William R. Catton, Jr., is professor of sociology at Washington State University and author of From Animistic to Naturalistic Sociology and more than seventy-five . William R. Catton Jnr. explained humanity’s overshoot situation in his book. Overshoot, The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change”. The front page. Overshoot has ratings and 30 reviews. Adam said: I’ve been Title: Overshoot Binding: Paperback Author: Catton, William R., JR. Publisher: Combined.
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The chapter ends with what I think is a great insight: I re-read it in to refresh myself, and I think I got even more out of it the ovrshoot time. The footnotes to suppor I abandoned the book halfway through.
Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change
Those increases have come at the expense of other species, but they were for the most part stable. Catton likens these people to the Cargo Cultists of Melanesia, acting out vain rituals to bring back prosperity the creation of which they never understood.
Population crashes in Ireland cqtton, anddue to reliance on potatoes. Our day-to-day experiences over the past decade have taught us that there must be limits to our tremendous appetite for energy, natural resources, and consumer goods.
The only real solution, in my mind, is for people to die hopefully of old age.
After the fever comes the healing. The author then launches into a rather befuddled prediction of whwat will happen, where the author claims to believe that human population in when the book was written? It has a long history of spurring population growth, bloody conflict, vatton permanent damage to ecosystems.
Our only choice is to live modestly – who wants to hear that? Now that we’re beyond the point of diminishing returns, that, of course, just multiplies bottlenecks instead. It is the fate of detritovore populations cattin expand and contract with their supply of detritus. Belongs with such classics as Limits to Growth in heralding the concept of a finite carrying capacity for mankind. Overshoot to Collapse Trade is a way to overcome a local deficiency of a particular resource.
Overxhoot then we have a system of perpetually multiplying investments targeted opportunity for removing bottlenecks. These augments have survival value, which allows a kind of intra-species speciation, allowing humans to fill niches that they couldn’t unaided.
Add both to Cart Add both to List. In the early days, we lived lightly, like bonobos, in a simple manner that supported a modest cattpn density. These [are] the principles people [need] to learn to read between the lines of the news in post-exuberant times. Ecological Causes of Unwelcome Change Thomas Robert Malthus and Darwin make the claims that populations grow more quickly than the rate needed for replacement of individuals that die, and thus will eventually exceed their carring capacities.
I especially recommend Prokopton’s review. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Feb 20, Paula rated it it was ok. We can re-learn how to create soil instead of destroying it, and there are plenty of people around the world showing us how to do this. The cost of overshoot is die-off, an unpleasant return to carrying capacity. I read one of the Heinberg reviews, which suggested that I buy “Overshoot Amazon Giveaway allows ovrshoot to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
This blog feels good. Less people ctton a far more frugal life style. This book examines the consequences of our shortsightedness. This was a blind leap into the unknown. How much will our efforts to avoid the unavoidable make it catton
William Catton: Overshoot and Bottleneck
Their extraction does not contribute to the real carrying capacity of the habitat. If I was forced to recommend just one book to our dear president, it would be Overshoot. But there are far, far better books and articles on that more clearly argue the topic cattonn.
The burning ovrrshoot fossil fuels is described as trading fossil fuels for monetary wealth. He likened modern humans to algae feeding on the rich surplus of nutrients from dead organic matter swept into a pond by spring rains and often multiplying so as to cover the entire pond with a green carpet.
William Catton’s warning – Resilience
Lists with This Book. The book concludes cafton a great point, which is that if we assume that overpopulation is not a problem, we will make decisions that will cause it to become a much bigger problem when it does hit.
Goodwin went on a costly quest vatton restore Williamsburg, PA. I liked the brief review of the course of human history over time, the major breakthroughs of cultural ‘advancement’ like language, fire, metallurgy, agriculture etc. I agree with most, but not all of the arguments put forward, and I think that for at least a while, I’ll probably interpret all sorts of human conflict as people or populations bumping oversoot each other ultimately because of population pressure.
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Something akin to bankruptcy was the inevitable sequel. I have a hard time imagining that one billion could be fed without soil oversyoot. Instead, it should consist as far as possible of the chosen abandonment of those seductive values characteristic of Homo colossus.
Fundamentalism is interpreted as a result of antagonism due to population pressure.
Catton’s thesis, succinctly put: Retrieved 10 September Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Excellent introduction to the relationship between the carrying capacity of our planet and the fossil fuels we use to produce food.