The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus

The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus

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The beloved explorer Jacques Cousteau witnessed firsthand the complexity and beauty of life on earth and undersea-and watched the toll taken by human activity in the twentieth century. In this magnificent last book, now available for the first time in the United States, Cousteau describes his deeply informed philosophy about protecting our world for future generations. Weaving gripping stories of his adventures throughout, he and coauthor Susan Schiefelbein address the risks we take with human health, the overfishing and sacking of the world's oceans, the hazards of nuclear proliferation, and the environmental responsibility of scientists, politicians, and people of faith. This prescient, clear-sighted book is a remarkable testament to the life and work of one of our greatest modern adventurers.How can anyonea€” mathematician, statistician, statesmana€”ever succeed in providing a number to represent intangibles like good health, peace of mind, joy, or the anguish of disease, premature death, loss of a parent, spouse, child? Risk statisticians have unfortunately met this challenge by proceeding ... Many of us are scandalized by lands that compensate a murder by assigning a legal a€œprice of blooda€ according to social status. Ironically, supposedly civilized countries routinelyanbsp;...

Title:The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus
Author:Jacques Cousteau, Susan Schiefelbein
Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing USA - 2010-08-10


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