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

Only so much tinkering by humans can postpone the inevitable. Our civilisation has expanded until the last corners of the Earth. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. To ask other readers questions greatnesz Immoderate Greatnessplease sign up. At worst, they actively prepare their own downfall through greed, arrogance, obstinacy, shortsightedness, laziness, and stupidity. The Erosion of Civilizations by David R.


Not only are some of his supports weak like whj scientific laws to society as if it ain’t no immoderte or having to take his word on everything because the book is so short but I found him to be unduly critical of humanity in general not a huge surprise since he is trying to be objective while also being a doomsayer. That leaves those of us that do to be cursed to watch history repeat itself. First, by engaging in unnecessary wars or imperial ventures that drain the civilization of blood and treasure.

Human societies are addicted to their ruling ideas and their received way of life, and they are fanatical in their defense. Addressing one problem creates new ones; not addressing small problems turns them into big ones.

To avoid the common fate of all past civilizations will require a radical change in our ethos—to wit, the deliberate renunciation of greatness—lest we precipitate a dark age in which the arts and adornments of civilization are partially or completely lost. Lists What are lists? Institutions and infrastructures have broken down.


May 05, Ryan Wilson rated it really liked it. However, the most dangerous byproduct of the unceasing cacophony is a growth in civil dissension. De This book would be good material to scare a bunch of college freshmen who don’t know anything about it. East Dane Designer Vreatness Fashion.

Hence they appear to have a natural lifespan of roughly years that human action can do little to extend. To get resources from others, you must normally give something valuable in return—either resources themselves, or goods and services that depend ultimately on resources. From Ophuls’ point of view all human civilzations have either failed or are failing.

If Ophuls wants to look at the cause of moral decay, perhaps he could focus more on the vested interests that are able to buy influence in politics and the media, thereby distorting rational discussion. Overall a typical book for the genre.

As these examples suggest, the timing and trajectory of collapse are essentially unpredictable and uncontrollable.

Thus, ikmoderate by little, renewable flow resources like forests and fisheries are overexploited, and nonrenewable stock resources like minerals are drawn down. Civilisations are built upon internal friction, slavery and war amongst other more positive human behaviourswhich are not signs of mora Very succinct, and more convincing when talking about the environment, resources and how civilisations overuse them.

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Faiil can no longer afford its attained level of complexity and must either simplify itself until complexity and energy are once again in balance, or it must, like the Romans, squeeze more out of its resource base than can be sustained over the long term, which simply postpones the inevitable. Though, it would be more interesting with empirical thought and not the typical Post Modern jibber jabber. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


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Solar rays will make hot water for a household but do not lend themselves to running a large power plant. The author only points out that humans were not made to handle the complexity of immoderaate civilisation. For example, to grow cereals takes soil, seeds, fertilizer, and water as well as labor. And this can be counter-productive as gains in efficiency tend to be annulled by increases in demand.

People crowded and trapped on a luxury liner, hungry, hot, and drowning in their faiil shit immoderae vomit. By this method they not only confiscate, but they confiscate arbitrarily; and, while the process impoverishes many, it actually enriches some. The very fact that complex systems have key links and nodes connected by multiple feedback loops means that they are vulnerable to a cascade of failure.

But in the process most of the energy in the wood was wasted. Upon reflection, it seems to be a chicken-and-egg question. Ultimately this book fakl for the few who care. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. I made my own division some years ago, which like the rest of my blog got no attention. And, I applauded his conclusion which seemed to me devoid of the usual pablum of hope found in other works.

Alice — Good summary of collapse.

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