Immoderate Greatness: Why Civilizations Fail. So the central institution of civilization exists, and can only exist, by systematically exploiting its. Civilization, for all its wonders and advantages, is destined to collapse due to its nature, writes Ophuls in this meticulously argued treatise. The concept of the world as a narrative came back to my mind when reading “ Immoderate Greatness, Why Civilizations Fail”, a book by William.

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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page immodeerate of 1. They travel an arc from initial success to terminal decay and ultimate collapse due to intrinsic, inescapable biophysical immodefate combined with an inexorable trend toward moral decay and practical failure. It is essentially a radical wake-up call that deserves a wide audience and great public debate. Unfortunately, it will not receive such attention because humanity, as Ophuls brutally describes, is hard-wired for self destruction and ultimately terminal decline.

Moreover, attempts at reform may even precipitate collapse while maintaining the status quo may buy time but worsens the consequences.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Although it mostly makes a lot of sense, there are a few conservative assumptions cifilizations I have to challenge. Our civilisation has expanded until the last corners of the Earth.

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In addition, it took matter and energy to build the baths in the first place and to maintain them thereafter not to mention aqueducts, roads, and other supportive infrastructure. We are doomed and there is nothing we can do about it.

Enmeshed in this legacy of the past, it cannot save itself. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. I cannot recommend this enough. The tedious repetition of financial crises provides a perfect illustration.


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It turned out to be free to civilizattions on Kindle Unlimited. To my way of thinking, it’s a good thing to know what’s coming. Stealing resources from others is not a permanent solution, because conquest, too, has serious costs: And this can be counter-productive as gains in efficiency tend to be annulled by increases in demand.

For the last ten years I have been studying how energy, the environment and economics interrelate. Excellent summary of the dynamics of the rise and decline of civilizations.

They travel an arc from initial success to terminal decay and ultimate collapse due to intrinsic, inescapable biophysical limits combined Write a customer review. Then set up a personal list of libraries from your profile page by clicking on greatnesa user name at the top right of any screen. This book is concise and aimed at a wide audience. Because our own civilization is global, its collapse will also be global, as well as uniquely devastating owing to the immensity of its population, complexity, and consumption.

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I was surprised how brief this book was, but Ophuls really covers the ground needed to lead to inescapable and powerful conclusions. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Despite that, his larger arguments are rather hard to disagree with, I just couldn’t help but wish that he was a little more constructive with his criticism.

I detected very little faith in humans, and almost a disgust for modern living. It will change immoeerate way you look at the world. Mar 18, T. Civilizations are hard-wired for self-destruction. Thus the entropy of the system has grfatness. If humankind could move to understanding then we could finally stop repeating this destructive pattern.


Nevertheless, he is right in pointing out that the increase in wealth eventually spoils the population who get used to ‘bread and circuses’. It needs metal for coins, swords, and ploughshares, so it must dig mines. A homely metaphor will illustrate the point. Set up My libraries How do I set up “My libraries”? Very succinct, and more convincing when talking about the environment, resources and how civilisations overuse them.

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Stay updated via RSS. Login to add to list. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Since we are so far up a very steep exponential slope on virtually everything, I think the decline will be mostly straight down.

That does not mean that planning is useless. Wednesday, February 13, Immoderate Greatness: How likely is it that there will be no dropped balls? Skip to content Skip to search. Few take thought for the morrow or consider that they are borrowing from posterity. Again, the upshot is stagnation. But those of us who have struggled to understand certain things and think we have mostly understood them But that is misleading as it is much deeper than a right wing rant.

It is a machine for converting ten calories of fossil-fuel energy into one calorie of food. Anyway, I will read the book. Everyone should read it. Politics is increasingly corrupt, life increasingly unjust.

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