Our Final Century

Our Final Century

Author: Martin J. Rees

Publisher: Cornerstone

ISBN: 0099436868

Category: Disasters

Page: 228

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It Matters That One Should Understand The Provenance Of This Important And Disturbing Book.It Is Not Another Futurological Diatribe Saying That The End Is Nigh, But A Lucid, Calm, Profoundly Well-Informed Work By A Distinguished Scientist, Whose Humanity Evidenced By A Serious Ethical Commitment And A Quiet Sense Of Humour- Balances The Dispassionate Logic With Which He Surveys His Subject: The Multitude Of Threats Facing Humanity In The Twenty-First Century From Error And Terror In The Nuclear, Biological And Environmental Spheres. Literary Review

Our Final Century

Our Final Century

Author: Martin J. Rees

Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books

ISBN: UOM:39015056904744

Category: Disasters

Page: 248

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Our planet may be insignificant on a cosmic scale, but the evolution of intelligent life here makes it unusual, it is likely to be unique in our galaxy. Yet we may be on the verge of destroying it, of destroying ourselves - over the next century the future of life in the cosmos could be either jeopardised - or safeguarded for perpetuity.Exploring the threats of genetically engineered viruses, nanotechnology, and environmental catastrophe, Martin Rees demonstrates the risks we are taking, as well as the great difficulties of limiting them. Doomsday scenarios are familiar to us all, but rarely are they presented with such authority and knowledge as in this book.

Our Final Hour

Our Final Hour

Author: Martin Rees

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465068634

Category: Science

Page: 240

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Bolstered by unassailable science and delivered in eloquent style, Our Final Hour's provocative argument that humanity has a mere 5050 chance of surviving the next century has struck a chord with readers, reviewers, and opinion-makers everywhere. Rees's vision of our immediate future is both a work of stunning scientific originality and a humanistic clarion call on behalf of the future of life.

Bookseller of the Last Century

Bookseller of the Last Century

Author: Charles Welsh

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108012799

Category: History

Page: 406

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Charles Welsh's 1885 account of John Newbery, the pioneering publisher of children's books and the founder of various newspapers.

Trajectory of the 21st Century

Trajectory of the 21st Century

Author: Lawrence J. Terlizzese

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725244627

Category: Religion

Page: 226

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Trajectory of the Twenty-first Century explores what many prophets of the twentieth century, such as Oswald Spengler, Paul Tillich, Aldous Huxley, Jacques Ellul, and others, have predicted would transpire in the current century. Their vision included an out-of-control technological system and a return to religious sentiment that will ultimately undermine the system to which it is reacting. This book aims to accurately present their positions and draw certain logical conclusions from them that pertain to the course of history in our time. The book's theme argues that modernity is a secularized version of millennial Christianity, which reaches its fullest development in the twenty-first century and will regress into what Russian philosopher Nicholas Berdyaev called "the new Middle Ages" or a new religious period. This will mean the twilight of modern technological society, as its values of rationalism give way to a postrationalist society. Ironically, decline will come through further technological advance. Omnicide threatens through religious world war driven by transcendent values and modern weaponry. Jihadist thinking and posthumanist technology both establish the omnicidal mentatlity. New technologies such as genetic engineering and artificial intelligence created under millennial inspiration to reach for immortality could potentially bring an end to the human species either through a slow, steady obsolescence or through environmental catastrophe. The titanic forces of technological progress and regress are on a direct collision course in the twenty-first century.

World Population & Human Capital in the Twenty-First Century

World Population & Human Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Author: Wolfgang Lutz

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192542847

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 680

View: 186

Condensed into a detailed analysis and a selection of continent-wide datasets, this revised edition of World Population & Human Capital in the Twenty-First Century addresses the role of educational attainment in global population trends and models. Presenting the full chapter text of the original edition alongside a concise selection of data, it summarizes past trends in fertility, mortality, migration, and education, and examines relevant theories to identify key determining factors. Deriving from a global survey of hundreds of experts and five expert meetings on as many continents, World Population & Human Capital in the Twenty-First Century: An Overview emphasizes alternative trends in human capital, new ways of studying ageing and the quantification of alternative population, and education pathways in the context of global sustainable development. It is an ideal companion to the county specific online Wittgenstein Centre Data Explorer.

The Endings Trilogy - An American Saga of the Last Century

The Endings Trilogy - An American Saga of the Last Century

Author: James Elliott McCall

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 9781387356546

Category: Fiction

Page: 2054

View: 520

Mark Bowman's 1950s childhood in segregated Texas is found in 'Last Dance of 'Jim Crow'. As Malibu, his story continues through the California drug culture in 'California Sixties - Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll'. By the seventies NIS Commodore Bowman and his gorgeous Lesbian partner, Captain Reb, set out on an assignment that literally takes them out of this world in 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'. Now all three volumes are available under one cover at a substantial savings. Whether one by one or all at once, short chapters, vivid characters, adventure, explicit sex, graphic violence and Jim Morrison make 'The Endings Trilogy -An American Saga of the Last Century' hard to put down.