Notes on Garrett Hardin's Tragedy of the Commons Reading

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Notes on the Tragedy of the Commons Reading by Garrett Hardin - The population problem has no technical solution; it requires a fundamental extension in morality. - A technical solution may be defined as one that requires a change only in the techniques of the natural sciences, demanding little or nothing in the way of change in human values or ideas of morality. - Author believes that the answer to solve the problem of over-population on Earth cannot be solved in a technological way (such as developing new strains of wheat or finding a new and abundant energy source). - We live in a finite world and thus we must achieve a finite population where population growth eventually equals zero. When this condition is met, he doesn’t believe that Bentham’s goal of “the greatest good for the greatest number” will happen (since it is mathematically impossible to maximize for two or more variables at the same time and because maximizing the population will not result in the maximization of goods since we would have to give up a lot of activities we currently partake in). - The author makes reference to Adam Smith who came up with the term “invisible hand”. This term basically meant that decisions made by individuals will be the best decisions for an entire society. The author believes this could be possible, but unlikely – thus we must re-examine our
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This note was uploaded on 03/07/2012 for the course ENVIRONMEN 102 taught by Professor Weber during the Spring '12 term at Waterloo.

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