The Virtues of Ignorance: Complexity, Sustainability, and the Limits of Knowledge

The Virtues of Ignorance: Complexity, Sustainability, and the Limits of Knowledge

by Bill Vitek
     
 

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Human dependence on technology has increased exponentially over the past several centuries, along with the notion that environmental problems can be solved with scientific applications. The Virtues of Ignorance: Complexity, Sustainability, and the Limits of Knowledge proposes an alternative to this hubristic, shortsighted, and dangerous worldview. The contributors

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Human dependence on technology has increased exponentially over the past several centuries, along with the notion that environmental problems can be solved with scientific applications. The Virtues of Ignorance: Complexity, Sustainability, and the Limits of Knowledge proposes an alternative to this hubristic, shortsighted, and dangerous worldview. The contributors offer profound arguments for the advantages of an ignorance-based worldview. Examining the relationship between the land and the future generations who will depend on it, they propose that, while we cannot improve upon nature, by putting this new perspective to work in our professional and personal lives we can live sustainably on Earth.

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"Every now and again you come across a read you feel certain will shift the landscape of thought in unpredictable ways. The Virtues of Ignorance is likely to raise a few eyebrows in the scientific community and the fallout is likely to be both stimulating and positive." —Claude Stephens, Forest Echo" —

"Demonstrating that knowledge-based worldviews are more dangerous than useful, the book looks closely at the relationship between the land and the future generations who will depend on it." —Abstracts of Public Administration, Development, and Environment" —

"The questions raised throughout the book encourage a pause for reflection — on what we think we know and the implications our knowledge has on the world around us." —International Journal of Illich Studies" —

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813138763
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
04/18/2008
Series:
Culture of the Land
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
File size:
1 MB

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