The Oil Drum | Joseph Tainter – Human Resource Use: Timing and Implications for Sustainability

September 13, 2010

oseph Tainter – Human Resource Use: Timing and Implications for Sustainability

Joseph Tainter, a Professor in the Department of Environment and Society at Utah State University, and author of the seminal work “The Collapse of Complex Societies“, recently gave a speech on complexity and resource use at the 94th Annual Meeting of Ecological Society of America in New Mexico: (Conference theme: Human Macroecology: Understanding Human-Environment Interactions Across Scales). The speech, ‘Human Resource Use: Timing and Implications for Sustainability’, based on a forthcoming paper, is reprinted below with the authors permission.

Taint-or’s assessment of complexity, collapse and future prospects. Those who follow me know that his Collapse of Complex Societies is one of the more important books for me.

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