“What do human bodies, carboniferous forests, Canadian lynx societies and economic systems have in common? A tendency to self-destruct.”
What are the ultimate causes of the self-destructive behaviour of individuals, species and societies? The author’s conclusion is astonishing: the principles that drive the self-destructiveness of these systems are the same – evolution and the tragedy of the commons.
The fact that the biosphere is full of examples of successful avoidance of overconsumption and senescence led to an idea: can we apply these success stories to our own species?
Linking cell biology, ecology, natural and cultural sciences through fascinating examples originating in science and real life, The Matter of Death and Life seeks answers to the mysteries of both. It suggests a completely new way to tackle environmental and evolutionary problems.
Kontext Agency Rita G Karlsson
“Katajavuori weaves numerous exhilarating and stunning connections between humans, animals and plants… The huge amount of information that The Matter of Death and Life includes is wrapped up into a compelling popular science book, spiced with dark humour.”– Helsingin Sanomat newspaper
Maria Katajavuori is an ecologist currently studying ecosystems across the taiga and tundra.