The Third Curve

The End of Growth. As we know it!

The Modern Industrial World stands at a crucial and unavoidable turning point.  The sacrosanct paradigm of modern economics, namely perpetual growth,  is in the process of ending. Our economic growth model makes a simple yet amazingly unreasonable assumption that we have limitless resources and energy on a finite planet.

This assumption appeared to hold true for the last 150 years – the first half of oil reserves. But now we are about to begin the second half of the story of oil. This half-way point of oil is an unprecedented point in history and is called Peak Oil. Peak Oil is not an ideology but an aspect of geology – the point of maximum oil extraction from the earth. And as this is the peak, the only way forward is down.

This geological limit is what defines what will be economically possible in the future starting right now. The global economic collapse of 2008 was the advent of this turning point because past the peak we get only less oil.  Therefore less industrial and economic growth. This spells doom to the religion of perpetual economic growth.

Therefore this book  is NOT directly about morality,  justice, equity, environmental consciousness and other noble human values. It is about the head-on collision between:

  • Our total acceptance of an infinite economic growth model which is not possible.

AND

  • Our total denial of the finiteness of the earth which is evident.
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The Third Curve book release date is slated for sometime in June 2013.

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The Third Curve book release date is slated for sometime in June 2013.

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The Third Curve book release date is slated for sometime in June 2013.

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"Khan lucidly presents the counterpoint to the ideas of perpetual growth: a keen penetrative look at the state of our natural resources and the laws of energy that govern our hopes and plans for the future. The Third Curve offers an original argument, intricately researched and vividly presented. While not everyone will agree with his conclusions, Khan offers a valuable blueprint of insights for policy-makers and decision-makers who might want to consider his view of the pitfalls and consequences of exponential growth. Densely argued but engaging, The Third Curve marks an intriguing debut."

Shashi Tharoor - Author, Diplomat, Human rights activist and Minister of State for HRD.

" Yet another masterpiece from Mansoor Khan. A clear, sharp articulation of the insanity and absurdity of the economic assumption that we can have perpetual, limitless growth on a planet with ecological limits. Peak oil, climate chaos, the food crisis, the financial crisis are different aspects of interconnected crises triggered by an obsolete paradigm. We need a new paradigm based on the ecological reality of the planet. And Mansoor Khan's new book is vital reading for anyone wanting to participate in evolving a new paradigm ."

Vandana Shiva - Author & Environmental Activist.

“The Third Curve points to the need for business and finance to get real to avoid future collapses that are  inevitable if we move on growth paths that do not recognize resource finiteness and the fragility of ecosystems .“

Dr. Maria Ligia Noronha - Executive Director (Research Coordination), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi.

"This is a timely jolt for people of the world and helps them to face various facets of an illusion that our society has created in the process of a material driven and energy, resource intensive growth path."
Anandajit Goswami - Coordinator - TERI Africa

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About Me.

I studied computer science at IIT Mumbai, Cornell University, and M.I.T, Boston and then moved onto making four feature films. My first was Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak that launched Aamir who is also my cousin. But my pet film was Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander that I made next. The theme of a boy who is a slacker and has to learn responsibility closely mirrored my life.

In 2003, I finally escaped the clutches of the city and moved to Coonoor, to realize my life’s vision of shaping an organic farm that was self-supporting and local. One year later my wife and children joined me in Coonoor. And we shaped Acres Wild into a cheesemaking, farmstay that allows our guests to experience a close-to nature experience. Spread over 22 acres, Acres Wild is now a key landmark in Coonoor town.

The Third Curve is the outcome of my observation and inner understanding of the innate unsustainability that is built into our modern industrial world. It examines the stark and unbridgeable disparity between the compulsions of economic growth and the limits imposed on us by Nature. Questioning the efficacy of the modern Industrial World, the Third Curve unfolds truths that Civilization might perforce have to accept not merely as a possibility but as a way of life.

I have delivered lectures on various aspects of the Third Curve at institutions like Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, The Energy & Resource Institute (TERI), New Delhi, and The Foreign Services Institute, New Delhi.