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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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Since we are so far up a very steep exponential slope on virtually everything, I think the decline will be mostly straight down. It is like a condensed elixir of our understanding of the problem.

The gradual accumulation of small changes can push a system over an unseen threshold and thereby precipitate rapid and radical change.

Now imagine that same juggler trying to keep his own balls in the air while simultaneously fielding and throwing balls from and to multiple others. Thus, little by little, renewable flow resources like forests and fisheries are overexploited, and nonrenewable stock resources like minerals are drawn down.

The bulk of humankind simply can’t or won’t understand history and human nature. Open to the public Book English Show 0 more libraries 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.


I agree with Ophuls. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Civilizaitons been interested in this topic for a long time so I had read many of his reference materials already. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Though, it would be more interesting with empirical thought and not the typical Post Modern jibber jabber.

Immoderate Greatness: Why Civilizations Fail

Solar rays will make hot water for a household but do not lend themselves to running immoderatr large power plant. It’s not a pretty forecast, but it’s hard to find fault with any of his analysis. Overall a typical book for the genre.

Ultimately this book is for the few who care. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. The Need Not to Know protects the psyche, I imagine, much as humans are often largely able to blot out the memories of the pain of childbirth or grdatness. Apparently there is still plenty of booze though. May 25, at 5: Accordingly, misalignments and mischaracterizations are bound to arise even as the larger arc of civilization remains intact.

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Learn more about Kindle MatchBook. At best, they manage their affairs by muddling through—a mode of operation that has many virtues and advantages but that also postpones dealing with fundamental issues until they become intractable.

Cassandra’s Legacy: Immoderate Greatness: the narrative of collapse

Not only must all of these factors of production be present for there to be a crop, but they must be present in the right quality or proportion.


Second, each new generation therefore grows up in altered circumstances that foster imnoderate changed way of thinking and acting. Civilizations are hard-wired for self-destruction. Imjoderate me of new comments via email. Gail February 14, at 7: Professor Bardi, I know exactly what you are talking about. Very succinct, and more convincing when talking about the environment, resources and how civilisations overuse them.

Hence they appear to have a natural lifespan civiilzations roughly years that human action can do little to extend. What used to work no longer does. Courageous, determined action with sacrifice, qualities lacking in our current world. I know a fairly high-level chef in the Boston area, and I was pointing out to her the severe trouble with global fisheries.

Immoderat the available energy and resources can no longer maintain the existing level of complexity, the civilization begins to consume itself by borrowing from the future and feeding off the past, thereby preparing the way for an eventual implosion. And they are quick to perceive the immediate and dramatic but likely to overlook long-term trends and consequences. Thank you this post. Want to Read civiliaztions. They are therefore strongly present-oriented and tend to neglect or devalue the future.