Allen Cookson’s New Book Integrates Economics and Science in Analyzing Human Ecological Predicament

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Allen Cookson relates the fundamental physical and ecological principles to Economics.

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Looming over humanity are impending ecological crises. If they occur, the present global financial crisis will be seen in hindsight as a relatively minor inconvenience, but an ignored warning of worse things to come. Cookson brings to bear in support of his arguments the weight of evidence provided by generations of scientists and economists. Readers will find searching examination of the reasons for our addiction to unsustainable economic growth, and ways of overcoming it without undue discomfort.

Prosperity, Poverty or Extinction written by Allen Cookson, relates in an unprecedented way, fundamental physical and ecological principles to economics so that the detachment of current economic practices from physical reality becomes obvious. Sustainable alternative economic models are proposed in this book and almost all the material is derived from the work of great minds of the past and the present. References will enable readers to check things they have doubts about, including current controversies.

This book is aimed at the educated layman and the student. Its eclecticism will ensure even academics find ideas that are new to them. It includes some technical details that will be of interest to readers with strengths relevant to them. Mathematical or technical bits can be skipped over without losing the thread.

Prosperity, Poverty or Extinction is for intelligent, educated lay people, students and academics. Readers with interest in biology, chemistry, economics, demography, education, engineering, farming, geography, politics, physics, psychology, religion, and other subjects will find the book widens their mental horizons by linking these subjects. The author hopes that it will empower them in directly or indirectly influencing policy makers to bring about positive changes.

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About the Author
New Zealander Allen Cookson spent most of his life as a secondary school science teacher. A family discussion about the state of the world, and the poor prospects for future generations, led to a challenge from his son to do something about the present unsustainable practices. As it appeared to the author that flawed economics was a major factor impeding essential changes, he embarked upon and completed an economics degree. This enabled him to integrate economics and science in this book’s analysis of the human ecological predicament. His wide interests include conservation and tramping in New Zealand’s mountain country.

Prosperity, Poverty or Extinction? * by Allen Cookson
Humanity's Choices
Publication Date: December 11, 2012
Trade Paperback; $44.99; 590 pages; 978-1-4797-4254-7
Trade Hardback; $64.99; 590 pages; 978-1-4797-4255-4
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4797-4256-1

To request a complimentary paperback review copy, contact the publisher at 0800-891-366. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (09) 353-1455 or call 0800-891-366.

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