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The Cornucopian Thesis theorizes that growth is limited only when science and technology do not make any further advances. However, there is no reason why these advances should stop. As long as we have these advances, the earth is not finite, because new technologies create new resources.

Many opponents consider the Cornucopian ideal to be Utopian, where many supporters consider it to be a Holy Grail.

Compare this with the Cartesian Dualism belief that the economy can always grow in an ecologically unsustainable manner.

  • The Cornucopian Fallacies – Lindsey Grant (1992) – Here Lindsey Grant endeavors to rebut “the argument that humankind should not pursue an optimum population, or that bigger is better, more or less forever.
  • Perilous Optimism – Ernest Partridge, University of California, Riverside
  • “Celebrating Florida’s Natural Heritage” – by Brian Kermath (The Native Landscape Project At Stetson University) – “biodiversity matters” – Although there is a seductive logic to the cornucopian thesis that stems from the adage “necessity is the mother of invention,” I view it skeptically for two basic reasons. First, while it is possible for new, problem-solving technologies to be developed, we cannot be certain that they will arrive in time to fix disasters of the magnitude we may see in the future. […]

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