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ERIC Number: ED061052
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Nov
Pages: 33
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Man: Planetary Disease. The 1971 B. Y. Morrison Memorial Lecture.
McHarg, Ian L.
The 1971 B.Y. Morrison Memorial Lecture by Ian L. McHarg, noted landscape architect, planner, and lecturer, is presented in this pamphlet. His expose is two-fold. "Man is an epidemic, multiplying at a superexponential rate, destroying the environment upon which he depends, and threatening his own extinction. He treats the world as a storehouse existing for his delectation; he plunders, rapes, poisons, and kills this living system, the biosphere, in ignorance of its workings and its fundamental value." In contrast, "survival of man is contingent upon categorical rejection of this cultural inferiority complex that is the Western view, and its replacement with the ecological view--man in nature. This reveals the ways of the working world and shows our ignorant interventions as self-mutilation, leading to suicide, genocide, biocide." To determine if man can survive, he concludes with the question, "Are you healthy? If you find any system which is healthy, you have found a system which has been able to find a propitious environment, adapt the environment, and adapt itself . . . The battle is really for survival first, and fulfillment next." (Author/BL)
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Authoring Institution: Agricultural Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.