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Commentary: Can Irrupting Man Remain Human?
William R. Catton, Jr.
Vol. 26, No. 4 (Apr., 1976), pp. 262-267
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1297349
Page Count: 6
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Industrial societies require rapid use of temporary carrying capacity, which seemed limitless to a "culture of exuberance." Several instances of human population crash show what must follow. The social sciences, essentially ecological, provide various indications that social degradation is a probable consequence. Understanding crash as a natural process may curb dehumanization.
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