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26 April 2018
This labyrinthine and complex book, which should be consumed over a lengthy period in small servings, represents the glorious achievement of a lifetime; I only wish I had discovered it earlier. Through the sometimes lengthy, sometimes concise, but always interconnected entries, Fleming develops a holistic, unique vision of humanity and our contemporary world. At this day and age, where political imagination is in short supply, this work fills a niche waiting to be discovered by the multitudes. Fleming is scientifically informed, playful and consistent, and he has interesting spins on economics, anthropology, ecology, sociology, psychology, evolutionary theory, cultural studies ... Obviously, ideas do not develop in a vacuum -- Gregory Bateson and E.F. Schumacher are among the people who come to mind -- but at the same time, this is a unique, consistent and enormously powerful view of the world in which we live, and the one we want to build. We have never seen anything like it. There is a warmth and inclusiveness in Fleming's prose that makes you want to continue the conversation forever. Interdisciplinary? This is beyond disciplines, and it stands to reason that these perspectives had to be developed outside of the academy, where more and more people know more and more about less and less, owing to the specialisation Fleming addresses on more than one occasion. As for myself, I am especially interested in learning about scale and economics from him, but there are fresh and often surprising ideas on every page. His holism -- everything is ecologically connected, both in a literal and a metaphoric sense -- could help us out of the corner into which we have painted ourselves.
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