M. C. Jacoby

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The Future by Al Gore
The Future by Al Gore
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3.0 out of 5 stars Al Gore: The Future, 12 Sep 2013
At first reading this book seems not to be about the future at all. It doesn't have to. In presenting a blizzard of facts about the present, even the slowest-witted politician can see where we are headed as a global ecosystem.

`The Future' contains several misrepresentations which need attention. On page 133 Gore claims that the book `The Great Illusion' The Great Illusion - The Original Classic Edition by Norman Angell argued that `the Second Industrial Revolution had made war obsolete ...' Gore neglects to include the rest of Angell's argument which was:`... as a means of gaining treasure or wealth by conquering… Read more
Letters to a Young Scientist by Edward O Wilson
Letters to a Young Scientist by Edward O Wilson
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Old men ramble. They are allowed to. In doing so, many of them leave the world a better place. These letters are a gentle ramble through Ed Wilson's long life, his monumental work and profound thoughts, and they enhance the world enormously. His twenty letters are written in discursive - almost Darwinian - prose that is a rare delight to read. If you haven't, I envy you for you have a great pleasure in store. The letters are divided into five sections: `The Path to Follow', `The Creative Process', `A Life in Science', `Theory and the Big Picture' and, for the last letter only, `Truth and Ethics'. Be not deceived by the gentleness of the writing because it contains much hard wisdom… Read more
Feeding Frenzy: The New Politics of Food by Paul McMahon
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4.0 out of 5 stars Feeding Frenzy, 11 Jun 2013
This is an important book which anyone interested in the well-being of the next generation should read and digest. It summarises the history of the way the world's food has been and is being produced, describes how modern production has become dependent on fossil fuel, discusses the impacts of diet changing towards meat and population growing, criticises speculators and futures markets, worries about monopolies encompassing the production chain from soil to plate, and recommends some `nice' ways we could at least ameliorate the effect of distribution failure, if not shortages. I use the word `nice' in the strategic sense. Unfortunately politicians are seldom nice, unless it suits their… Read more

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