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Progress vs. Apocalypse

Progress vs. Apocalypse: the Stories We Tell Ourselves

October 31, 2012

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Discussions about peak oil and the predicament of industrial society constantly revolve around two completely different, and in fact opposite, sets of assumptions and beliefs about the future. Most people insist that no matter what problems crop up before us, modern science, technology, and raw human ingenuity will inevitable win out and make the world of the future better than the world of today. A sizeable minority of people, however, insist that no matter what we do, some overwhelming catastrophe will soon bring civilization suddenly crashing down into mass death and a Road Warrior future.

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From Energy: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth

Edited by Tom Butler, Daniel Lerch and George Wuerthner