Garrett James Hardin (April 21, 1915 – September 14, 2003) was a controversial ecologist from Dallas, Texas who was most known for his 1968 paper, The Tragedy of the commons. He is also known for Hardin's First Law of Ecology, which states "You cannot do only one thing." Image File history File links Download high resolution version (575x729, 86 KB) This is a copyrighted promotional photo with a known source. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (575x729, 86 KB) This is a copyrighted promotional photo with a known source. ... April 21 is the 111th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (112th in leap years). ... 1915 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... September 14 is the 257th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (258th in leap years). ... 2003(MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ecology is the branch of science that studies the distribution and abundance of living organisms, and the interactions between organisms and their environment. ... Downtown Dallas City nickname: Big D Location Location in the state of Texas Government Counties Dallas County Collin County Denton County Kaufman County Rockwall County Mayor Laura Miller Physical characteristics Area Land Water 385. ... The tragedy of the commons is a metaphor used to illustrate the conflict between individual interests and the common good. ...
Hardin received a B.S. in zoology from the University of Chicago in 1936 and a PhD in microbiology from Stanford University in 1941. He served as Professor of Human Ecology at the University of California, Santa Barbara from 1963 until his retirement in 1978. Zoology (Greek zoon = animal and logos = word) is the biological discipline which involves the study of animals. ... The University of Chicago is a private co-educational university located in Chicago, Illinois. ... Microbiology (in Greek micron = small and biologia = studying life) is the study of microorganisms, including viruses, prokaryotes and simple eukaryotes. ... For other meanings of Stanford, see Stanford (disambiguation). ... University of California, Santa Barbara The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is a coeducational public university located on the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara County, California. ...
Hardin's last book The Ostrich Factor: Our Population Myopia (1999), a warning about the threat of overpopulation to the Earth's sustainable economic future, called for coercive constraints on "unqualified reproductive rights" and argued that affirmative action is a form of racism. Affirmative action (U.S. English), or positive discrimination (British English), is a policy or a program providing access to systems for people of a minority group who have traditionally been discriminated against, with the aim of creating a more egalitarian society. ...
GarrettHardin was one of the few individuals I've known who greatly exceeded his own expectations of human virtue.
He was the lead, since, as his friends joked, “GarrettHardin plays second fiddle to nobody." The annual recitals at the Hardin’s Santa Barbara home were a festive occasions, not to be missed.
The unique value of Hardin’s “Tragedy of the Commons” resides in his application of this ancient insight to contemporary environmental issues such as population growth, pollution, economic policy and sustainable development.
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