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Anyone who believes in infinite growth on a finite planet is either mad or an economist. David Attenborough, English broadcaster and naturalist (b. 1926). More homepage quotes

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Guest: Wonderkin (1264 days ago)

Fundamental to econmics is the concept of scarcity. Infinite growth is not possible in economics. Attenborough is out of his element on this one. (Why is it that people with great talent in one field think they are expert in all?)

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Fundamental to econmics is the concept of scarcity. Infinite growth is not possible in economics. Attenborough is out of his element on this one. (Why is it that people with great talent in one field think they are expert in all?)

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Attenborough was actually quoting Kenneth Boulding (an economist). Go figure.

Nevertheless, the bit missed by Boreme, but not by Attenborough or Boulding was the caveat "in anything physical". Despite what the half-baked musings of pseudo-economists might suggest, infinite growth (by which they probably mean "tending towards" infinity or "will eventually surpass any figure"), is perfectly possible for most metrcis of utility.

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Attenborough was actually quoting Kenneth Boulding (an economist). Go figure.

Nevertheless, the bit missed by Boreme, but not by Attenborough or Boulding was the caveat "in anything physical". Despite what the half-baked musings of pseudo-economists might suggest, infinite growth (by which they probably mean "tending towards" infinity or "will eventually surpass any figure"), is perfectly possible for most metrcis of utility.

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