Next Tuesday (20 September), Cafe regular Richard Jones will examine the relationship between economics and ecology, as contrasting – and perhaps conflicting – ways of seeing the world.
It is often suggested that economics takes for granted the existence of natural resources, and concerns itself merely with how to transform them efficiently into goods and services, in order to satisfy pre-existing consumer demands. Ecology, on the other hand, appears to be more concerned with the study and preservation of the natural world, as something which economic activity tends to destroy.
Are economics and ecology inevitably conflicting ways of seeing the world, or can they be integrated together?
As usual, we begin at 8.00 pm in the Cafe Bar at the Gate.