The failure to achieve sustainability may be in our genes

  title={The failure to achieve sustainability may be in our genes},
  author={Marc E. Pratarelli},
  journal={Global Bioethics},
  pages={61 - 75}
  • M. Pratarelli
  • Published 27 September 2016
  • Sociology
  • Global Bioethics
ABSTRACT Belief in human exceptionalism—the idea that humans are not bound by the same evolutionary constraints and biophysical limitations as other organisms—is rampant in society. To ignore human nature in favor of such a constructivist perspective is foolhardy because it compromises prospects for achieving sustainability. Human activity already exceeds Earth's long-term carrying-capacity, yet many governments and ordinary citizens alike are focused on fostering a new round of material growth… 
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