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  • Author:
    Julian L. Simon
  • ISBN:
    155786585X
  • ISBN13:
    978-1557865854
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  • Publisher:
    Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (January 9, 1996)
  • Pages:
    708 pages
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    Earth Sciences
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The State of Humanity will become essential reading foranyone who wants to put today's policy debates into a largercontext. Business Week " This book provides a comprehensive and balanced assessment of thestate of the Earth and its inhabitants at the close of thetwentieth century.

The State of Humanity will become essential reading foranyone who wants to put today's policy debates into a largercontext. This book provides a comprehensive and balanced assessment of thestate of the Earth and its inhabitants at the close of thetwentieth century.

This book provides a comprehensive and balanced assessment of the state of the Earth and its inhabitants at the close of the twentieth century

This book provides a comprehensive and balanced assessment of the state of the Earth and its inhabitants at the close of the twentieth century. The subjects range from deforestation, water pollution and ozone layer depletion to poverty, homelessness, mortality and murder.

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Simon states the world has trended positive in the past and will continue to do so in the future. This is a book jam-packed with statistical information regarding, what else, the state of humanity.

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Simon's 1981 book The Ultimate Resource is a criticism of what was then the conventional wisdom on resource scarcity, published within the context of the cultural . Simon along The State of Humanity: Steadily Improving 1995).

Simon's 1981 book The Ultimate Resource is a criticism of what was then the conventional wisdom on resource scarcity, published within the context of the cultural background created by the best-selling and highly influential book The Population Bomb in 1968 by Paul R. Ehrlich and The Limits to Growth analysis published in 1972. The Ultimate Resource challenged the conventional wisdom on population growth, raw-material scarcity and resource consumption.

The State of Humanity. This book provides a comprehensive and balanced assessment of the state of the Earth and its inhabitants at the close of the twentieth century. ISBN: 978-1-557-86585-4 December 1995 Wiley-Blackwell 708 Pages.

Julian L. Simon, an. . Simon, an economist and professor who spent much of his professional life taking on scientists, demographers and other academics who argued that mankind was stretching the resources of the earth to the breaking point, died at his home in Chevy Chase, M. on Sunday. The cause of death was a heart attack, his son, David, said. 'First,'' he wrote, ''humanity's condition will improve in just about every material way.

Politics Environmentalism. Dr. Block is a professor of economics at the College of the Holy Cross. If you are one of those persons whose intellectual style can be summarized by the motto. On the other hand, if you think that facts, evidence, and history can contribute to our understanding of where mankind has been and where it is likely to go, then The State of Humanity is the book for you. The thesis of this book is that the lot of humanity has been improving in the last few centuries, decades, and years, and that the most likely prospect is for more of the same.

Julian Simon foresaw the falling natural resource prices, increased world oil .

Julian Simon foresaw the falling natural resource prices, increased world oil supply, and decline in farmland prices  . Mar 27, 1997; lecture covered by C-SPAN, entitled Material Welfare and Standard of Living Julian Simon, the great liberal. The greatest asset of the United States and of other economically advanced countries is the political and legal and economic organization". Julian Simon's Breakthrough: 1977, 1981, 1996 - Master Resource.

This book provides a comprehensive and balanced assessment of thestate of the Earth and its inhabitants at the close of thetwentieth century. More than fifty scholars from all over the worldpresent new, concise and accessible accounts of the present stateof humanity and the prospects for its social and naturalenvironment. The subjects range from deforestation, water pollutionand ozone layer depletion to poverty, homelessness, mortality andmurder. Each contributor considers the present situation,historical trends, likely future prospects, and the efficacy orotherwise of current activity and policy. The coverage isworldwide, with a particular emphasis on North America.The State of Humanity is a magnificent and eye-opening synthesis ofcultural, social, economic and environmental perspectives. It willinterest all those - including geographers, economists,sociologists and policy makers - concerned to understand some ofthe most pressing problems of our time.

Ceroelyu
This is my bible, I have never been disappointed by this author with is concise analogies backed by data. I love the last chapter, Don't skip ahead, it is still relevant today many years later.
Dainris
Among the reviews so far you can see two trends -- four or five stars among those who have open minds, zero or one star among those who refuse to see anything that doesn't match their prejudices.
You can argue about whether it's any fun living in a third world country, but you can't argue with the *fact* that infant mortality is way down over the last century, in third world *and* developed countries. Our existing social system made those babies stop dying, with a few hundred years of effort on clean water, sanitation, antibiotics, electricity, and other things the whiners now take for granted.
Simon's most important contribution is to look at progress or regress over the span of centuries, using the best historical sources he can find. The amazing result is that almost all the trends are VERY VERY positive! Don't believe me or anybody -- read the book and check his sources. It's all very well to gripe, but back up your gripes with some hard data like Simon's.
Yayrel
I'd be an extreme environmentalist if I thought pollution in the world was getting worse. It's not. I'd be a back-to-the-plow agrarian if I thought industrial life was not good for humanity. But it is. I'd be a social liberal if I thought that crime was on the rise, poverty was growing and rampant, and life was generally getting worse. But it's not.
The state of humanity provides several discrete chapters that list statistics, trends, and quantifiable facts concerning the true state of the world today. True, you can use statistics to lie, if you're vague. Simon's book is far from vague, with shovel-fulls of information relating to several topics: acid-rain, global temperatures, infant mortality, suicide, standards of living, and on and on...
You don't have to live on the street or in the third world to do research, to find out that life is better everywhere than its ever been.
Siramath
The empirical evidence collected in this volume is truly impressive -- in its depth, scope, and accessible presentation. This evidence overwhelmingly shows that the freer the market, the better off the society. Another reviewer of this book wrote that it shows that life is good only for rich white folks. This reviewer clearly didn't read the book, for the evidence collected in it shows that even in third-world countries, to the extent that these nations have private property and the rule of law, the quality of life is improving there as well. No collection of essays on the current state of humanity is more complete or compelling.
Visonima
This is a book jam-packed with statistical information regarding, what else, the state of humanity. Collected are statistics relevant to life, health, standards of living, and the ecological state of the planet.
For example, if you believed Ehrlich and Ted Danson in the 1970's that the Earth was on the cusp of another ice age, only now to believe that the Earth is warming rapidly, your extreme beliefs, no doubt influenced by a media that has little regard for facts, could stand a dose of reality from the information in this book. Of course, Simon is not the only writer to debunk the eco-extremists. Dr. S. Fred Singer, inventor of the satellite ozone monitoring system, is among the large percentage of globabl scientists who concur that there is indeed nothing wrong with the ozone layer. How could they come to such a conclusion? Probably a consideration of the facts, ones such as those Simon has amassed.
Far from culling information only from the western world, the statistics in this book are often global. Of course, this is a book largely composed of statistics. Regardless of the accuracy of the information, quantitative analyses such as this are purely for reference.
I suggest Simon's book not as the end-all-be-all of rational debate, but merely as one source of information. Simon, and the information he has gathered, do not speak conclusively on any issue. What you will most probably gain from reading this book is an understanding of the kind of evidence and material that is not even considered by those who make opposing arguments. Opinions may vary, but ultimately facts lend themselves only to a finite number of interpretations.
Most cultural debates have their ebbs and flows; I am glad to see this segment of the argument being constructed with facts and rationality, however incomplete they may be.