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The upside of down : catastrophe, creativity, and the renewal of civilization

Author: Thomas F Homer-Dixon
Publisher: Washington : Island Press, ©2006.
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Although disasters have caused tremendous suffering, they have taught us how we can reinvigorate the economic, political, and social systems that sustain us. Collapse and upheaval are always  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Homer-Dixon, Thomas F.
Upside of down.
Washington : Island Press, c2006
(DLC) 2006021694
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas F Homer-Dixon
ISBN: 9781435611979 1435611977
OCLC Number: 298790340
Notes: "A Shearwater book"--T.p. verso.
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 429 p.) : ill., maps.
Contents: Prologue : Firestorm : San Francisco, Thursday, April 19, 1906 ; Rome, Tuesday, May 13, 2003 ; The white wall --
1. Tectonic stresses : Multipliers ; Synchronous failure ; Beyond management ; From crash to creativity ; Thresholds ; The prospective mind --
2. A keystone in time : The thermodynamics of empire ; A stone's journey ; Colosseum calories ; Energy return on investment ; The exigencies of energy --
3. We are like running water : Demographic momentum ; No land is an island ; Growth's consequences ; Megacities --
4. So long, cheap slaves : From geopolitics to geoscarcity ; Oil's peak ; Where are the giants? ; "The world economy has no plan B" --
5. Earthquake : Negative synergy ; Overload ; Connectivity and speed ; A clausewitz of complexity ; Boundary jumping --
6. Flesh of the land : Stages of denial ; Beyond the horizon ; Squeezed in a vise ; The anthropocene ; Hollow societies --
7. Closing the windows : Kilimanjaro's retreat ; Concensus ; Confidence game ; Back casting ; Momentum and feedback ; Walking toward a cliff ; Frayed networks --
8. No equilibrium : Heading for the exits ; Income gap ; The dirty little secret of development economics ; Curious fixation ; Cultivating discontent ; The growth imperative ; Clouded hope --
9. Cycles within cycles : Licensing denial ; Why don't we face reality ; Diminishing returns ; Panarchy ; Overextending the growth phase --
10. Disintegration : Checkerboard landscape ; Energy subsidy ; Ruthless extraction ; Holland times ten ; Motivation, opportunity, and framing ; Power shift ; A shattered sphere --
11. Catagenesis : A watch list ; Moments of contingency ; Resilience ; Open source --
12. Baalbek: the last rock.
Responsibility: Thomas Homer-Dixon.

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