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Lean Logic

Confronting Limits to Growth

Economics and Culture in a Post-Growth World

Goals of economic growth often go unquestioned in mainstream economic theory and in platforms across the political spectrum. But the books below argue compellingly that unlimited growth on a finite planet is impossible long-term. Many contemporary ecological, economic, and political crises indicate that the industrial growth economy is hitting hard limits.

The Gift of Nothing

Priceless Gifts

Picture Books That Counter Consumer Culture

Parenting amidst a commercial culture can be stressful, especially if you value imaginative play, frugality, ecological awareness, and the development of empathy.

Energy of Slaves

The Fossil Fuel Age and After

If a future historian were to map out the great expanse of human history over thousands of years, the fossil fuel age will have occupied a relatively small blip of time. During just several hundred years, humans will have squandered much of the fossil fuels formed over half a billion years. Yet, however brief this era we currently live in will be, many of us consider its way of life to be normal.

Proust and the Squid

The Reading Brain

...and How Digital Media Is Rewiring It

How is your experience reading these words different than if you were reading them on paper? In what ways does the printed word—and in particular, book reading—alter the mind and human culture? How is digital media rewiring the brain and changing the way we think, imagine, and experience life? These are the kinds of questions the books below explore through perspectives from neuroscience, history, linguistics, media studies, literature, and personal stories.

Free to Learn

Let the Children Play

Books That Explore the Importance of Play

In an age when increased amounts of academic work, standardized tests, adult-organized activities, and passive entertainment dominate children's lives, is there much time left to play? Drawing on evidence from anthropology, psychology, biology, neuroscience, and personal stories, the books below explore the nature of play and why it is essential.