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The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization / Edition 2
     

The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization / Edition 2

by Thomas Homer-Dixon
 

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ISBN-10: 1597260649

ISBN-13: 9781597260640

Pub. Date: 10/30/2006

Publisher: Island Press

In this groundbreaking exploration of crisis and revival, Thomas Homer-Dixon argues that the modern world has become increasingly vulnerable to breakdown-whether from terrorist attacks, environmental disasters, energy scarcity, or the widening gap between rich and poor. But it is also ripe for renewal. The Upside of Down shows how collapse can catalyze the renewal of

Overview

In this groundbreaking exploration of crisis and revival, Thomas Homer-Dixon argues that the modern world has become increasingly vulnerable to breakdown-whether from terrorist attacks, environmental disasters, energy scarcity, or the widening gap between rich and poor. But it is also ripe for renewal. The Upside of Down shows how collapse can catalyze the renewal of our societies and our lives.

About the Author:
Thomas Homer-Dixon is author of Environment, Scarcity, and Violence and The Ingenuity Gap, winner of Canada's prestigious Governor-General's Award of Non-Fiction

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597260640
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
10/30/2006
Edition description:
1
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Firestorm     1
San Francisco, Thursday, April 19, 1906
Rome, Tuesday, May 13, 2003
The White Wall
Tectonic Stresses     9
Multipliers
Synchronous Failure
Beyond Management
From Crash to Creativity
Thresholds
The Prospective Mind
A Keystone in Time     31
The Thermodynamics of Empire
A Stone's Journey
Colosseum Calories
Energy Return on Investment
The Exigencies of Energy
We Are like Running Water     57
Demographic Momentum
No Land Is an Island
Growth's Consequences
Megacities
So Long, Cheap Slaves     77
From Geopolitics to Geoscarcity
Oil's Peak
Where Are the Giants?
"The World Economy Has No Plan B"
Earthquake     101
Negative Synergy
Overload
Connectivity and Speed
A Clausewitz of Complexity
Boundary Jumping
Flesh of the Land     129
Stages of Denial
Beyond the Horizon
Squeezed in a Vise
The Anthropocene
Hollow Societies
Closing the Windows     153
Kilimanjaro's Retreat
Consensus
Confidence Game
Back Casting
Momentum and Feedback
Walking toward a Cliff
Frayed Networks
No Equilibrium     177
Heading for the Exits
Income Gap
The Dirty Little Secret of Development Economics
Curious Fixation
Cultivating Discontent
The Growth Imperative
Clouded Hope
Cycles within Cycles     207
Licensing Denial
Why Don't We Face Reality?
DiminishingReturns
Panarchy
Overextending the Growth Phase
Disintegration     235
Checkerboard Landscape
Energy Subsidy
Ruthless Extraction
Holland Times Ten
Motivation, Opportunity, and Framing
Power Shift
A Shattered Sphere
Catagenesis     265
A Watch List
Moments of Contingency
Resilience
Open Source
Ballbek: The Last Rock     297
Notes     311
Illustration Credits     405
Acknowledgments     413
Index     417

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