Progress report – publication by Harper Collins?

There’s a fighting chance Junglenomics will be published by Harper Collins! I first met the big white chief there, Myles Archibald, over 2 years ago and he was supportive and helpful, but critical of its structure. The problem was that the book had been so long in the writing that it had been rather stitched together ad hoc over the years, and as a result had failed to gell. His advice led to rather more than the ‘cutting and pasting’ that he recommended – in fact to a complete re-write that took 2 and a half years! (But what’s that compared to the 20 years it had taken to then?)

I removed a large chunk of the early part of the book exploring the colonising hypothesis as I decided that was best produced afterwards as a ‘prequel’ for those interested in the scientific and mathematical evidence for my ‘colonisation theory’ (to be called The Engine of Evolution). Instead I abbreviated this into a section of the introduction. Meanwhile I updated the rest and expanded the applications for Ecosynomics to include amongst other things a new chapter on the oceans.

I went back to see Myles last month in HC’s posh new offices at the top of the Press Building at no. 1 London Bridge – in the shadow of the Shard. He was very complimentary on my efforts and talked openly of there being a gap in the market for this, and, subject to certain fairly minor modifications, HC could well be interested in taking it on. In the meantime they need to do some ‘number crunching’ (they are a business, so naturally it’s all about profitability).

So here I am in limbo at the edge of launching into my lifetime ambition to make a positive contribution to bringing an end to environmental destruction. My nails are bitten to the quick (metaphorically) and every day for 4 weeks now I have been scanning my emails, heart in mouth.

I will of course post the result. In the meantime I’m working hard on the suggested adjustments (apparently these are only at the start – the main body of the book is ready for their editors).

More soon.

Author: ecosystemiceconomics

Simon Lamb

Simon Lamb was born in 1951 and studied economics, maths, languages and art at Wellington College. He began his working career in finance, but an overriding passion for landscape, nature, archaeology, and science persuaded him to return to his childhood stamping ground in Dorset. He is at heart a countryman, and runs a successful art gallery, and small sheep farm for enjoyment.

Simon has always been intrigued by the big questions of evolution, nature and human nature. Like his idol Charles Darwin, a fellow amateur in the great British tradition, he has not always been satisfied with conventional explanations. Through an extraordinary maritime adventure, Darwin allowed free rein to his instincts and imagination concerning the observable workings of nature, unrestrained by the orthodoxy of his day. Simon set out on a similarly unorthodox trail.

The catalyst for his voyage of discovery was an overpowering sense that Darwin’s theory was incomplete, that an essential element had been missed – the ‘dark matter’ of evolution. He came to realise that this also underlies our most serious contemporary malaise – the relentless destruction of nature by economic forces. Specifically, he sought answers to two big unanswered questions: why do we continue to destroy our environment despite our best efforts not to, and, how can we prevent ourselves continuing to do so over the long term in a systematic, science-based manner.

His journey brought him to the writings of Dawkins, Lewin, Morgan, Attenborough, Leakey, Gould, Wills, Wilson, Sacks, Jones, West-Eberhard, Rattray-Taylor, Sahlins and many others, and he developed a unique and revealing perspective on the conflicts of the human-planetary interface. His fascination with the universal drive of living organisms to colonise emerged from these studies. His second pivotal thesis – that economies are really virtual ecosystems, obeying natural laws – developed from related archaeological and anthropological studies. Guided by reviews from Dylan Evans MA, Dr Natalie Uomini and Professor Nick Hanley, and aided by the writings of Keynes, Hyeck, Hawkin & Lovins, Hanley, Shogren, White and others, he offers a dynamic new concept which he has called ‘Ecosystemic Economics’ – the management of economic systems as natural phenomena.

In his book, Junglenomics, Simon Lamb provides a fresh, exciting and profoundly new perspective on our economic world, on the underlying natural and anthropological reasons behind our environmental failings, and an invaluable guide on how to use this knowledge to manage our threatened planet for the long term future. It makes essential reading for those interested or involved in conservation, evolution, anthropology and economics, and especially so for those upon whose future decisions the world environment relies.

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