The Original Accident

The Original Accident


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The future once promised the certainty of a better life for all but now it is full of uncertainty, danger and fear. Our lives are surrounded by the threats, imaginary or real, posed by terrorist outrages, natural catastrophes and disasters of all kinds. The future is overshadowed by the nightmare of an outmoded humanity overwhelmed by a catastrophe of its own making, a kind of catastrophic grand finale that would mirror the original accident - the Big Bang - that some scientists believe created the universe.

A biting meditation on Progress technoscientific progress, at any cost and without any limits this book defines the ways in which postindustrial science has merged with out-and-out hyperterrorism to threaten the foundations of Greco-Roman, Judeo-Christian civilization, and the future of the planet with them, through innovation of mass catastrophes that are part and parcel of its panoply of inventions.

Urging us to face up to the consequences of our brave-new-world technologies, Virilio calls for the creation of a Museum of the Accident to fight our habituation to horror and violence, and our daily overexposure to terror, in the name, not of some preventive war, but of a preventive intelligence that would help us deal with both natural and artificial disasters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780745636146
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 02/28/2007
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.48(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.35(d)

About the Author

Paul Virilio, The European Graduate School

Table of Contents

Part I
Caution     3
The Invention of Accidents     9
The Accident Argument     15
The Accident Museum     23
The Future of the Accident     31
The Expectation Horizon     38
Unknown Quantity     47
Part II
Public Emotion     57
The Original Accident     70
The Dromosphere     83
Notes     102
Bibliography     109
Index     112

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