[AZW] ¶ The Myth of Progress: Toward a Sustainable Future | By ☆ Tom Wessels
Dec 08, 2019 - 18:12 PMBy Tom Wessels

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 hisIn 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 the law of limits to growth, the second law of thermodynamics, which exposes the dangers of increased energy consumption, and 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 recently by a global economy dominated by large corporations, in which consolidation and oversimplification create large scale inefficiencies in material and energy usage 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 the Myth of Progress s disregard for the Laws of Sustainability, he concludes with an impassioned argument for cultural change.
  • Title: The Myth of Progress: Toward a Sustainable Future
  • Author: Tom Wessels
  • ISBN: 9781584654957
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Hardcover

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Ryan Dec 08, 2019 - 18:12 PM
Ecologists are diametrically the opposite of economists in world view and values While the latter take a linear approach to understanding processes and endorse the infinite substitutability of resources, ecologists on the other hand take on a systems perspective where every component is interconnected and the whole is greater than just the sum of its parts The author makes the standard arguments of most scientifically trained minds against the impossibility and error of our growth driven civiliz [...]
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Justin Dec 08, 2019 - 18:12 PM
Myth of Progress___________________________________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 Our educational system ahs played a strong role in developing and supporting this paradigm All of my science classes in high school and college were based on a linear systems approach, even though we were often studying complex systems Not only that, the ent [...]
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Sara Dec 08, 2019 - 18:12 PM
Tom Wessels was the speaker at The Greater Lovell Land Trust this summer I picked up this book instead of the one associated directly with his talk This is a short and very compelling work that directly tackles the implications of continuing economic growth through the application of scientific principles such as the 2nd law of thermodynamics Wessels strength is his ability to make complex scientific principles understandable to a very non science oriented person me and then demonstrate through [...]
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Dave Dec 08, 2019 - 18:12 PM
This isn t exactly the most thorough analysis of what s wrong and how to fix it but it is a pretty good little book for introducing these ideas to someone who wouldn t read a four or five hundred pager He doesn t really explain why growth is a necessity with the current global economy or what would need to be changed to allow things to function while shrinking He basically just recommends reading Herman Daly and David Korten, and in my opinion neither of them really takes things far enough Again [...]
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Mark Spyker Dec 08, 2019 - 18:12 PM
Well worth a read, Tom Wessels basically set out to show that the Neo classical model of our Capitalist Free Market Economy which assumes unlimited exponential growth is unsustainable He does this by pointing out that scientifically speaking our rejection of the three Laws of Sustainability the law of limits to growth, the second law of thermodynamics, which exposes the dangers of increased energy consumption, and the law of self organization, which results in the marvelous diversity of such hig [...]
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Carol Dec 08, 2019 - 18:12 PM
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 various clues which Wessels teaches the reader to recognize This book is quite different, being a treatise on why, based on well known scientific principles of ecology and thermodynamics, our planet cannot support the unending growth upon which our current economy depends.
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Fernleaf Dec 08, 2019 - 18:12 PM
Although short it was concise and precise, with very good arguments The book is a critique of our modern paradigm of success , primarily focused on economic concepts, and written by a career ecologist Seen from his perspective our obsession with economics and our strange notions of progress seem very backward indeed It was a great read and I would highly recommend it to those not yet convinced that we need a major paradigm shift to have any hope of surviving as a species.
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tanya Dec 08, 2019 - 18:12 PM
This is the kind of book I would have read at Whitman if I had taken advantage of the environmental studies they offered I love Tom Wessels Very straight forward and articulate text about why we need to start paying attention to the environment Did I mention I really love Tom Wessels I think it s mostly the beard.
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Lisa Dec 08, 2019 - 18:12 PM
Wessel s draws interesting connections between ecological principles and scientific laws with economic progress and growth At times the book moved slowly with examples than necessary, and at other times I wanted information Overall, a great and thought provoking introduction with many references included for further reading.
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Alissa Dec 08, 2019 - 18:12 PM
Wessels is one of my guru s This man can walk out in the woods and fully grasp the past relationships man has had in that place It is truly is a gift he possess and an honor to be with him when he makes his interpretations Not to mention he is just a good guy And, he can out walk any body If you are looking for a little book that is well written this is it
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J. D. Dec 08, 2019 - 18:12 PM
Ecology is something many of us have yet to master Good discussion of the shortcomings of classical economic theory, especially as it is misapplied to the oligopolistic modern corporate state We ll learn a few important lessons in the coming years, or we ll perish
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Sarah Dec 08, 2019 - 18:12 PM
This book applies biological systems to political and economic systems and attempts to describe why our current definition of progress is wrong Essentially, higher quality of life and goods should be the measure of progress, and not higher quantities consumerism.
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Jocelyn Smith Dec 08, 2019 - 18:12 PM
So far this book is incredible It tackles a complex issue in a way that both grasps its complexity and makes it accessible to the reader at the same time I also appreciated that it was not all gloom and doom It carries a message of precuation, but also makes room for hope.
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Crotched Mountain Dec 08, 2019 - 18:12 PM
Well written and easy to read, opens one s eyes to how interconnected we all are to the environment and how our current political and economic situations based on continual progress and growth are not a sustainable path for humanity nor the Earth.Donna C School
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Larry Sunderland Dec 08, 2019 - 18:12 PM
The myth of unlimited growth destroyed by an ecologist.
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Dana Dec 08, 2019 - 18:12 PM
A quick but insightful read for anyone interested in learning about the connections between modern science and economics and environmental destruction.
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Jen Dec 08, 2019 - 18:12 PM
Such a great read written by one of my professors.
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Harvey Dec 08, 2019 - 18:12 PM
Tom Wessels is gifted as a teacher This book he manages to relate economic and ecological principles using examples from his everyday life, making the concepts easily understood.
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Disparlure Nagle Dec 08, 2019 - 18:12 PM
I had read sections of this book before, cited by other authors It makes a good case against current definitions of progress and suggests better measures which could be used in their place.
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Bob Dec 08, 2019 - 18:12 PM
This is a good book for people who want to learn about how we are destroying the planet Maybe if enough people read it and other books like it humanity will start getting it.
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Sarah Dec 08, 2019 - 18:12 PM
Absolutely loved it Could of read like a textbook, instead was incredibly personal and easy to connect to.
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The Myth of Progress: Toward a Sustainable Future By Tom Wessels 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 hisIn 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 the law of limits to growth, the second law of thermodynamics, which exposes the dangers of increased energy consumption, and 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 recently by a global economy dominated by large corporations, in which consolidation and oversimplification create large scale inefficiencies in material and energy usage 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 the Myth of Progress s disregard for the Laws of Sustainability, he concludes with an impassioned argument for cultural change.

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