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Scanning the future : 20 eminent thinkers on the world of tomorrow
Blumenfeld, Yorick.
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New York : Thames & Hudson, [1999]

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304 pages ; 22 cm.
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Yorick Blumenfeld has selected twenty articles by distinguished writers and thinkers, including physicists Murray Gell-Mann and Steven Weinberg, biologist Edward Wilson, and statesman Nelson Mandela, for the companion volume to this new series. A comprehensive anthology of thoughts towards building a better future, it is essential reading for anyone concerned about the possibilities for future generations and for the planet

Scanning the Future presents challenging perspectives and stirs the imagination with ideas on the good society, technology and progress genetics and evolution and the environment. It shows that we can improve the world through an inventive use of knowledge and that the individual can make a difference.

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Booklist Review

Two notable collections, ideal for library patrons. In Letters of Transit, five noted authors address what it means to be an exile, to live in a place that both is and is not "home." Aciman, author of Out of Egypt (1995), describes his journey from Egypt to Italy and then the U.S., comparing his experience to the lack of roots that seems to be a modern condition. Eva Hoffman, author of Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language (1990, paper), came to the U.S. from Poland via Canada; here, too, her subject is languages old and new. Novelist Bharati Mukherjee addresses (as she has elsewhere) what assimilation means (or should mean) as we approach the millennium; critic Edward Said describes and defends the complex and conflicting allegiances his journey produces. Poet and translator Charles Simic recalls bureaucracy and confusion in his journey from Belgrade through Paris to the U.S., and the difficulty of learning how to "fit in" in his new country. All essays are new for this collection. Scanning the Future should appeal to readers curious about what lies across that bridge to the new century. In Part 1, Blumenfeld gathers futurological "methodologies and approaches." Selections by Bertrand de Jouvenel, Murray Gell-Mann, Merritt Roe Smith, Max Dublin, and others are particularly useful for readers wondering why futurists disagree. Part 2, "Interlude," provides a satire from Stanislaw Lem and a poem from Octavio Paz. Part 3, "Challenging Perspectives," consists of selections by Edward O. Wilson, Francis Fukuyama, George P. Brockway, Joel Kurtzman, Robert N. Bellah and associates, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, C. Owen Paepke, Tom Athanasiou, Steven Weinberg, and Nelson Mandela's 1994 speech to the United Nations General Assembly. Thought-provoking essays on important subjects. --Mary Carroll