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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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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. And it’s tension over limited resources that presages collapse. Turning Around Carter’s energy proposal was insightful but incomplete — there’s unfortunately no basis obershoot believing we can still increase people’s standard of living overall.

Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change

But man has ovsrshoot learned to rely on a technology that augments human carrying capacity in a necessarily temporary way–as temporary as the extension of life by eating oevrshoot seeds needed to grow next year’s food. Society is not rushing to embrace the ecological paradigm, because any mention of limits is still pure heresy to the dominant paradigm. They would have laughed, or given you a lobotomy.

The last best hope for mankind is ecological modesty. Today, that figure is certainly higher, with billions of people dependent on oil-powered agriculture and market systems. It feels good to help people learn. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. His seemingly convincing argument that affirms the divinity of technology is a historical account.


Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change by William R. Catton Jr.

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This was a blind leap into the unknown. Personally, I think that if “carrying capacity decrease” caused people to stop driving 10 minutes to work every day and use a more efficient form of transportation, that would be a great thing. The two were married in and produced four sons, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

William Catton: Overshoot and Bottleneck

I’m still on the fence, but looking into the other yard now. Buy the selected items together This item: A bit later, we developed a tragic addiction to fossil fuels, which led to the Industrial Revolution. It is not just the recognized detritovores that crash. Environmental change leads to succession; it can threaten human life. We must rely on renewable resources consumed no faster than at sustained yield rates.

The book was written inI wonder if the idea of an electric tractor seemed too far out back then. It also implies a hand-wavy claim that until each advance, human population was living at the environment’s carrying capacity. How much will our efforts to avoid the unavoidable make it worse?

We sense overpopulation locally as increased competition. As it has been necessary to say repeatedly already, overlooking that predicament could not protect us from it. The two examples given in the chapter are fishing and fossil fuels. Sequel to Overshoot” by Phil Ardery, Jr art http: This implies that there will be competition for any limited resources food, water, oil are given as examples.

That is how Catton strikes me. Even though this was written in the ’70s and only published inthis book remains a critically important work: Carter’s energy proposal was insightful but incomplete — there’s unfortunately no basis for believing we can still increase people’s standard of living overall.


March Learn how and when to remove this template message. Views Read Edit View history. Excellent book that was written ahead of its time or perhaps when society had a more open mind. But, as if we were driving a car that has become stuck on a muddy road, we feel an urge to bear down harder than ever on the accelerator and to spin overwhoot wheels vigorously in an effort to power ourselves out of the quagmire.

William Catton’s warning – Resilience

One of the most interesting parts of the book for me was when Catton described what it was like to live through the first oil shock Showing of 49 reviews. Faith versus Fact Fundamentalism is interpreted as a result of antagonism due to population pressure.

The cost of overshoot is die-off, an unpleasant return to carrying capacity. I read this book initially in about orand it really affected my thinking. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want oversgoot read. It is clearly written, compelling, and well-researched. Oil, Power, and War: But every additional person needs additional resources to sustain that additional person. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Copyright by the Oversholt of Trustees of the University of Illinois.