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A short history of progress

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This edition was published in by House of Anansi Press in Toronto.

Written in English

211 pages

Palaeolithic hunters who learnt how to kill two mammoths instead of one had made progress. Those who learnt how to kill 200 by driving a whole herd over a cliff had made too much. Many of the great ruins that grace the deserts and jungles of the earth are monuments to progress traps, the headstones of civilisations which fell victim to their own success. The twentieth-century´s runaway growth has placed a murderous burden on the planet. A Short History of Progress argues that this modern predicament is as old as civilisation. Only by understanding the patterns of progress and disaster that humanity has repeated since the Stone Age can we recognise the inherent dangers, and, with luck, and wisdom, shape its outcome.

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Palaeolithic hunters who learnt how to kill two mammoths instead of one had made progress. Those who learnt how to kill 200 by driving a whole herd over a cliff had made too much. Many of the great ruins that grace the deserts and jungles of the earth are monuments to progress traps, the headstones of civilisations which fell victim to their own success. The twentieth-century´s runaway growth has placed a murderous burden on the planet. A Short History of Progress argues that this modern predicament is as old as civilisation. Only by understanding the patterns of progress and disaster that humanity has repeated since the Stone Age can we recognise the inherent dangers, and, with luck, and wisdom, shape its outcome.

A short history of progress

This edition was published in by House of Anansi Press in Toronto.


Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-199) and index.

Series
CBC Massey lectures series, Massey lectures series.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
909
Library of Congress
CB69 .W75 2004, CB69.W75 2004

The Physical Object

Pagination
211 p. ;
Number of pages
211

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL3378790M
Internet Archive
shorthistoryofpr0000wrig
ISBN 10
0887847064
LC Control Number
2004484837
Library Thing
17400
Goodreads
973957

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