The Myth of Progress: Toward a Sustainable Future
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 both 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 a disregard for the laws of sustainability that is based on the myth of progress, he concludes with an impassioned argument for cultural change.
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Myth of The Linear Paradigm and Western Culture (page 19) For the past four centuries a linear, reductionistic paradigm has not only structured Western science but also the culture's view of the world ... Read full review
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I was first introduce to Wessels through his book Reading the Forested Landscape, an excellent natural history book about how to infer past land use history and/or natural disturbances based on ...
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The Myth of Progress Toward a Sustainable Future Tom Wessels University of Vermont Press University Press of New England 2006 • 164 pp. 5 1/2 x 8” ...
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The Myth of Progress: Toward a Sustainable Future. University of. Vermont Press. Lebanon, NH. RESERVE READINGS. Allen, Timothy and Thomas. Hoekstra. 1992. ...
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