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By Jim Norwine (auth.), Jim Norwine (eds.)

ISBN-10: 9400773528

ISBN-13: 9789400773523

ISBN-10: 9400773536

ISBN-13: 9789400773530

In this booklet, a global staff of environmental and social scientists clarify strong present change-engines and the way their results, and our responses to them, will remodel Earth and humankind into the 22nd-century (c.2100).

This publication starts via detailing the present kingdom of information approximately those ongoing, accelerating and in all probability world-transforming adjustments: weather swap, within the type of international warming, and a profound rising shift of normative cultural towards the assumptions and values usually linked to so-called postmodernity, corresponding to tolerance, variety, self-referentiality, and dubiety changed with walk in the park. subsequent, the members think, clarify and debate the main most probably consequent differences of human and traditional ecologies and economies that would happen via the tip of the 21st-century.

In sixteen compellingly unique, provocative and readable chapters, A global after weather switch and Culture-Shift provides a exclusive imaginative and prescient of our present age as a “hinge” or axial century, one pushed through the main radical mixed swap of nature and tradition because the upward thrust of agriculture on the finish of the final Ice Age a few 10 millennia in the past. This publication is extremely instructed to students and scholars of the environmental and social sciences, in addition to to all readers drawn to how alterations in nature and tradition will interact to reshape our global and ourselves.

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Everywhere one looks, one sees fantasies of endless juvenescence, of undiminished fertility, virility, and desirability. The acceptance of euthanasia, which will probably accelerate, does not reflect growing comfort with death. It reflects a decision to finish the ghastly business of dying as quickly possible. If these predictions are borne out by events, estrangement, angst, and alienation will almost certainly increase in the near future. The final question is which of the four attitudes towards estrangement will prevail in a world that appears to be growing more and more alienating and uncanny.

Escapism is the fourth attitude to estrangement, angst, or alienation. Now often described as consumerism, this attitude was first identified by Pascal in the seventeenth century. Eric Voegelin summarizes Pascal’s argument this way: “When passion subsides, the experience of a fundamental emptiness and metaphysical forlornness emerges unobscured, the anxiety of existence springs up crying to be 22 J. M. Smith assuaged, and the ordinary method of assuaging anxiety is diversion by new activity” (Voegelin 1975).

The first is to suppose that we feel alienated because we are, indeed, aliens who have fallen or been cast into a world that is not our true home (Lawler 2002). In Christianity, we are exiles suffering punishment for a primitive crime; in Gnosticism, we are victims of a malignant cosmic power. Each of these systems proposes a salvific mechanism by which some, at least, may be restored to their proper estate (and also a means by which the damned are removed to a place of perfect estrangement), but neither offers hope for resolution of the problem in this world.

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