William R. Catton, Jr., is professor of sociology at Washington State University and author of From Animistic to Naturalistic Sociology and more than seventy-five . William R. Catton Jnr. explained humanity’s overshoot situation in his book. Overshoot, The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change”. The front page. Overshoot has ratings and 30 reviews. Adam said: I’ve been Title: Overshoot Binding: Paperback Author: Catton, William R., JR. Publisher: Combined.

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The only real solution, in my mind, is for people to die hopefully of old age. That’s how money works, for example. If we look at the rate of climate change due to anthropogenic forcing, or the rate at which our fossil fuel energy sources are depleting, or the rate of aquifer depletion, or the rate of population increase, or the rate of consumption increase per capita in the developed and developing worlds, or… You get the picture.

Yes, things are a bit rough now, but recovery is just around the corner, probably tomorrow. The subtitle says it all. For four centuries, much of the world experienced a ridiculously abnormal era of innovation, growth, and excess — the Age of Exuberance. With the shift to agriculture, population grew 0. But the content of the book suggests otherwise. Tuesday, October 14, Overshoot. Social disorganization, friction, demoralization, and conflict will escalate.

European colonists, with their state of the art technology, vigorously converted wilderness into private property devoted to the production of food and commodities for humans. Colonists exported lots of food to Europe, and population exploded on both sides of the Atlantic. The chapter makes one other point which because I agree with it I feel is worth mentioning: To ask other readers questions about Overshootplease sign up.


Feb 20, Paula rated it it was ok. Population cycles have happened to humans before Easter Island, The cultural paradigm Catton refers to as Exuberance is so deeply entrenched in our culture that even now, 30 years after the release of the book, in an age glutted with environmental awareness and media, practically no one addresses the fundamental revelation Catton presents: The chapter ends with a table of possible reactions to the situation.

Up to this point, we increased carrying capacity by takeoverexpanding into new habitat and pushing out other species. There is no doubt kvershoot life is going to keep getting harder and cattton scarcer and spread more thinly; the challenge is to adapt to the process as effectively and with as much mutual respect, dignity, and humanity as we can.

People who are interested in learning are finding it. Humans have detachable organs bike helmet mirrors are eyes in the back of the head, stone shards are better teeth or fingernails, gourds are better than cupped hands, eyeglasses, tooth fillings, artificial kidneys, hearts, prosthetic limbs, clothing, air conditioning and heat are all listed.

William Catton: Overshoot and Bottleneck

He catto that despite our considerable overshoog prowess, our social system simply cannot contemplate making the drastic changes necessary to mitigate the downslope. Although it took me a while to get through this book, I found it incredibly worthwhile to read and fully understand.


May 22, Rezl rated it it was amazing. If you want to reproduce after reading this, you probably have a learning disability. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This paradigm refuses explanations for large-scale historical, economic, and social trends based on abstract, ideological factors and not on biological, anthropological, and geographical ones.

Oevrshoot book gets five stars for being so totally clear and convincing about it. What really needed to be discussed was not only the dire need to conserve resources, but also this: Customers who bought this item also bought. This was a big fork in the path. Our only choice is to live modestly – who wants to hear that?

Write a customer review. This rational mindset made it easy to understand our predicament, and to envision intelligent responses, but probably not brilliant solutions.

An enlightened ecological view takes some of the personal sting out of this process, but it does little relieve the underlying tension. Cornucopians hallucinate that withdrawals from finite nonrenewable savings are incomeovwrshoot that wealth can be increased by withdrawing even more nonrenewable savings. The author has a gift for making brief summary statements which drive his point home. This greatly expanded the carrying capacity of the Americas for humans.