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Human Ecology


Human Ecology
The Books of Jared Diamond
Bethany Branch, February 3, 2006
Layne P.

1: a branch of sociology dealing especially with the spatial and temporal interrelationships between humans and their economic, social, and political organization
2: the ecology of human communities and populations especially as concerned with preservation of environmental quality (as of air or water) through proper application of conservation and civil engineering practices 

Malthusian Theorem:
   Named after English economist the Reverend THOMAS ROBERT MALTHUS (1766-1834), who believed that population would increase at a geometric rate and the food supply at an arithmetic rate.
   This disharmony would lead to widespread poverty and starvation which would only be checked by natural occurrences such as disease, high infant mortality, famine, war or moral restraint.
   Malthusian population theory was eventually dismissed for its pessimism and failure to take into account technological advances in agriculture and food production.
   In biology, the theory asserts that the reproductive potential of virtually any organism or SPECIES greatly exceeds the earth’s capacity to support all its possible offspring. Consequently, species diversity is preserved through mechanisms that keep population sizes in check, such as predation.

Subject Heading: 303.4 — Future
Subject Heading: 304.28 — Human Ecology

An Essay on Population
by Thomas Robert Malthus
312 M29e

The Population Bomb
by Paul Ehrlich and Anne Ehrlich
304.6 Ehr

American Indian Holocaust and Survival: A Population History Since 1492
by Russell Thornton
970.1 Tho

A Green History of the World: The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations
by Clive Ponting
304.28 Pon

The Third Chimpanzee
by Jared Diamond
599.938 Dia

Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of Twentieth-Century World
by J.R. McNeill
304.28 McN

One With Nineveh: Politics, Consumption and the Human Future
by Paul Ehrlich
304.28 Ehr

Guns, Germs and Steel
by Jared Diamond
303.4 Dia

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
by Jared Diamond
304.28 Dia