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The Bountiful Planet

Frank H. T. Rhodes

in Earth: A Tenant's Manual

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801478239
eISBN:
9780801466212
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801478239.003.0008
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Environmental Geography

This chapter charts the extent of the human dependence on the Earth's bounty and resources. In so doing the chapter also traces the evolution of human civilization and development through the years, ... More


Barbarism and Republicanism

Silvia Sebastiani

in Scottish Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century, Volume I: Morals, Politics, Art, Religion

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199560677
eISBN:
9780191761300
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560677.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter maps out some of the views of Scottish thinkers concerning human progress. It briefly considers Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun, who was the first to promote the language of republicanism in ... More


Human Development Paradigm for South Asia

Khadija Haq (ed.)

in Economic Growth with Social Justice: Collected Writings of Mahbub ul Haq

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780199474684
eISBN:
9780199089833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199474684.003.0028
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Public and Welfare, Development, Growth, and Environmental

In the chapter, Haq gives a snapshot of the human progress of South Asia, comparing it with other regions. He was worried about the region beginning to lag behind all other regions, including ... More


“Better Than a Dog Anyhow”

Evelleen Richards

in Darwin and the Making of Sexual Selection

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226436906
eISBN:
9780226437064
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226437064.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Chapter 7 deepens this analysis with a discussion of Darwin’s close reading in early 1839 of a key text, Alexander Walker’s Intermarriage. Walker placed explicitly before Darwin the reiterated ... More


The ‘Myths’ of SETI and Religion

David Wilkinson

in Science, Religion, and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199680207
eISBN:
9780191760167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680207.003.0009
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

The chapter critically reviews a number of popular myths concerning the relationships of SETI and religion, sustained by recent scientists writing in the area: Paul Davies’ suggestion of evidence for ... More


Optimization and Its Limits

Yakov Ben-Haim

in The Dilemmas of Wonderland: Decisions in the Age of Innovation

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780198822233
eISBN:
9780191861246
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198822233.003.0004
Subject:
Business and Management, Innovation, Knowledge Management

Innovation dilemmas often result from seeking optimal—that is, minimal or maximal—outcomes. However, uncertainty sometimes makes outcome optimization infeasible or unwise. Human progress originates ... More


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