Cover

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Title Page

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-ix

The idea for this book was sparked by a comment one of my students made in my principles of ecology course at Antioch. Although The Myth of Progress evolved into something . . .

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Prologue

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pp. xi-xiii

I grew up during the 1950s in a suburban development spawned by American optimism following World War II. Like so many of these developments, similar looking houses . . .

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Introduction

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pp. xv-xxvi

The above statement is an excerpt from a speech that President Bush gave on Valentine’s Day. I heard it while listening to National Public Radio’s All Things Considered news program . . .

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The Myth of Control

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pp. 1-21

My first exposure to computers based on microchip technology was in 1980. Jimmy Carter had just lost the presidency to Ronald Reagan. An evening news report . . .

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The Myth of Growth

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pp. 22-39

On May 11, 1943, American forces stormed Attu—the island that anchors the western end of Alaska’s Aleutian archipelago. At the time Attu was held by more than 2,400 . . .

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The Myth of Energy

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pp. 40-63

Before sitting down to write this morning, I helped my wife, Marcia, clean the house. We swept the wooden floors, dusted the tabletops, and cleaned the sinks and toilet bowls . . .

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The Myth of the Free Market

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pp. 64-90

As they grow, all biological systems increase their complexity, their parts becoming ever more specialized and tightly integrated. As a result the entire system increases its . . .

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The Myth of Progress

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pp. 91-111

In 1978 Marcia and I started building our house by cutting, hauling, and barking one hundred white pine trees from our property. These pines were used to build our scribe- fitted . . .

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Epilogue

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pp. 112-117

October 1969 found me as a depressed industrial engineering student at Johns Hopkins University. I felt out of place with my program of study and Baltimore as well. . . .

Glossary of Scientific Terms

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pp. 119-122

Index

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pp. 123-131