The Myth Gap: What Happens When Evidence and Arguments Aren’t Enough Hardcover – 12 Jan 2017
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"Very short, very sharp" (Bruce Clark Economist)
"Pertinent… Evans is an attractive and persuasive writer … his book will strike many chords’" (Allan Massie Scotsman)
"An important book about the need to bring inspiring narratives back to the heart of progressive politics ... This has traction because it has truth, literally as well as metaphorically." (New Scientist)
"A really fascinating contribution to answering the question: how do we find new myths to live by." (Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury)
"Everyone should read this." (Tim Smit)
FOREWORD BY TIM SMIT. A brilliant analysis of how it is stories, rather than facts and pie-charts, that have the power to animate us and bring us together to tackle the major issues of our time: climate change, mass migration, inequality and resource scarcity.See all Product description
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I think the author is correct in his assertion that we need to construct powerful stories to drive change, but I doubt the world's ability to draw together in the way he suggests we can. I lean to the pessimistic side of things, but my instinct is that rich countries will bury their head in the sand about the problems faced by those in developing countries caused by climate change and insulate just their own citizens to the negative effects. I applaud the author for starting the debate though..
This book was a pleasure to read and had significant things to say on a wide range of issues from 'enemy narritives' and 'short termism' to the singularity. The issues are woven around a single thread of the environment.
As a scientist/engineer I think its slightly heretical to put myth ahead of fact but this book has made me think about the possible benefits of stories and also of religions in terms of community.
As a manager I worry about the young people I work with not finding purpose. Being isolated through technology, or lack of any community forum to discuss issues and also unrealistic expectations of life through social media. Youth suicide etc. This book really does touch on it all.
As a grumpy git the enemy narratives formed by the 'occupy wall street' people annoy me as if you earn more than £24k YOU ARE THE1% i.e. richer than 99% of the people on the planet. But equally I need to avoid thinking of all of them as unwashed students as that clearly isn't the case.
I'm going to read it again (aided by it's brevity) and check out all the links! Fascinating non-waffly read (unlike this review).
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