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Power : limits and prospects for human survival / Richard Heinberg.

Author/creator Heinberg, Richard author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Gabriola Island, BC, Canada : New Society Publishers, [2021]
Copyright Notice ©2021
Descriptionxvi, 399 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents 1. Power in Nature: From Mitochondria to Emotion and Deception : The Basis of Life's Power ; Power and Bodies ; Power and Behaviors ; Proto-Human Powers -- 2. Power in the Pleistocene: On Spears, Fires, Furs, Words, and Flutes — And Why Men Are Such Power-Hogs : Hands and Stone ; The Fire Ape ; Skins ; From Grunts to Sentences ; Gender Power ; The Power of Art -- 3. Power in the Holocene: The Rise of Social Inequality : Gerdening, Big Men, and Chiefs: Power from Food Production ; Plow and Plunder: Kings and the First States ; Herding Cattle, Flogging Slaves: Power from Domestication ; Stories of Our Ancestors: Religion and Power ; Tools for Wording: Communication Technologies ; Numbers on Money ; Pathologies of Power -- 4. Power in the Anthropocene: The Wonderful World of Fossil Fuels : It's All Energy ; The Coal Train ; Oil, Cars, Airplanes, and the New Middle Class ; Oil-Age Wars and Weapons ; Electrifying! ; The Human Superorganism -- 5. Overpowered: The Fine Mess We've Gotten Ourselves Into : Climate Chaos and Its Remedies ; Disappearance of Wild Nature ; Resource Depletion ; Soaring Economic Inequality ; Pollution ; Overpopulation and Overconsumption ; Global Debt Bubble ; Weapons of Mass Destruction -- 6. Optimum Power: Sustaining Our Power Over Time : Involuntary Power Limits: Death, Extinction, Collapse ; Self-Limitation in Natural and Human-Engineered Systems ; Taboos, Souls, and Enlightenment ; Taxes, Regulations, Activism, and Rationing: Power Restraint in the Modern World ; Games, Disarmament, and Degrowth ; Denial, Optimism Bias, and Irrational Exuberance -- 7. The Future of Power: Learning to Live Happily Within Limits : All Against All ; Trade-Offs Along the Path of Self-Restraint ; The Fate of the Superorganism ; Questioning Technology ; Learning to Live with Less Energy and Stuff ; Lessening Inequality ; Population: Lowering It and Keeping It Steady ; Fighting Power with Power ; Long-Term Power Through Beauty, Spirituality, and Happiness.
Abstract "Power traces how humans have come to overpower the earth's natural systems and to oppress one another, with catastrophic consequences. We must rapidly re-learn the lessons of power self-limitation rooted in evolution and human history if we are to stave off ecological and social collapse and enjoy a thriving future."-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Other formsIssued also in electronic formats.
Issued in other formOnline version: Heinberg, Richard. Power. Gabriola, British Columbia : New Society Publishers, 2021 1771423579 9781550927610
ISBN0865719675 (softcover)
ISBN9780865719675 (softcover)

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