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    Publisher: Canongate

    A Short History Of Progress

    £9.99
    Inspiring a documentary featuring Margaret Atwood, Stephen Hawking and Jane Goodall, A Short History of Progress examines the downside of human advancement
    ISBN: 9781841958309
    AuthorRonald Wright
    Pub Date28/09/2006
    BindingPaperback
    Pages224
    Availability: In Stock

    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-centurys 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-centurys 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.