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King, Gary, 1997, A Solution to the Ecological Inference Problem : Reconstructing Individual Behavior from Aggregate Data, Princeton University Press. GET IT HERE

Kymlicka, Will, 2000, Citizenship in Diverse Societies, Oxford University Press. GET IT HERE

Kymlicka, Will, 1995, Multicultural Citizenship : A Liberal Theory of Minority Rights (Oxford Political Theory), Oxford University Press. GET IT HERE

Langbein, Laura Irwin, 1981, Ecological Inference, Series: Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences, Number 10, Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications. GET IT HERE

Laplace, Pierre Simon de (1749-1827). Entry from A Dictionary of Philosophy, Revised Second Edition, Antony Flew, editorial consultant, New York: St. Martin's Press, page 197: French mathematician and philosopher. His main philosophical publications are Exposition du système du monde (1798) and Essai philosophique sur les probabilitiés (1814). Laplace is best known for his belief in mechanical determinism, and for his foundation of probability theory upon consideration of combinations of equipossible cases. Alternatives are shown to be equipossible by an application of the principle of indifference, and Laplace embraced the subjective air of this principle. He made many contributions to the mathematical theory of probability. Laplace's determinism was based on the enormous success of Newtonian mechanics, and in particular he himself proved the mechanical stability of the solar system. He thus removed the need for the adjusting hand of God; hence the famous remark about God to Napoleon, "Je n'ai pas besoin de cet hypothèse." GET IT HERE & GET ANOTHER

Leopold, Aldo, 1949, A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There. Oxford: Oxford University Press. The sketch or essay entitled "The Land Ethic" is a seminal and prescient poetic visionary statement. When Aldo Leopold was named to the National Wildlife Federation's Conservation Hall of Fame in September, 1965, the Wisconsin State Journal wrote: "Aldo Leopold died in 1948, but he stands tall today, like a giant pine tree, visible from the remote corners of the land and from the concrete racetracks of civilization. His shadow has come to be the conscience of the monster ambition to make a great pinball machine of the world." GET IT HERE

Liedloff, Jean, 1985 revised, The Continuum Concept: In Search of Happiness Lost. Reading, MA: Perseus Books. ISBN 0-201-05071-4 9 (pbk).
On page 143, "In civilized societies, on the other hand, in varying degrees according to their departure from continuum standards, the differences among people are largely expressions of the ways in which they have adapted to the distortions in their personalities caused by the qualities and quantities of deprivation they have experienced. They are often, therefore, antisocial, and the society comes to fear them and with them all other signs of nonconformity in its members. The more anti-continuum the culture, in general, the more pressure is likely to be brought to bear upon the individual to present a façade of conformity to a norm in his public and private conduct. GET IT HERE

Lomborg, Bjørn, 2001, The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Challenges widely held beliefs that the global environment is progressively getting worse. Using statistical information from internationally recognized research institutes, Lomborg systematically examines a range of major environmental issues and documents that the global environment has actually improved. He supports his argument with over 2900 footnotes, allowing readers to check his sources. Critiques and Replies GET IT HERE

Lynch, Aaron, 1996, Thought Contagion : How Belief Spreads Trough Society. The new science of memes called memetics that asks not how people accumulate ideas but how ideas accumulate people. This is how ideas spread through society: not by any rational means but by a process akin to evolution by natural selection. Like a software virus in a computer or a real virus in a community, thought contagions proliferate by effectively programming their own retransmission. GET IT HERE

Malthus, Thomas Robert (1766-1834), 1798, First Essay on Population; 1803, Second Essay on Population. GET IT HERE

Meadows, Donella H., Dennis L. Meadows (contributor), and Joergen Randers (contributor), 1993, Beyond the Limits : Confronting Global Collapse, Envisioning a Sustainable Future. Publisher: Chelsea Green. ISBN 0-930031-62-8 (paperback), ISBN 0-930031-55-5 (hardcover). A study based on computer modeling of a wide variety of resources and consumption but with no information about the model itself. A summary of the basic findings from the book's preface:
"1. Human use of many essential resources and generation of many kinds of pollutants have already surpassed rates that are physically sustainable. Without significant reductions in material and energy flows, there will be in the coming decades an uncontrolled decline in per capita food output, energy use, and industrial production.
"2. This decline is not inevitable. To avoid it, two changes are necessary. The first is a comprehensive revision of policies and practices that perpetuate growth in material consumption and in population. The second is a rapid, drastic increase in the efficiency with which both materials and energy are used.
"3. A sustainable society is still technically and economically possible. It could be much more desirable than a society that tries to solve its problems by constant expansion. The transition to a sustainable society requires a careful balance between long-term and short-term goals and an emphasis on sufficiency, equity, and quality of life, rather than on quantity of output. It requires more than productivity and more than technology; it also requires maturity, compassion, and wisdom." GET IT HERE

