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The Ultimate Resource 2 Paperback – July 1, 1998
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"With a full understanding of the opposition and smears he would encounter, Simon nevertheless wrote The Economics of Population Growth, Population Matters, and his best-known book, The Ultimate Resource. To him, the ultimate resource was human intelligence. We should also add, in honor of Simon, the courage to use that intelligence."--Thomas Sowell, Chicago Sun-Times
"The most powerful challenge to be mounted against the principles of popular environmentalism in the last fifteen years."--The Washington Post Book World
"Compelling and often brilliantly original. . . . [Simon's] economic analysis will leave a lot of readers heavily revising their thinking about the world around them."--Fortune
"The Ultimate Resource is the most powerful challenge to be mounted against the principles of popular environmentalism in the last 15 years. . . . What is most startling is its deep-rooted optimism about the human condition. . . . [A] landmark book."--Washington Post Book World
"The truly delightful aspect of the book is its persistent iconoclasm. Page after page, Simon punctures myths of scarcity and offers instead the counsels of optimism."--The American Spectator
"Julian Simon, an economics professor, systematically, shockingly, irresponsibly explodes each and every foundation of the whole environmental movement. And he does so with so many facts, graphs and examples that it would be a strange person who could walk away from reading this book without his or her faith in the assumptions of the environmental movement being just a little bit shaken up. . . . This is a magnificent book with the power to change minds."--Matt Ridley, The Sunday Telegraph
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Simon, still considered a maverick after thirty years of relentless data-gathering, impeccable empirical work, and well-thought out conclusions, questioned the unquestionable. He maintained that the earth is in good shape by every conceivable measure, and that the environmental situation continues to improve each year. Every index of human happiness - food prices, net income, infant mortality, life expectancy, disease rates - has steadily improved. He documented those claims with reams of data, culminating in his 1996 tour de force The State of Humanity. It is absolutely comprehensive, and contains enough obscure data to make the most jaded Trivial Pursuit fan squirm (if you ever want to read about the average lower-class Brazilian's annual starch intake, look no further).
Constantly vilified by his critics, Simon always had a small and devoted following. He was dubbed 'the Doomslayer' by Wired magazine for his repeated skewering of environmental fanatics and 'Birkenstock Puritans.' Perhaps the most memorable episode happened in 1980. Simon wrote exasperatedly in an article that he was sick and tired of environmentalists' insistence that large-scale natural starvation was right around the corner. He invited them to put their money where their mouths were.Read more ›
A reader, in an earlier review, suggests that Simon's ideas are "ridiculous" (in spite of the fact that he has been proven right, time and time again, and the doomsayers have to come out with new books every few years, adjusting forward their predictions of a doomsday that never comes), and goes on to say some very stupid things about "limits to the food supply." Go read them, then consider--that review, like most doomsayers, admits startling progress in increasing food yields, then assumes that such progress is over, or nearly so (six millennia of agricultural advance to the contrary). Why? In the first hundred pages of this book, Simon details cutting-edge technologies being employed commercially _today_ that could raise worldwide food production by orders of magnitude. But the eco-tastrophe crowd keeps talking about "closed systems," in spite of the fact that every new technological innovation keeps making the "system" effectively larger and larger.
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One of the most important books I've ever read.
Wish the naysayers would read it.
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Hold on to your seat. This book changes your view of the world. For ever. For the better.
There are simply not enough words to praise this epic work by Julian Simon aka the... Read more
What a joy to read! Dr. Simon's work is a much needed viewpoint in today's world. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a non-biased look at the state of our world's... Read morePublished on December 12, 2013 by Dave
A persistent error that the author makes in using his many graphs and figures is to extrapolate mindlessly past trends into the distant future. Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by Dr. Lionel
Julian Simon has always put the hype and hyperbole of our world in perspective and this book is 700+ pages of crisp, accurate data shooting holes in most of the verbal balloons... Read morePublished on July 15, 2013 by E. Cresswell
"The Ultimate Resource" and its updated version "The Ultimate Resource 2" are the most memorable works of a great thinker of our age, whose untimely death in 1998... Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by Doug Erlandson
The Ultimate Resource 2 is an optimistic review of people's ability to come up with solutions to most of the world's problems. Read morePublished on February 7, 2012 by E. J.
This book offers all sorts of information/references that support the different arguments about the scarcity of energy and natural resources. Read morePublished on November 27, 2010 by Thomas Nelson
Simon's bedrock premise was that resources aren't truly finite because you can do fuzzy fractal math and never quite subdivide them to a zero quantity. Read morePublished on November 21, 2010 by AJ CA