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andlt;Pandgt;We live today in a global web of interdependence, connected technologically, economically, politically, and socially. As a result of these expanding and deepening interdependencies, it has become impossible fully to control — or foretell — the effects of our actions. The world is rife with unintended consequences. The first law of human ecology — which declares that we can never do merely one thing — is a truth we ignore at our peril. In andlt;Iandgt;Indra's Net and the Midas Touchandlt;/Iandgt;, Leslie Paul Thiele explores the impact of interdependence and unintended consequences on our pursuit of sustainability. andlt;/Pandgt;andlt;Pandgt;Unfortunately, good intentions provide no antidote to the law of unintended consequences, and proffered cures often prove worse than the disease. Biofuels developed for the purpose of reducing carbon emissions, for example, have had the unintended effect of cutting off food supplies to the needy and destroying rain forests. We must fundamentally transform our patterns of thinking and behavior. Thiele offers the intellectual and moral foundations for this transformation, drawing from ecology, ethics, technology, economics, politics, psychology, physics, and metaphysics. Awareness of our interconnectedness, he writes, stimulates creativity and community; it is a profound responsibility and a blessing beyond measure.andlt;/Pandgt;

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We live today in a global web of interdependence, connected technologically, economically, politically, and socially. As a result of these expanding and deepening interdependencies, it has become impossible fully to control — or foretell — the effects of our actions. The world is rife with unintended consequences. The first law of human ecology — which declares that we can never do merely one thing — is a truth we ignore at our peril. In Indra's Net and the Midas Touch, Leslie Paul Thiele explores the impact of interdependence and unintended consequences on our pursuit of sustainability.

Unfortunately, good intentions provide no antidote to the law of unintended consequences, and proffered cures often prove worse than the disease. Biofuels developed for the purpose of reducing carbon emissions, for example, have had the unintended effect of cutting off food supplies to the needy and destroying rain forests. We must fundamentally transform our patterns of thinking and behavior. Thiele offers the intellectual and moral foundations for this transformation, drawing from ecology, ethics, technology, economics, politics, psychology, physics, and metaphysics. Awareness of our interconnectedness, he writes, stimulates creativity and community; it is a profound responsibility and a blessing beyond measure.

About the Author

Leslie Paul Thiele is Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Director of Sustainability Studies at the University of Florida. He is the author of Environmentalism for a New Millennium: The Challenge of Coevolution and other books.

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ISBN:
9780262518772
Subtitle:
Living Sustainably in a Connected World
Author:
Thiele, Leslie Paul
Author:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Publisher:
The MIT Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Politics - General
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Indra's Net and the Midas Touch
Publication Date:
20130208
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 figure
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.8125 in

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"Synopsis" by , We live today in a global web of interdependence, connected technologically, economically, politically, and socially. As a result of these expanding and deepening interdependencies, it has become impossible fully to control — or foretell — the effects of our actions. The world is rife with unintended consequences. The first law of human ecology — which declares that we can never do merely one thing — is a truth we ignore at our peril. In Indra's Net and the Midas Touch, Leslie Paul Thiele explores the impact of interdependence and unintended consequences on our pursuit of sustainability.

Unfortunately, good intentions provide no antidote to the law of unintended consequences, and proffered cures often prove worse than the disease. Biofuels developed for the purpose of reducing carbon emissions, for example, have had the unintended effect of cutting off food supplies to the needy and destroying rain forests. We must fundamentally transform our patterns of thinking and behavior. Thiele offers the intellectual and moral foundations for this transformation, drawing from ecology, ethics, technology, economics, politics, psychology, physics, and metaphysics. Awareness of our interconnectedness, he writes, stimulates creativity and community; it is a profound responsibility and a blessing beyond measure.

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