Odum, H.T., 1996, Environmental Accounting : Energy and Environmental Decision Making. New York: John Wiley & Sons. GET IT HERE

Picard, Max, 1952 (out of print), The World of Silence, translated by Stanley Godman from Die Welt des Schweigens. Chicago: Henry Regnery Company. Unusual, profound and subtle with occasional sectarian religious allusions that can be bypassed without limitation. A figurative plea against noise pollution in the deepest sense. See the Silence excerpts. GET IT HERE 

Note: "The Power of Silence," Rosa Bellino,, For a Change, August/September 2002.

Preston, Richard, 1994, The Hot Zone : A Terrifying True Story. New York: Anchor Books Doubleday. Back cover: "A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days, 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic "hot" virus. GET IT HERE

Proudhon, Pierre-Joseph,, 1849, Confessions d'un Révoluntionnaire. "To be governed is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-ridden, regulated, penned up, indoctrinated, preached at, checked, appraised, seized, censured, commanded, by beings who have neither title, nor knowledge, nor virtue.  To be governed is to have every operation, every transaction, every movement, noted, registered, counted, rated, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, refused, authorized, endorsed, admonished, prevented, reformed, redressed, corrected."

Quinn, Daniel, 1999, Beyond Civilization, New York: Random House. Tired of dragging stones up the societal pyramid with the other slaves? Walk away. "I can confidently predict that if the world is saved, it will not be because some old minds came up with some new programs. Programs never stop the things they're launched to stop. No program has ever stopped poverty, drug abuse, or crime, and no program ever will stop them. And no program will ever stop us from devastating the world." GET IT HERE

Quinn, Daniel, 1997, My Ishmael : A Sequel. New York: Bantam Books. GET IT HERE

Quinn, Daniel, 1996, The Story of B : An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit. New York: Bantam Books. "Daniel Quinn has written two of the most unnerving and transformative books in recent memory. The first was Ishmael; The Story of B is the other, a compelling 'humantale' that will unglue, stun, shock, and rearrange everything you've learned and assume about Western civilization and our future."—Paul Hawken, author of The Ecology of Commerce. GET IT HERE

Quinn, Daniel, 1994, Providence : The Story of a Fifty-Year Vision Quest. New York: Bantam. "Quinn records his fascinating fifty-year journey to a revolutionary way of seeing the world. His journey takes him from a prophetic midnight childhood dream ... to disenchantment with existing forms of organized religion, and finally to his personal rediscovery of humankind's first and only universal religion. ... A spiritual call to arms to fellow travelers seeking their rightful place in the community of life." GET IT HERE

Quinn, Daniel, 1992, Ishmael , New York: Bantam/Turner, hardback. Page 4: "TEACHER seeks pupil. Must have an earnest desire to save the world. Apply in person." Page 255: "But it should be noted that what is crucial to your survival as a race is not the redistribution of power and wealth within the prison but rather the destruction of the prison itself." Profoundly compelling. Explains why the world has come to be the way it is, and complements Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel which explains how the world has come to be the way it is. GET IT HERE

Rawls, John, 1971, Revised Edition 1999, A Theory of Justice. Belknap Press. From Political Economy : A Comparative Approach by Barry Clark (see listing above), pages 94-95: "John Rawls is a Harvard professor whose book A Theory of Justice (1971) touched off an intensive reexamination of the ethical foundations of political economy. Rawls was responding to an emerging dilemma within Modern Liberalism. Although Modern Liberals has successfully challenged the inviolability of property rights and the supremacy of the free market, they lacked criteria for determining which property rights should be violated and how much redistribution should occur. Without a theory of the public interest or a theory of justice, Modern Liberal governments were operating without principles, making them vulnerable to the pressures of special-interest groups. The political process was in danger of degenerating into a free-for-all in which more aggressive and powerful groups gain benefits from government at the expense of less powerful groups. Faced with this dilemma, Rawls sought to theoretically determine the particular distribution of wealth that would be viewed as fair by all members of society. ... Rawls's notoriety stems from the fact that he is the first Modern Liberal to offer a criterion of distributive justice." GET IT HERE

