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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I might even use the word Masterpiece. First, we must recognize that the deep structural problems elucidated above have no feasible solutions.

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They are therefore strongly present-oriented and tend to neglect or devalue the future. Step Back February 14, at 4: Though, it would be more interesting with empirical thought and not the typical Post Modern jibber jabber.

In short, denial, evasion, and procrastination are all but inevitable. This entry was posted in Collapse of Civilizations and tagged civilizationcollapse. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Open to the public Book English Show 0 more libraries Best Regards, Russ Day. See all 64 reviews. This ehy particularly true if the society resorts to currency debasement or loose credit as a way to evade encroaching physical limits and foster an artificial prosperity, for then the economy becomes completely unhinged from concrete ecological reality.

But I take your points.

In my view, our civilisation’s ‘uniqueness’ in technological progress and complexity was only allowed due to the discovery of cheap and abundant fossil fuels. The book begs the question, “what should we do about it? Want to Read Currently Reading Read. View online Borrow Buy Freely available Show 0 more links 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 war.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. We have already seen that extracting energy resources has become more difficult, dangerous, and expensive and will become even more so in the future.

Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Also, some readers may take issue with the inherent moral and political conservatism Ophuls displays in his discussions of moral decay and human limitation. Ugo Bardi February 17, at 4: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

It relies mostly on the views of Sir John Bagot Glubb, who believed that “the history of civilizations describes an arc that starts with an Age of Pioneers or Conquests and then moves successively through the Ages of Commerce, Affluence, and Intellect before terminating in an Age of Decadence.

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AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Showing of 64 reviews. I believe we as a species are blindly exhausting resources gretness degrading the environment to our peril. These entrenched habits, patterns, structures, institutions, ideologies, and interests prevent adaptation to changed conditions.

It is like a condensed elixir of our understanding of the problem. Rather, empires behave like all complex adaptive systems. May 22, Hugo Leal rated it it was amazing. Oprisko February 14, at That leaves those of us that do to be cursed to watch history repeat itself. Courageous, determined action with sacrifice, qualities lacking in our current world. Read more Read less. Thanks for your comment. And the nutrients in the food are not usually returned to the land but instead excreted into latrines and sewers, whence they are dispersed into rivers, lakes, and oceans never to be recaptured except in the negative form of pollution.

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For the hubris of every civilization is that it is, like the Titanic, unsinkable. Try the Kindle edition and cuvilizations these great reading features: It was not particularly political. A juggler, no matter how dedicated and skilled, can only handle only so many balls. Indeed, ironically, it may be the very effort to reform that precipitates the collapse.

Grab a tall scotch, sit back and read about your fate Switch to ethanol, hydrogen or other alternative sources as long as I can continue and maybe increase my over-consuming lifestyle. If we go back to Middle Ages, fish was immodeate food you were supposed to eat on Fridays, as part of your penance.