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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Yes, very likely but is that next year or in the next 50 years?

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In conclusion, this is a valuable book greatneas the ability of opening the eyes of everyone who reads it. But we live in a world in which many causes routinely come together to produce many effects. But they don’t feel like a rehash, more like a good synthesis from someone with a deep understanding of the subject matter.

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Institutions and infrastructures have broken down. Civilisation is a problem too hard to solve.

Immoderate Greatness: Why Civilizations Fail

Polhill rated it really liked it Feb 19, First, in a process analogous to ecological succession, each age creates socioeconomic conditions favorable to the emergence of the next.

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I found the moral decay much less credible and blinkered.

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Thanks, I’d not heard of Ophuls before — Plato’s Revenge sounds worth checking out.

The narrative of hubristic self esteem appears to be written in philosopher-speak, not a language that resonates well with the common man. It needs stone to erect palaces, courts, temples, and walls, so it must quarry away mountains. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Hence they appear to have a natural lifespan of roughly years that human action can do little to extend.

His most recent book is ” The Seneca Effect ” Springer Unfortunately, it will not receive such attention because humanity, as Ophuls brutally describes, is hard-wired for self destruction and ultimately terminal decline. Brian Miller on Reality Prime. When not at his writing desk, he spends his immoderqte rambling in nature, either in his native California or in the mountains of Europe.

Immoderate Greatness: Why Civilizations Fail by William Ophuls

In imoderate short but enlightening book, William Ophuls points to the factors that lead to the inevitable failure of a civilisation. I welcome this approach as I have read some books about the problems we face and the solutions seem unrealistic at best and immoderaate at worst.

This book would be good material to scare a bunch of college freshmen who don’t know anything about it. Complex adaptive systems are stable until they are overstressed. Very succinct, and more convincing when talking about the environment, resources and how civilisations overuse them.


[PDF] Immoderate Greatness: Why Civilizations Fail [Online Books]

For the hubris of every civilization is that it is, like the Titanic, unsinkable. Thanks for your comment.

In effect, civilizations suffer from a structural incapacity to respond to altered circumstances. Our best strategy at this stage is find ways to make sure that civilisation itself survives and only after that think about, usually ineffectually, how to prevent it. However, the most dangerous byproduct of the unceasing cacophony is a growth in civil dissension.

In short, limited, fallible human beings are bound to bungle the job of managing complex systems. This book made me feel terribly melancholy about my future, and the future of all civilisations. 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.

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