Schweitzer, Albert, English 1949, 1987, The Philosophy of Civilization, translated by C. T. Campion. Prometheus Books. From back cover: Possessing a social attitude imbued with the spirit of human affirmation and moral conviction, humankind can move forward to achieve progressive goals and find new meaning in life by developing a theory of the universe that has reverence for life as its fundamental feature. For only then will we "arrive at a mental disposition which shall make us really and truly civilized men." GET IT HERE

Stern, David I., "Limits to substitution and irreversibility in production and consumption: A neoclassical interpretation of ecological economics", Ecological Economics (21)3 (1997) pp. 197-215. [search results] for "interpreting ecological economics" keywords. [abstract online] [abstract copy]

Stewart, Daniel Blair, 1999, Tesla : The Modern Sorcerer. Berkeley, CA: Frog, Ltd. This novel of science, intrigue and high finance is in the form of a biography of Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), the practical innovative visionary Serbian engineer and inventor who came to the U.S. and created earth-friendly, life-supporting, sustainable technologies. Discusses the Wardenclyffe Tower that was intended to demonstrate his "world system" of the wireless transmission of power and communications produced by a magnifying transmitter and free energy but was not completed due to termination of financial support. GET IT HERE

Tesla, Nikola collection

Wallace, Robert (1697-1771), 1753, 2nd edition 1969, A Dissertation on the Numbers of Mankind. Augustus M. Kelly Publisher. The Appendix of the 1809 edition contained a 150-page analysis of Hume's essay on the populousness of ancient nations. GET IT HERE

Weil, Andrew, M.D. and Winifred Rosen, 1998 revised and updated, From Chocolate to Morphine : Everything you need to know about mind-altering drugs. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. Written primarily for teenagers by America's wellness doctor and an author of children's books. Truthful information about the pharmacology and history of legal and illegal drugs, presented clearly and nonjudgmentally. The desire to change consciousness, and the use of stimulants to do so, is so common in the ethnographic record that it has to be considered a basic part of the human appetite. For many peoples in many eras and cultures, the so-called spiritual impulse was enhanced by psychoactive chemicals in substances that were ingested or inhaled in a ritualistic ceremony. In modern times, every generation has its drug of choice, and every society legislates consensual crimes to control use of these substances. The term "consensual crimes" is an oxymoron. Laws against consensual crimes, including crimes concerning controlled substances, are symptomatic of an oppressive society. The so-called professionals in every society, usually with false authority based on advanced specialized formal education and credentialism, have a vested interest in enforcing consensual crimes to advance their careers in the education industry, the religion industry, the medical and related industries, the law industry, the political industry, and the finance industry. Alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, and organized religion are the approved self-administered drugs and control mechanisms of U.S. society and other modern cultures, especially those in Western civilization. Nothing is more subversive than a vehicle for a meme that advocates a genuine life-sustaining vision and way of life. GET IT HERE [Also see Erowid Psychoactive Vaults and Ethnobotanicals.]

Wilson, Colin, 1956, The Outsider (paperback). New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons. Back cover: "The seminal work on alienation, creativity, and the modern mind-set. The "Outsider" is an individual engaged in an intense self-exploration—a person who lives at the edge, challenges cultural values, and "stands for Truth." Born into a world without perspective, where others simply drift through life, the Outsider creates his own set of rules and lives them in an unsympathetic environment. ... Wilson explores the psyche of the Outsider, his effect on society, and society's effect on him. Wilson illuminates the struggle of those who seek not only the transformation of Self but also the transformation of society as a whole." GET IT HERE

Wilson, Colin, 1991, Beyond the Outsider (paperback). Carroll and Graf Publisher GET IT HERE

Wilson, Colin, 1986, The Mind Parasites. Moscow, USSR: Raduga. GET IT HERE

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