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In the closing years of the twentieth century, many scientists, politicians, economists, and journalists are pointing out the inevitable dangers of humanity's current trajectory and calling our world culture unsustainable. But most of their visions of doom are based on a single area of expertise - pollution, population, deforestation, energy depletion, or various other threats from unbridled technology. They do not reflect the big picture, which may be far less bleak than they propose. Ervin Laszlo, a ...
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In the closing years of the twentieth century, many scientists, politicians, economists, and journalists are pointing out the inevitable dangers of humanity's current trajectory and calling our world culture unsustainable. But most of their visions of doom are based on a single area of expertise - pollution, population, deforestation, energy depletion, or various other threats from unbridled technology. They do not reflect the big picture, which may be far less bleak than they propose. Ervin Laszlo, a long-standing member of the Club of Rome and an internationally renowned expert on global trends, sees opportunities even amid the dark news. With a background in science, economics, philosophy, and art, he ties diverse issues into a grand vision he calls the Fifth Wave - the complex interaction of trends that has led us to unprecedented "global stress." By exploring the underlying causes of the Fifth Wave, readers will gain a deeper perspective on daily headlines and a new hope for alternative directions for humanity. Dr. Laszlo describes the era in which we live as the "Grand Transition," a time when classical assumptions have collapsed. The world is much more complex and the problems that surround us more difficult to understand, let alone solve, than ever before. But, he says, if we alter our perceptions of environmental, colonial, and social issues, we can still intervene successfully to resolve crucial global crises. Dr. Laszlo gives specific recommendations for this renewed perception in the areas of education, communication, and information-gathering to help us navigate the turbulent waters of the twenty-first century. And most important, he shares signs of hope for the future: value changes in society, a green trend in politics, shifts in corporate culture, a paradigm shift in science, and the reinvigoration of spiritual life are all contributing to our ultimate evolution, not extinction. Caught between fruitless despair and seemingly naive hope, thinking
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
While recognizing the unsustainability of our present industrialized society, Laszlo, an adviser to UNESCO Director-General Federico Mayor, does not accept as inevitable the world's termination. To assure the continuing evolution of the earth, including humankind, he calls for new perceptions of our relations with our environment. Laszlo asserts that at the end of the 20th century, we are advancing from nationally based industrial societies and ``heading toward the interconnected, information-based, global socioeconomic system.'' Thus we have reached a ``grand transition'' driven by globalization and ``informatization.'' He suggests roles that various elements of society must play--government (a reformed and refinanced UN), business, science, the arts, education and religion, and individuals--to assure the survival of the planet. His concepts and solutions are not notably original. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Aug.)
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YA-A full explanation of the ecological crisis the planet is in, how it got there, and what solutions are currently available, all in an easy-to-read format. There is also an interesting section on the informational (especially computer) explosion. Laszlo's prescription for the protection of the environment involves cooperation on every level, and he proposes a plan for world-level governance of the oceans, atmosphere, outer space, and polar regions. Even students who do not have a strong background in science will appreciate the succinct information found here.-Ginny Ryder, Lee High School, Fairfax County, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874777536
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/21/1994
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 5.74 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I The Threat to Survival 5
1 Where We Are Headed: The Grand Transition 7
2 Where We Are Headed: The Shock Waves 29
3 A Short Catalogue of Obsolete Beliefs and Misguided Practices 68
Pt. II The Imperatives of Perception 87
4 Acquiring Evolutionary Literacy 89
5 Thriving With Cultural Diversity 100
6 Catalyzing Social Creativity 111
Pt. III The Imperatives of Action 119
7 The Citizens' Guide to Life on a Small Planet 121
8 The Priorities of Human Development 141
9 An Agenda for World Order 158
Pt. IV The Outlook 177
10 Signs of Hope 179
11 The Evolutionary Future 194
Afterword 199
Selected Writings on Evolution and Society 203
Index 211
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