Becoming Good Ancestors : How We Balance Nature, Community, and Technology

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  • Copyright: 2008-11-04
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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A brilliant writer and gifted "big picture" thinker, David Ehrenfeld is one of America's leading conservation biologists. Becoming Good Ancestors unites in a single framework themes spanning ecology, economics, technology, and culture, and illuminating the forces in modern society that thwart our efforts to solve today's problems.

Author Biography

David Ehrenfeld is Professor of Biology at Rutgers University and holds degrees in history, medicine, and zoology. He is the founding editor of the journal Conservation Biology and the author of The Arrogance of Humanism and Beginning Again.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Bookmapp. xiii
In Search of Honesty
Pretendingp. 3
Brainstorming Has Its Limitsp. 18
Nothing Simplep. 22
The Comforts of Fantasyp. 27
Keeping Track of Our Losses
Rejecting Giftsp. 37
The Uses and Risks of Adaptationp. 42
When Machines Replace Peoplep. 47
Pseudocommunitiesp. 51
Obsolescencep. 58
Accelerating Social Evolutionp. 63
Writingp. 69
Toward a Sustainable Economics
Affluence and Austerityp. 77
Energy and Friendly Firep. 82
Durable Goodsp. 87
Preserving Our Capitalp. 91
Conservation for Profitp. 97
Hot Spots and the Globalization of Conservationp. 106
Putting a Value on Naturep. 121
The Downside of Corporate Immortalityp. 127
Relating to Nature in a Human-Dominated World
Wilderness as Teacherp. 137
An Opposing View of Naturep. 141
Death of a Plastic Palmp. 147
Scientific Discoveries and Nature's Mysteriesp. 151
I Reinvent Agriculturep. 157
Thinking about Breeds and Speciesp. 163
Strangers in Our Own Landp. 169
Teaching Field Ecologyp. 176
The Ubiquitous Right-of-Wayp. 181
A Walk in the Woodsp. 186
Old Growthp. 190
Intimacy with Naturep. 196
Restoring the Community
The Utopia Fallacyp. 203
Traditionsp. 210
Jane Austen and the World of the Communityp. 216
Universities, Schools, and Communitiesp. 222
What Do We Owe Our Children?p. 229
Epilogue: A Call for Fusion and Regenerationp. 240
Notesp. 259
Creditsp. 291
Indexp. 293
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