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We live mostly in the illusion of separation in a world stitched together in more ways than we can fathom... Indra's Net and the Midas Touch is a profound meditation on a deeper reality that grounds the conversation about sustainability in a world of paradox, irony, and ultimately hope that lies beyond mere gadgetry. -- David W. Orr, Paul Searls Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, Oberlin College; James Marsh Professor, University of Vermont; author of Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse Drawing expertly on ecology and ethics, economics and politics, and more, in Indra's Net and the Midas Touch Leslie Paul Thiele crafts moral principles for sustainable living. The goal, Thiele argues, is not to be better technologists or better consumers or better managers, nor to find 'the solution.' It is to constantly adapt and thrive, individually and collectively, in one's place in this interdependent, dynamic world. -- Thomas Princen, author of Treading Softly and The Logic of Sufficiency Well-written, illuminating, and erudite, this book demonstrates a breadth of sound interdisciplinary scholarship that explores themes of interdependence and unintended consequences. Its originality lies primarily in the connections it allows the reader to observe across diverse fields. -- John M. Meyer, Department of Politics, Humboldt State University; coeditor of The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice and author of Political Nature Leslie Paul Thiele demonstrates why humanity is on an unsustainable path, but his book also explains the sort of thinking that can help us to become more resilient. He takes concepts rooted in the hard sciences and re-situates them in social science and humanities theories to clearly explain two significant points. First, that sustainability, either as a concept or a prescription, is not monolithic and, secondly, that the world is more complex and surprising than we think. -- Amy L. Lovecraft, Department of Political Science, University of Alaska Fairbanks It is in some ways a state-of-the-planet report, of which there are many, but Indra's Net and the Midas Touch also does quite a lot more. It offers a way of thinking that might serve to chart a route into a safe and happy future. -- Jules Pretty, Times Higher Education

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Leslie Paul Thiele is Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Director of Sustainability Studies at the University of Florida. He is the author of Environmentalism for a New Millennium: The Challenge of Coevolution and other books.

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"We live mostly in the illusion of separation in a world stitched together in more ways than we can fathom... Indra's Net and the Midas Touch is a profound meditation on a deeper reality that grounds the conversation about sustainability in a world of paradox, irony, and ultimately hope that lies beyond mere gadgetry." -- David W. Orr, Paul Searls Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, Oberlin College; James Marsh Professor, University of Vermont; author of Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse "Drawing expertly on ecology and ethics, economics and politics, and more, in Indra's Net and the Midas Touch Leslie Paul Thiele crafts moral principles for sustainable living. The goal, Thiele argues, is not to be better technologists or better consumers or better managers, nor to find 'the solution.' It is to constantly adapt and thrive, individually and collectively, in one's place in this interdependent, dynamic world." -- Thomas Princen, author of Treading Softly and The Logic of Sufficiency "Well-written, illuminating, and erudite, this book demonstrates a breadth of sound interdisciplinary scholarship that explores themes of interdependence and unintended consequences. Its originality lies primarily in the connections it allows the reader to observe across diverse fields." -- John M. Meyer, Department of Politics, Humboldt State University; coeditor of The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice and author of Political Nature "Leslie Paul Thiele demonstrates why humanity is on an unsustainable path, but his book also explains the sort of thinking that can help us to become more resilient. He takes concepts rooted in the hard sciences and re-situates them in social science and humanities theories to clearly explain two significant points. First, that sustainability, either as a concept or a prescription, is not monolithic and, secondly, that the world is more complex and surprising than we think." -- Amy L. Lovecraft, Department of Political Science, University of Alaska Fairbanks "It is in some ways a state-of-the-planet report, of which there are many, but Indra's Net and the Midas Touch also does quite a lot more. It offers a way of thinking that might serve to chart a route into a safe and happy future." -- Jules Pretty, Times Higher Education

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