Filters against Folly: How to Survive despite Economists, Ecologists, and the Merely Eloquent

Filters against Folly How to Survive despite Economists Ecologists and the Merely Eloquent The ecological problems facing our world are frequently addressed by a barrage of experts whose slogans and solutions frequently confuse rather than clarify our understanding of ecological issues In

  • Title: Filters against Folly: How to Survive despite Economists, Ecologists, and the Merely Eloquent
  • Author: Garrett Hardin
  • ISBN: 9780140077292
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Paperback
  • The ecological problems facing our world are frequently addressed by a barrage of experts whose slogans and solutions frequently confuse, rather than clarify our understanding of ecological issues In Filters Against Folly, Garrett Hardin shows how the filters of literacy understanding what words really mean, numeracy being able to quantify information, and ecolacy assessmThe ecological problems facing our world are frequently addressed by a barrage of experts whose slogans and solutions frequently confuse, rather than clarify our understanding of ecological issues In Filters Against Folly, Garrett Hardin shows how the filters of literacy understanding what words really mean, numeracy being able to quantify information, and ecolacy assessment of complex interactions over time, can allow us to make sensible judgments about ecological issues.

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    1. Garrett James Hardin was a leading and controversial ecologist from Dallas, Texas, who was most well known for his 1968 paper, The Tragedy of the Commons He is also known for Hardin s First Law of Ecology, which states You cannot do only one thing , and used the familiar phrase Nice guys finish last to sum up the selfish gene concept of life and evolution.

    2. Although this book is already 25 years old, it is amazingly up to date in its take on politics, philosophy, and ecology. The book is short, easy to read, but contains some very deep, fundamental concepts. The author writes about three filters through which decisions should be made: literate, numerate, and ecolate. The basic question a literate filter should ask is What are the words? In politics, words like absolute, infinite, non-negotiable and sacred mean that the speaker is unwilling to be a [...]

    3. One of the few books that has changed the way I look at the world and evaluate information to, hopefully, make more intelligent decisions. The book starts in a slow tempo by suggesting a logical structure to evaluate decisions and information, which can be summarized as: (1) are the right words being used?, (2) are the right numbers and quantities being referenced, and (3) are the right time and system-wide implications being considered?Afterwards, the real eye-opening lessons begin with the con [...]

    4. - Numerate - Not just values but rates and ratios, don't need precision generally - Avoid words that remove numeracy, infinity, absolute, never, everything in the world is numerate- Literacy - Beware of the merely eloquent - Words are action, understand what people are trying to achieve by the words they use not just what they say, framing with certain words can divert attention from. The weak parts of their arguments - Avoid literacy that shuns numeracy, ie greens wanting absolutely pure water- [...]

    5. A short book packs a powerful punch. Hardin builds a compelling case that to make good decisions one must use each of three filters: literacy, numeracy, and ecolacy.Literacy: What are the words?Numeracy: What are the numbers?Ecolacy: And then what?One of many quotes I highlighted: "Modern technology has been so greatly perfected that the weakest link in most technology/human systems is the human element."

    6. I loved this book! It describes how to think well using on literate, numerate, and ecolate models. It provides a prescriptive approach to critically thinking about modern problems. It should be required reading of those wishing to vote.

    7. Hardin was an influential ecologist who expounded on "the tragedy of the commons" originally in 1968. He explains that in detail here and expands on the implications for us. As another reviewer pointed out, the book is more than 30 years old but it's still relevant and timely. Highly recommended.

    8. Valuable insights in the way of thinking about science, ecology and global and local problems/challanges.

    9. Decent book about different filters to look at claims and information through. Particularly interesting was the "ecolate filter" - and then what?

    10. It's a book from the 80s. I enjoy books that challenge accepted practices or principles. The book is a bit of a hotch-potch and touches on various topics, and is quite demanding of the reader. Hardin breaks down thinking and reasoning to 3 filters, namely the literate, the numerate and the ecolate. I guess this book can help one better question all that is said by 'experts' or the media or any other entity. It may help one develop a better analytical framework. Read this book peacefully over a l [...]

    11. Garrett Hardin is a great thinker and promoter of rational thought. Filters Against Folly is a good book, not great. He tackles some deep-rooted problems that still need proper addressing on a wide scale. He's also a great argumenter and thought-provoker for ecological ideas. The book lacks some depth though. The first part was great, but the second part felt a bit outdated and dragged on. I would recommend his other book "Living Within Limits" instead, it's a 5-star book straight through.

    12. A solidly written and thought out book on conservatism (the real kind, not the Republican variety) and ecologism, with plenty to say about the problems of global warming and the commonized costs of industrial development. Sadly, the sort of wisdom in a book like this is not the stuff of popular consideration, even if leaders and citizens alike would do well to heed its words. Mostly preaching to the choir, I would guess.

    13. A deceptively thin book but one that is densely packed with wisdom. Rambling and hard to read at times, but also speckled with humor and insight - elucidates on how to filter out bullshit. Written through the lens of a enviromentalist/ecologist but applicability can also be extended to other fields.

    14. The author posits that facility with 3 types of thinking skills will reduce folly: literate, numerate and "ecolate". He provides examples where literate people who lacked numerate or ecolate thinking arrived at foolish outcomes; the same holds for anyone lacking all 3 models. Very persuasive & thought-provoking. I enjoyed the book thoroughly though it dragged a little at the end.

    15. Recommended by Farnam Street. Paperback from . Concise advice about how to see flaws in the arguments of others and your own. Interesting to read about climate change from someone writing in 1985. Recommended.

    16. Should be required reading for all politicians, activists, scientists, journalistsd anyone else who cares about cumulative effects of human activities on the planet.

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