The Ultimate Resource 2

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Princeton University Press, 1998 - Business & Economics - 734 pages
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"The most powerful challenge to be mounted against the principles of popular environmentalism in the last fifteen years."--The Washington Post Book World (on the first edition)Arguing that the ultimate resource is the human imagination coupled to the human spirit, Julian Simon has led a vigorous challenge to conventional beliefs about scarcity of energy and natural resources, pollution of the environment, the effects of immigration, and the "perils of overpopulation." The comprehensive data, careful quantitative research, and economic logic contained in the first edition of The Ultimate Resource questioned widely held professional judgments about the threat of overpopulation, and Simon's celebrated bet with Paul Ehrlich about resource prices in the 1980s enhanced the public attention--both pro and con--that greeted this controversial book.Now Princeton University Press presents a revised and expanded edition of The Ultimate Resource. The new volume is thoroughly updated and provides a concise theory for the observed trends: Population growth and increased income put pressure on supplies of resources. This increases prices, which provides opportunity and incentive for innovation. Eventually the innovative responses are so successful that prices end up below what they were before the shortages occurred. The book also tackles timely issues such as the supposed rate of species extinction, the "vanishing farmland crisis, " and the wastefulness of coercive recycling.In Simon's view, the key factor in natural and world economic growth is our capacity for the creation of new ideas and contributions to knowledge. The more people alive who can be trained to help solve the problems that confrontus, the faster we can remove obstacles, and the greater the economic inheritance we shall bequeath to our descendants. In conjunction with the size of the educated population, the key constraint on human progress is the nature of the economic-political system: talented people need economic freedom and security to bring their talents to fruition.
  

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User Review  - Jim Carson - Goodreads

Simon's optimism hinged on his willful ignorance of what the word FINITE actually means. See his sections on oil and copper, where he declared they aren't finite in a "practical" sense because they ... Read full review

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User Review  - Andrew Wilson - Goodreads

As I read this book, I thought, "Has any other human being read every chapter, endnote, and afterword?" I suppose there must be someone. If you are that person, please tell me. Regardless of whether ... Read full review

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Contents

Analytical Contents
3
Numbers Writers and Believability
9
Lipset
14
A Historical Afternote
17
TOWARD OUR BEAUTIFUL RESOURCE FUTURE
21
The Amazing Theory of RawMaterial Scarcity
23
Why Are MaterialTechnical Resource Forecasts So Often
41
Tables
43
Standing Room Only? The Demographic Facts
311
What Will Future Population Growth Be?
326
Do Humans Breed Like Flies? Or Like Norwegian Rats?
342
Population Growth and the Stock of Capital
357
Populations Effects on Technology and Productivity
367
Economies of Scope and Education
391
Population Growth Natural Resources and Future Generations
399
Natural Resources and the Risk of Running Out
405

Can the Supply of Natural ResourcesEspecially Energy
54
The Grand Theory
73
Famine 1995? or 2025? or 1975?
84
What Are the Limits on Food Production?
97
Shortage Crises
109
Are We Losing Ground?
127
Urban Sprawl and Soil Erosion
139
Water Wood Wetlandsand What Next?
151
When Will We Run Out of Oil? Never
162
Todays Energy Issues
182
Tomorrows Greatest Energy Opportunity
203
A Dying Planet? How the Media Have Scared the Public
212
Cambridge Reports International
219
The Peculiar Theory of Pollution
223
Whither the History of Pollution?
233
161a Mortality from Tuberculosis Standardized Death Rates 18611964
237
Specific Trends and Issues
241
Bad Environmental and Resource Scares
258
Will Our Consumer Wastes Bury Us?
275
Should We Conserve Resources for Others Sakes? What Kinds of Resources Need Conservation?
283
Conservation of Animals or People?
292
Coercive Recycling Forced Conservation and FreeMarket Alternatives
297
Why Do People Worry So Much about Wastes?
298
Conservation and the Government System
304
POPULATION GROWTHS EFFECT UPON OUR RESOURCES AND LIVING STANDARD
309
Population Growth and Land
412
Are People an Environmental Pollution?
429
Are Humans Causing Species Holocaust?
439
A Greater Population Does Not Damage Health or Psychological and Social WeilBeing
459
Population Growth and Intelligence
466
Population Growth and Living Standards in MDCs
471
The Evidence versus the Malthusian Theory
475
At the Cost of the Poorer Countries?
483
How Immigrants Affect Our Standard of Living
490
LDCs
491
34la Population Density and Growth Selected Countries 19501983
496
BEYOND THE DATA
511
How the Comparisons People Make Affect Their Beliefs about Whether Things Are Getting Better or Worse
513
Does the End Justify
519
Forces Amplifying the Rhetoric
527
Planned Parenthoods Rhetoric
533
The Reasoning behind the Rhetoric
537
UltimatelyWhat Are Your Values?
547
The Key Values
557
Conclusion The Ultimate Resource
578
Epilogue My Critics and I
593
Notes
617
References
653
Index
691
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About the author (1998)

Julian L. Simon (1932-1998) was professor of business administration at the University of Maryland and distinguished senior fellow of the Cato Institute. He is credited as being one of the founders of free-market environmentalism. His books include Hoodwinking the Nation, The Philosophy and Practice of Resampling Statistics, and The Ultimate Resource.

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