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Short History Of Progress

By Ronald Wright

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| Paperback | 9780887847066

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Each time history repeats itself, the cost goes up. The twentieth century—a time of unprecedented progress—has produced a tremendous strain on the very elements that comprise life itself: This raises the key question of the twenty-first cen Continue

Each time history repeats itself, the cost goes up. The twentieth century—a time of unprecedented progress—has produced a tremendous strain on the very elements that comprise life itself: This raises the key question of the twenty-first century: How much longer can this go on? With wit and erudition, Ronald Wright lays out a-convincing case that history has always provided an answer, whether we care to notice or not. From Neanderthal man to the Sumerians to the Roman Empire, A Short History of Progress dissects the cyclical nature of humanity’s development and demise, the 10,000-year old experiment that we’ve unleashed but have yet to control.

It is Wright’s contention that only by understanding and ultimately breaking from the patterns of progress and disaster that humanity has repeated around the world since the Stone Age can we avoid the onset of a new Dark Age. Wright illustrates how various cultures throughout history have literally manufactured their own end by producing an overabundance of innovation and stripping bare the very elements that allowed them to initially advance. Wright's book is brilliant; a fascinating rumination on the hubris at the heart of human development and the pitfalls we still may have time to avoid.

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    大量的引用資料,作者將精華濃縮如此,實在不易

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    Gary13424 said on Jul 6, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    "作者用蘇美.復活節島.羅馬.馬雅四個案例來闡釋人類如果不控制進步將導致文明滅亡的後果"

    進步有其自毀的基因
    如果不控制就會導致文明甚至文化的滅亡
    作者從人類學和歷史來點出這些弊端試圖替現代文明敲響警鐘
    讓人們可是控制進步
    而非被進步所控制而步入滅亡

    不過書中有的太多學術堆砌了
    只有復活節島的部分比較明確也比較有可看性@@

    看時有感覺的地方:
    P25:舊石器時代,從一次獵殺一頭長毛象到學會一次獵殺兩頭長毛象的獵人,是進步了.但當獵人學會把整群獵物逐下懸崖,一次獵殺兩 ...(continue)

    "作者用蘇美.復活節島.羅馬.馬雅四個案例來闡釋人類如果不控制進步將導致文明滅亡的後果"

    進步有其自毀的基因
    如果不控制就會導致文明甚至文化的滅亡
    作者從人類學和歷史來點出這些弊端試圖替現代文明敲響警鐘
    讓人們可是控制進步
    而非被進步所控制而步入滅亡

    不過書中有的太多學術堆砌了
    只有復活節島的部分比較明確也比較有可看性@@

    看時有感覺的地方:
    P25:舊石器時代,從一次獵殺一頭長毛象到學會一次獵殺兩頭長毛象的獵人,是進步了.但當獵人學會把整群獵物逐下懸崖,一次獵殺兩百頭長毛象時,就是進步過了頭.他們將享有一時的衣食豐足,之後,卻只得餓死
    P90~98:(復活節島的最後一顆樹是怎麼倒下的)
    P116:對那些見識過美索不達米亞沙漠的人而言...古世界的榮景幾乎是難以想像的,過去與現在的對比如此強烈...倘使烏爾曾經是帝國首都,如果蘇美曾經是盛產糧食的穀倉之地,為何所有人口會完全消失,為何土地會失去肥力?
    他的問題答案只有一個字:鹽.原本河川會將鹽石與土壤中的鹽分沖刷出來,一路挾帶至海中.但當人們將水引到乾旱的土地,水分大幅蒸發後,留下的只有鹽巴.灌溉也使土地吸飽水分,使帶鹽分的地下水得以向上滲透.這種情況下,除非有良好的排水系統,土地能長期休耕,並有足夠的雨水來沖刷土壤,否則灌溉計畫不過是在為未來的鹽田鋪路

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    三斗柯騎著ㄅㄨ.ㄅㄨ.去流浪 said on Jun 30, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    午餐過後,花了兩小時看完這本書,感想是,原來人類所謂的文明,其實是建立在不斷的破壞、侵略和消耗中,因為人類的出現,人類的自我本位,帶給其他的生物可怕的傷害,當然,也包括人類對人類所引發的一切戰爭,簡而言之,原來這一切都只是人類的自我感覺良好罷了。若地球沒有人類,一切將有所不同。

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    Adonis said on Aug 5, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    果然是部”簡史” 由舊石器時代的尼安德塔人開始談起.. 回顧過去一萬年的人類歷史 社群除了發展為複雜的社會 還創建了文明, 經天緯地曰文 照臨四方曰明..露骨的說 文明社會吞噬野蠻社會似乎是歷史公案 而現代的我們 也是殺宗戮族血洗異族之後留下的後代子孫

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    WENDY said on Jun 13, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    一開始昏昏欲睡
    後來卻欲罷不能
    看完對人的未來充滿悲觀
    "就一個物種而言,我們將因抱持希望而註定毀滅?"

    即便如此,還是想知道自己是怎麼毀滅的.

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    Ilovewww said on Sep 9, 2012 | Add your feedback

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