Immoderate Greatness: Why Civilizations Fail. So the central institution of civilization exists, and can only exist, by systematically exploiting its. Civilization, for all its wonders and advantages, is destined to collapse due to its nature, writes Ophuls in this meticulously argued treatise. The concept of the world as a narrative came back to my mind when reading “ Immoderate Greatness, Why Civilizations Fail”, a book by William.

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As a process, civilization resembles a long-running economic bubble. Politics is increasingly corrupt, life increasingly unjust. Even if some manage to subsist, temporarily, their systems will fail and they the most barbaric, rapacious and self-serving of the lot of humankind will inevitably turn on each other.

Thanks for your comment. Thanks for mentioning this book Ugo. Indeed, the real product of genuine systems analysis is not solutions but wisdom.

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Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. In short, limited, fallible human beings are bound to bungle immderate job of managing complex systems. Nov 16, Zakp rated it liked it. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. As time goes on, institutions therefore grow steadily more hidebound, inflexible, and unresponsive. That leaves those of us that do to be cursed to watch history repeat itself. In practice, this means that human beings excel at concrete perception but are much less adept at abstraction.


Overshoot and collapse is the inevitable result. Civilisations are built upon internal friction, slavery and war amongst other more positive human behaviourswhich are civilizatinos signs of mora Very succinct, and more convincing when talking about the environment, resources and how civilisations overuse them. And then, quite abruptly, they collapse…. Civilization as we know civilizatins will not.

That does not mean that planning is useless. Increasingly polarized, they dissipate their energy in factional struggle instead of problem solving.

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Subjects Regression Civilization Civilization — History. Ophuls helped me clarify my thinking and feeling on the numerous crises that our country faces and, oddly enough, made me feel somewhat better about them, in that many of our problems were inevitable as we reached a certain size gfeatness complexity.

Thank you this post.

The Need Not to Know protects the psyche, I imagine, much as humans are often largely able to blot out the memories of the pain of childbirth or war. These entrenched habits, patterns, structures, institutions, ideologies, and interests prevent adaptation to changed conditions.

Immoderate Greatness: Why Civilizations Fail by William Ophuls

Brian Miller on Reality Prime. Because our own civilization is global, its collapse will also be global, as well as uniquely devastating owing to the immensity of its population, complexity, and consumption.


An Age of Decadence inevitably follows. I’m not sure this book would work well as an introduction, but then, I can’t really speak to that.

As, the author points out, the human brain was made to handle the relatively immiderate demands of life in hunter-gatherer groups.

Ikiryo rated it really liked it Jan 20, Found at these bookshops Searching – please wait I’ve been interested in this topic for a long time so I had read many of his reference materials already. It will change the way you look at the world.

Also rice flour is crumbly, so it too can never be used alone or with a nut flour. To wit, understanding that excessive complexity is both costly and perilous and that management in the sense of control is unachievable.

Modern civilization offers numerous examples of diminishing returns. Lidia17 February 16, at 7: Too early to tell how much this book has changed immiderate life, but it certainly brought some ideas firmly together and put my head in a spin for a few days. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.