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Página 98 - The family which takes its mauve and cerise, airconditioned, power-steered, and power-braked automobile out for a tour passes through cities that are badly paved, made hideous by litter, blighted buildings, billboards, and posts for wires that should long since have been put underground.
Página 204 - Analysis of the pollution problem as a function of population density uncovers a not generally recognized principle of morality, namely: the morality of an act is a function of the state of the system at the time it is performed...
Página 99 - They picnic on exquisitely packaged food from a portable icebox by a polluted stream and go on to spend the night at a park which is a menace to public health and morals. Just before dozing off on an air mattress, beneath a nylon tent, amid the stench of decaying refuse, they may reflect vaguely on the curious unevenness of their blessings. Is this, indeed, the American genius?
Página 169 - Like the logistic growth curve, there is an exponential phase which lasted from 1920 or earlier until 1950 or 1955. Since then, the increments in production have been smaller despite the continuing growth in energy use. It is likely that further increases in food production from increasing energy inputs will be harder and harder to come by. Of course, a major change in the food system could change things, but the argument advanced by the technological optimist is that we can always get more if we...
Página 31 - If two or more persons exchange goods with each other, then the result for each one will depend in general not merely upon his own actions but on those of the others as well.
Página 201 - Before we go back to an organic agriculture in this country, somebody must decide which 50 million Americans we are going to let starve or go hungry.
Página 210 - We are going to have to face up to the fact that we're a different people than we thought we were.
Página 31 - Thus each participant attempts to maximize a function (his above-mentioned "result") of which he does not control all variables. This is certainly no maximum problem, but a peculiar and disconcerting mixture of several conflicting maximum problems. Every participant is guided by another principle and neither determines all variables which affect his interest.