"A powerful analysis of our situation"

This book shows how societies and individuals can have too much of a good thing, often unconscious of the effects of ingenuity on their environment. When changes are man-made and harmful, a downward spiral begins: development that excludes solutions to problems that arise from development.

A leading academic publisher noted that the "work does in fact promise to provide a powerful analysis of our situation and what may be a fruitful way of resolving the dilemma which that analysis exposes."

Dr. Sheila Mason, professor of Environmental Ethics with Concordia University's philosophy department observed: "two chapters ... fit in well as I like to use Damasio and Ledoux to make the point about emotion, which fits very well with Virtue Theory - the basis of this course...The writing is very beautiful: clear and measured."

The project began in 1990 as a Global Ecopolitics presentation at Concordia University, Montreal: The Progress Trap – Science, humanity and the environment. It proposed that industrial development can result in “an escalating quantity of technical treatments of man-made problems…creating a burden that results in new problems such as funding shortages for research…and environmental mysteries such as nuclear waste disposal. This situation is the progress trap.” A historical pattern of deviation from a ‘norm’ of natural interdependence with nature was identified. This deviation often results in a failing state where creative, problem-solving abilities that ought to emerge under environmental threats, are absent.

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"The Progress Trap - and how to avoid it" Copyright Daniel O'Leary, registered at
the Copyright Office, Consumer and Corporate Affairs, Canada on April 5, 1991 (ref 405917)