels demonstrates how our current path toward progress, based on continual economic expansion and inefficient use of resources, runs absolutely contrary to three foundational scientific laws that govern all complex natural systems. It is a myth, he contends, that progress depends on a growing economy.Wessels explains his theory with his three Laws of Sustainability: (1) the law of limits to growth, (2) the second law of thermodynamics, which exposes the dangers of increased energy consumption, and (3) the law of self-organization, which results in the marvelous diversity of such highly evolved systems as the human body and complex ecosystems. These laws, scientifically proven to sustain life in its myriad forms, have been cast aside since the eighteenth century, first by western economists, political pragmatists, and governments attracted by the idea of unlimited growth, and more recently by a global economy dominated by large corporations, in which consolidation and oversimplification create large-scale inefficiencies in material and energy usage.Wessels makes scientific theory readily accessible by offering examples of how the Laws of Sustainability function in the complex systems we can observe in the natural world around us. He shows how systems such as forests can be templates for developing sustainable economic practices that will allow true progress. Demonstrating that all environmental problems have their source in the Myth of Progress's disregard for the Laws of Sustainability, he concludes with an impassioned argument for cultural change.
Comments:
Jeb
Wow. This book is powerful. I don't have a scientific education and lacked a framework to understand real economies until reading Wessels. If you've also been bothered by the way classical economists pretend arbitrary systems are natural, come hear about how the science of complex systems applies to the complex systems of the economy. Tom Wessels is very articulate and clearly has a deep understanding of each topic on which he writes. No book has granted me a better understanding of the recent past and present, nor made me more hopeful for our future, than this one.

Dodo
I wish more people would read this book. The writing is good, with helpful references at the end of each chapter. As an environmental scientist, Tom Wessels has a well-founded and healthy perspective on economics, politics, and the future. He says no more and no less than he needs to. Anyone looking for a more educated view of the current state of the world should read this. Obviously, I don't claim that this book is a comprehensive analysis of and solution to our current downward spiral, but Tom Wessels is, as far as I can tell, correct in most of what he claims in this book.

Whitemaster
Tom Wessels is a very intelligent, thoughtful, forward-thinking person. He shares some great concepts in this book. It should be read by every person in America (and elsewhere!)

Scoreboard Bleeding
One of the better books I have read this year - will be on the reading class for my Introduction to Sustainability class.

Nanecele
I selected this book, with some trepidation, for use in my college humanities course on sustainability. I feared that it might be too science-based for my decidedly smart, but non-scientifically oriented students. I needn't have worried. Even the most science-challenged among them absolutely loved it. A beautifully written book that presents even the most complex ideas with clarity. Who knew that such a slim volume of elegantly radical perception would have the power to change lives?

A must-read.

Wafi
One of my favorite books, quite scientific and quite readable, blending in notes from the wild with scientific facts and realities.

cyrexoff
Professor Wessels makes a compelling case for re-examining what we should consider as progress. A well written book appropriate for undergraduate and graduate students as well as lay readers.

This outstanding book presents us, in a very humble way, a great deal of carefully chosen and neatly connected science facts that manage to effortlessly bring the reader to the evidence. Understanding and respecting earth's ecosystems is crucial to everyone, not only to ecologists.

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