The wilderness illusion and environmental realism
Volume 31, No.1, Winter 2013
The connection between the fields of economics and ecology is as old as the disciplines themselves. When Charles Darwin sought to understand the spontaneous order that emerged through the interaction of species, he read Adam Smith. Both of these intellectual pioneers focused on feedback mechanisms and the dynamic processes of nature and markets.
What can we learn from reconciling economics and ecology? To address this question, PERC hosted 24 leading authorities spanning a variety of disciplines. Participants included authors Charles Mann, Matt Ridley, and Emma Marris; ecologist Daniel Botkin; archaeologists Carl Lipo and Terry Hunt; among others. The idea behind this merger was to reunite the two fields to explore a better approach to deal with today’s environmental challenges. This edition of PERC Reports further investigates this topic.