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A Critical Review – “Clock of the Long Now” by Stewart Brand

A Critical Review – “Clock of the Long Now” by Stewart Brand

Now is shorter; soon comes swifter; and the past marches closer to the present. This is the theme of Stewart Brand’s manifesto “Clock of the Long Now: Time and Responsibility, the Ideas Behind the World’s Slowest Computer”. He brilliantly makes the case that the human perception of time has become excruciatingly limited and focused, and [...]

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Waste Land

Waste Land

What happens in the world’s largest trash city will transform you.

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A Short History of Progress

A Short History of Progress

Ronald Wright
Each time history repeats itself, the cost goes up. The twentieth century—a time of unprecedented progress—has produced a tremendous strain on the very elements that comprise life itself: This raises the key question of the twenty-first century: How much longer can this go on?

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In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

Michael Pollen
What to eat, what not to eat, and how to think about health: a manifesto for our times. “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” These simple words go to the heart of Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food, the well-considered answers he provides to the questions posed in the bestselling The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

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Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape, widened the chasm between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelled American cultural imperialism abroad. That’s a lengthy list of charges, but Eric Schlosser makes them stick with an artful mix of first-rate reportage, wry wit, and careful reasoning.

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Clock Of The Long Now: Time And Responsibility

Clock Of The Long Now: Time And Responsibility

by Stewart Brand
Now is shorter; soon comes swifter; and the past marches closer to the present.

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Food, Inc. (2008)

Food, Inc. (2008)

An unflattering look inside America’s corporate controlled food industry. Documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner uses reports by Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser and In Defense of Food author Michael Pollan as a springboard to exploring where the food we purchase at the grocery store really comes from, and what it means for the health of future generations.

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Stumbling on Happiness

Stumbling on Happiness

Daniel Gilbert
In this brilliant, witty, and accessible book, renowned Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert describes the foibles of imagination and illusions of foresight that cause each of us to misconceive our tomorrows and misestimate our satisfactions.

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Thinking, Fast and Slow

Thinking, Fast and Slow

by Daniel Kahneman
In the highly anticipated Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and [...]

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Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness

by Richard Thaler and Prof. Cass Sunstein
Every day, we make decisions on topics ranging from personal investments to schools for our children to the meals we eat to the causes we champion. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. The reason […]

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The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality

The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality

by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Gallileo, Copernicus, Newton, Niels Bohr, Einstein. Their insights shook our perception of who we are and where we stand in the world and in their wake have left an uneasy co-existence: science vs. religion, faith vs. empirical enquiry. Which is the keeper of truth? Which is the true path to understanding reality?

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The Ecology of Wisdom: Writings by Arne Naess

The Ecology of Wisdom: Writings by Arne Naess

Arne Naess, Alan Drengson and Bill Devall
Modern environmentalism owes a great debt to philosopher, professor, and writer Arne Naess, cofounder of the Deep Ecology movement. Here, editors Alan Drengson and Bill Devall provide a comprehensive yet accessible volume of Naess’s most groundbreaking and seminal essays, which have remained influential among environmentalists to this day.

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Consciousness: An Introduction

Consciousness: An Introduction

Susan Blackmore
Consciousness: An Introduction, Second Edition examines such topics as how subjective experiences arise from objective brain processes, the basic neuroscience and neuropathology of consciousness, altered states of consciousness, mystical experiences and dreams, and the effects of drugs and meditation.

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Experiments in Ethics

Experiments in Ethics

Kwame Anthony Appiah
Imagine that you are standing next to a railway track and you see a runaway trolley, with nobody on board, heading toward a group of five people down the track. The only way to save these people is to throw a switch that will divert the train to another track.

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Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

Neil Postman
Originally published in 1985, Neil Postman’s groundbreaking polemic about the corrosive effects of television on our politics and public discourse has been hailed as a twenty-first-century book published in the twentieth century. Now, with television joined by more sophisticated electronic media [...]

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