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Garrett Hardin

Birthdate: 21. April 1915
Date of death: 14. September 2003

Garrett James Hardin was an American ecologist and philosopher who warned of the dangers of overpopulation. His exposition of the tragedy of the commons, in a famous 1968 paper in Science, called attention to "the damage that innocent actions by individuals can inflict on the environment". He is also known for Hardin's First Law of Human Ecology: "We can never do merely one thing. Any intrusion into nature has numerous effects, many of which are unpredictable."

„A finite world can support only a finite population; therefore, population growth must eventually equal zero.“

—  Garrett Hardin

Tragedy of the Commons, 1968.
Tragedy of the Commons (1968)

„The class of "No technical solution problems" has members. My thesis is that the "population problem," as conventionally conceived, is a member of this class.“

—  Garrett Hardin

Tragedy of the Commons ( read on-line http://science.sciencemag.org/content/162/3859/1243.full), 1968.
Tragedy of the Commons (1968)

„Continuity is at the heart of conservatism : ecology serves that heart.“

—  Garrett Hardin

Filters Against Folly (1985)

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