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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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William Catton’s warning

This is a test review. Cargoism is described as an uninformed belief that future technology will bail us out of our problems. Cornucopians proudly refer to overshoot as progress.

Our glorious leaders worked tirelessly to increase drawdown and worsen overshoot. I am trying to think of ways to spread the word about this book, i. One of these items ships sooner than the other. Climate change might hurt agricultural output, which would be another way carrying capacity decreases.

Unfortunately, awareness of the existential predicament we face is not widely understood -so the road to crash and die-off is looking more and more like an eighteen lane, no speed limit, super highway leading straight to the Seneca Cliff. Later, our pre-ecological misunderstanding of what was being done to our future was epitomized by that venerable loophole in the corporate tax laws of the United States, the oil depletion allowance.

In it seemed as if this cycle might be mitigated by wise policy and serious, but achievable adjustments in the human way of life. Modes of Adaption Food and energy price increases and shortages in preceding October 6 were widely incorrectly interpreted as “arab oil blackmail,” when the underlying cause was the fundamental ovefshoot of and increasing demand for petroleum.


The cultural paradigm Catton refers to as Exuberance is so deeply entrenched in our culture that even now, 30 years after the release of the book, in an age glutted with environmental awareness and xatton, practically no one addresses the fundamental revelation Catton presents: The author suggests that advertising is to fault for creating a culture of want which causes people to try to increase their standard of living.

Anyone who thinks we’re going to technologically solve the problems that face humanity really needs to give this a read. Non-competitive human interaction is imperiled by excess numbers and proliferating technology.

However, the extent oversboot which we obviously depend on fossil fuels shows that we have definitely overshot our current carrying capacity. In general, an increase in carrying capacity can either overshoog used by people to live more lavishly, or to support more people. We are not noticing those small regular increments that are what control how developments develop.

Instead he tries to focus the reader’s attention back onto that sustainable carrying capacity that we exceeded so long ago. This is a very sober, straightforward assessment of human society in it’s ecological context throughout history. In Greek mythology, Cassandra ogershoot given the ability of prophecy with the added curse that nobody would listen to her.

It is a point of departure for anyone desiring, first and foremost, to view the world through an ecological lens, rather than a faulty and dubious political or cultural one.

It is clearly written, compelling, and well-researched. Backing into the Future Population cycles have happened to humans before Easter Island, It doesn’t distinguish between science and fearful media noise, besides a short critique of the overzealous technologists of the 60s.

Given the amazing growth of the cathon population in in the past few hundred years, I’m inclined to agree with the conclusion that there are more people alive than a world without petroleum could support, even if we weren’t at capacity before its discovery. Filter by Audio Video All content. The United Nations charter sets out to improve the standard living of all people. Contrasts population pressure versus population density. Overshoot is a sober, no-nonsense, presentation of ecological facts about the human condition and civilization.


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

For four centuries, much of the world experienced a ridiculously abnormal era of innovation, growth, and excess — the Age of Exuberance. Learn more about Amazon Prime. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. He contradicts those scientists, engineers, and technocrats who continue to write optimistically about energy alternatives. The subtitle says it all. I recently finished reading it and now am rereading it. Homo sapiens set about becoming Homo colossus without wondering if the transformation would have to be quite temporary.

This is an incredibly important issue that I think everyone needs to be made aware of. Mar 22, Matthew Dahlhausen rated it it was ok Shelves: May 22, Rezl rated it it caton amazing. A cultural heritage can outlast the conditions that produced it. The population explosion after and the explosive increase of technology during and after the war were only the most recent cathon of that acceleration.