Economics, Science Combined in Analysis of Human Ecological Predicament

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Allen Cookson relates fundamental physical and ecological principles to economics in his new book ‘Prosperity, Poverty or Extinction?’

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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 also an ignored warning of worse things to come. Author Allen Cookson brings to bear in support of his arguments the weight of evidence provided by generations of scientists and economists. Readers will find the reasons for addiction to unsustainable economic growth, and the 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. Almost all the material is derived from the work of great minds of past and present. References will enable readers to check things they have doubts about, including those where current controversies are involved.

This book is aimed at the educated layman and the student. Its eclecticism will ensure that even academics find ideas that are new to them. It includes some technical details that will be of interest to professional readers. Mathematical or technical bits, although important, 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 be able to widen their mental horizons by interlinking these subjects into a composite, rational and highly readable whole. The author hopes that it will empower them to directly or indirectly influence policy makers to bring about positive changes.

“For the reader who seeks a penetrating perspective on humanity’s future and is unafraid
to navigate a wealth of facts and figures, Allen Cookson’s impressive book is a wise investment.”
Barry Silverstein Clarion Review

“Cookson’s writing is crisp and his use of his sources is clear and non-overbearing.”
Blueink Review

This book will be featured at the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair on October 8-12, 2014.

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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
Trade Paperback; $NZ$44.99; 590 pages; 978-1-4797-4254-7
Trade Hardback; NZ$64.99; 590 pages; 978-1-4797-4255-4
eBook; NZ$3.99; 978-1-4797-4256-1

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