Filters against Folly: How to Survive despite Economists,

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 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

10 thoughts on “Filters against Folly: How to Survive despite Economists, Ecologists, and the Merely Eloquent

  1. says:

    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 i

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    One of the few books that has changed the way I look at the world and evaluate information to, hopefully, makeintelligent 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

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    This book has aged incredibly since it was first published, 34 years ago I think all the multitude of ideas discussed in this book about economics, society, the environment, human psychology, among others, are evenrelevant today than when this was originally written.With all the noise from our media and our social networks, it is urgent that each member of soci

  4. says:

    Need to read again, lots of nuggets of wisdom on many pages, but felt lost on many other pages

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    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 atte

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    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 h

  7. says:

    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.

  8. says:

    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 isthan 30 years old but it s still relevant and timely Highly recommended.

  9. says:

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

  10. says:

    I enjoyed this book and I would probably read this again The author asks the reader to look at the world through three filters He wants society to have a healthy scepticism towards new technological innovations until the consequences of their development have been fully and thoroughly considered I think this is a good idea but it should not stop people from pursuing n

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