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Too Smart for Our Own Good The Ecological Predicament of Humankind

ISBN-10: 052175769X

ISBN-13: 9780521757690

Edition: 2009

Authors: Craig Dilworth

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List price: $44.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/26/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 546
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.398
Language: English

List of figures and tables
Preface
Introduction
Scientific ground rules
Principles of physics, chemistry and biology
Physical and biological systems
Genetics and homeostasis
The new views in anthropology, archaeology and economics
Anthropology
Archaeology
Economics
Theoretical background to the vicious circle principle
The principle of population
Different kinds of population check
Population growth pushes technology
Ecological equilibrium, technological/economic development and economic growth
The vicious circle principle of the development of humankind
Presentation of the vicious circle principle
Explication of the vicious circle principle
Conclusion
The development of humankind
Apes and protohominids 7 million BP
The first hominids; Australopithecus 4 million BP
The first humans 2.5 million BP
The Neanderthals 230,000 BP
The Upper Palaeolithic in Europe 40,000 BP
The latter half of the Upper Palaeolithic in Europe 25,000 BP
The Palaeolithic-Mesolithic transformation 12,000 BP
VCP analysis of the hunter-gatherer era
VCP models of increasing complexity
The hunter-gatherer model
The horticultural (domestication) revolution 10,000 BP
VCP analysis of the horticultural era
The horticultural model
Mining metals 6000 BP
The agrarian (plough and irrigation) revolution 5000 BP
Colonisation and the (capitalistic) mercantile expansion 1500 AD
VCP analysis of the agrarian era
The agrarian model
The (capitalistic) industrial (fossil-fuel) revolution 1750 AD
VCP analysis of the industrial age
The industrial model
The vicious circle today
Our use of minerals
Biotic consumption
Pollution
Extinctions
Population growth and checks; morals
Migration
Power begets more power: capitalism
The Third World
Global military spending and war
Economic growth
Disease
The 1950s-1960s peak and the subsequent lowering of the quality of life of the middle class
�and too dumb to change
Perspectives and worldviews
Planning
The pursuit of economic growth
Innovation
Nuclear energy
Agriculture
Medicine
Resource depletion
Pollution
Energy conservation
Alternative sources of energy
Population growth
Conflict
The Third World
Overshoot and the ecological revolution
Conclusion
Glossary
Notes
References
Index