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Like most of the world's greatest ideas, her premise is astonishingly simple: since human beings "exist wholly within nature as part of natural order in every respect," we should look to the processes of nature for vibrant and ...
Like most of the world's greatest ideas, her premise is astonishingly simple: since human beings "exist wholly within nature as part of natural order in every respect," we should look to the processes of nature for vibrant and flexible models of economic planning. Jacobs culls examples from an impressive array of fields ranging from evolution to ecology, chaos theory to cell biology. And because she writes in the form of a Platonic dialogue, a conversation over coffee among five fictional characters, her resplendently original ideas are refreshingly accessible and clear. Provocative and wise, radical and humane, this book is yet more proof that Jane Jacobs is a truly visionary thinker.
|Chapter 1||Damn, Another Ecologist||3|
|Chapter 2||The Nature of Development||15|
|Chapter 3||The Nature of Expansion||39|
|Chapter 4||The Nature of Self-Refueling||65|
|Chapter 5||Evading Collapse||84|
|Chapter 6||The Double Nature of Fitness for Survival||119|
|Chapter 8||Armbruster's Promise||148|
Posted September 13, 2000
Perhaps someone will write about the 'Nature of Economies', and soon, and I pray that this title will be released for him or her. This book, however, is a ramble of mean observations, couched in an especially irritating format that makes one feel stupid, like an eavesdropper on a pitiable cocktail conversation. To really read this book, one needs only read the Epilogue, 'Hiram was delighted to have Armbruster (sic) relieve him of the book.' The real writing and discovery is in the Notes, some twenty-five pages of them, in which the sense of economy is hinted at, but not at all consummated. Buy the book? Read the Notes. I got my copy at the library.
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