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Pet Peeves: Absurd Sci Fi Films Division

            Settle into my seat on a flight from Heathrow to JFK. Scan through movie options. Banshees of Inn...

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Fire & Flood
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Deep Past
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endangered animals
rapid climate change
global deforestation
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The Ragged Edge of the World



Winds of Change
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Afterword to the softbound edition.


The Octopus and the Orangutan
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The Future In Plain Sight
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The Parrot's Lament
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Silent Partners
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Affluence and Discontent
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The Alms Race
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Apes, Men, & Language
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affluenceanddiscontent

Affluence and Discontent offers a theory about the nature and origins of the consumer society. The book argues that the consumer society is the latest artifact in an ancient rhythm of western societies that has seen reason gradually marginalize religious influences over behavior. The genius of the consumer society lies in the way it capitalizes on the very religious discontents if produces: as materialism and reason crowd out religion, these disenfranchised forces resurface in fads and countercultural movements that are then domesticated as new sources of consumer interest.

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Short Take

THE MANY LIVES OF A CONSERVATION MASTERPIECE

My article on John Perlin's masterpiece,  A Forest Journey, was published by TIME. The book offers an orignal view on the rise and fall of civilliztions, and the book had an epic journey of its own since it was first published. One message of my piece is that even a masterpiece has a rough time staying in print today.



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