Age of Discovery

Age of Discovery

Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance

Book - 2016
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The present is a contest between the bright and dark sides of discovery. To avoid being torn apart by its stresses, we need to recognize the fact--and gain courage and wisdom from the past. Age of Discovery shows how.

Now is the best moment in history to be alive, but we have never felt more anxious or divided. Human health, aggregate wealth and education are flourishing. Scientific discovery is racing forward. But the same global flows of trade, capital, people and ideas that make gains possible for some people deliver big losses to others--and make us all more vulnerable to one another.

Business and science are working giant revolutions upon our societies, but our politics and institutions evolve at a much slower pace. That's why, in a moment when everyone ought to be celebrating giant global gains, many of us are righteously angry at being left out and stressed about where we're headed.

To make sense of present shocks, we need to step back and recognize: we've been here before. The first Renaissance, the time of Columbus, Copernicus, Gutenberg and others, likewise redrew all maps of the world, democratized communication and sparked a flourishing of creative achievement. But their world also grappled with the same dark side of rapid change: social division, political extremism, insecurity, pandemics and other unintended consequences of discovery.

Now is the second Renaissance. We can still flourish--if we learn from the first.

Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250085092
Characteristics: xiv, 304 pages :,illustrations, maps
Additional Contributors: Kutarna, Chris


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Sep 25, 2017

So you didn't read the work of the author.

You were triggered by the recommendation the publisher used to package the book.

Did the fonts and graphics meet with your approval?

About how fair, objective, or nuanced would you say your comment is?

The work of the author is solid and interesting if you are interested in getting a long-run historical view of how social institutions lag behind technological change. The world changes, social institutions are slow to adapt, some folks are even slower to adapt.

Aug 06, 2017

Took this book back to library as soon as I opened the first page. Christine Lagarde recommending this book was enough to make me sick. Christine Lagarde who: Was found guilty of fraud by European courts and should have gone to jail but did not.
Christine Lagarde who insulted Greek citizens when she called them "tax cheats ".
Christine Lagarde whose home was raided by anti corruption police investigating her near $400 million pay-off of a prominent Nicolas Sarkozy supporter when she was French finance minister.
Christine Lagarde who showed up in New York to attend an IMF meeting wearing 9500 Euro's worth of clothing, shoes, handbags etc while she tells the poor they will have to pay more taxes and can't retire at 65.
No, sorry this author is blinded by the light and obviously confused.

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