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The Best That Money Can't Buy is the ultimate synchronicity of spirituality, science, technology AND the environment to create a better world for everyone. Fresco envisions a global civilization in which science and technology are applied with human and environmental concern, offering a standard of living far beyond anything ever imagined in the past. It is a new vision of ...more
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Published May 1st 2002 by Global Cyber-Visions (first published February 2002)
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Sebastian
Love the ideology, and very interested in the Venus Project.

This book however get's 3 stars because:

1. It doesn't reference any other books, scientific papers etc. which makes it hard to know the validity of his claims.

2. Jacque Fresco's theory still feels like it has some holes and areas of problems, or base assumptions which I am not sure are realisitic.

3. We are missing models, empirical treatment and scientific methods as part of his methodology. I want to see charts, tables, experimental ex
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Tosh
i saw Jacques Fresco's documentary Future By Design and felt it was imperative that i explore this concept of a new society with a deeper and vigilant eye. Cant wait to sell my TV for this book!
Jason
Jul 30, 2011 Jason rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jason by: Jacque Fresco
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The principles in this book may well be what's needed for the human race to survive. History shows us that established institutions and the current economic model ultimately create scarcity. And depravity, corruption, greed, crime etc. are not the core problems, they are symptoms.



With the track record humanity has so far, a redesign of obsolete institutions, structures and traditions makes sense. Ideas can become obsolete, just as my computer already is. Is the Venus Project the ultimate answer
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Sivert Grenersen
An important book. I would like to start a local team for The Venus Project in my hometown.
Sergey Homyuk
После суровой реальности Ремарка решил прочитать что-нибудь более позитивное. После недолгих раздумий я остановил свой выбор на книге Жака Фреско «Все лучшее, что не купишь за деньги».

Жак Фреско - это очень интересный человек, который поставил перед собою очень интересную и непростую цель: показать людям, что мы способны построить лучший мир. Для достижения этой цели он занимается разработкой технократического проекта "Венера" ( http://thevenusproject.com ). Суть этого проекта состоит в переход
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Sergei_kalinin
Уф... Очень трудно мне говорить об этой книге :(((

С одной стороны, я большой поклонник оптимистической футурологии - мне крайне интересны возможные варианты именно "светлого" будущего :)). Я с большим уважением отношусь к чудакам-оптимистам вроде Жака Фреско.
Хотя и несколько опасаюсь активностей вроде "Проекта Венера". Т.к. у них всегда есть риск перерасти в банальную секту...

Намерения авторов самые благие и самые светлые, но... Но что по сути предлагает Фреско?

1. Т.н. "ресурсо-ориентированн
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Sukhneet Singh Virk
Powerful book that will help you re-examine assumptions we all make about how society is structured etc.

The first half discusses problems with our current systems and modes of thinking, while providing better alternatives.

The second half delves into what a possible solution would look like (including technology, etc.).

I want to read this one again and again.
Yuki
The first half of the book is ideology and the second half the implementation. I enjoyed reading the first half.
Pieter
Really enjoyed the first half which focused on the flaws of society, and what he would prefer.
Karri
Mr. Frescos' views and ideas are solid, and likely very possible to put into practice. Well, some are and some likely in the future. But he fails to provide almost any sources. Yeah, sounds cool that nanotechnology will solve most of our problems and that automatic cars can possibly levitate on non-slippery road in the future. Yeah, almost everything is possible. I still want those sources, otherwise half of the book can be summarized as 'everything is doable always, the end'.

The book starts out
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Mohammad Masad
The ideology part is as brilliant as ever, which is not a surprise from a man such as Jacques. But I feel that the entire thing lacks realism, and features too much idealism and "utopia" in his designs. Another bad thing would be that the book doesn't reference any other scientific papers and such, as well as the design work lacks lots of scientific data, I wanted to see more of the designs than just a brief explanation, I wanted to see experiments, their results put in charts and tables and so ...more
Geneva Dion-Rosario
I have met Jacque and Roxanne at the Venus Project. I thought that his small maquettes we're very futuristic. I would like the future buildings, that he has drawn, to become real!
Yuriy Chulovskyy
I really like Fresco. But it's better to listen to his interviews, watch movies and so on than reading this book. May be I expected too much, may be such books becomes obsolete very soon... I don't know, but I found just a one interesting subject about education and children. Everything else was obvious or better covered by his interviews.
Amber Lea
I'm a bit disappointed because I expected this book to get more specific and clarify Jacque's vision well enough that I'd be able to thoroughly explain it to other people. Unfortunately, I find I'm still left with some unanswered questions. I also found it repetitive, especially as someone who's already somewhat familiar with the venus project.

But that being said, I think Jacque is brilliant, I like his ideas, and I thought this book was a worthwhile read.
Prasanth Vp
I read this book to know how the cybernated controlling system works.
i support venus project, i dont think it will happen in my life time.
world would not be the same in next 40-50 years.
so we need to wait to see what going to happen.
the way i think a robotic economy controlled by elites is going to replace the monetary system.
economy trend says so..
well its a good book...

Kevin Cool
A very insightful book, Jaqcue has learned me a lot, changing how I live my life by the aid of this book and his lectures.
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Jacque Fresco is an American futurist and self-described social engineer. Fresco is self-taught and has worked in a variety of positions related to industrial design and the aircraft industry.

Fresco writes and lectures his views on sustainable cities, energy efficiency, natural-resource management, cybernetic technology, automation, and the role of science in society. Fresco is the director of The
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Designing The Future Looking Forward The Venus Project: The Redesign Of A Culture DISEÑANDO EL FUTURO LA PROSPÉRITÉ SANS EN PAYER LE PRIX (Au-delà de la politique, de la pauvreté et de la guerre)

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“Our main problem is a lack of understanding of what it means to be human and that we are not separate from nature.” 7 likes
“One may reasonably ask: Why do people cling to the values and practices of the past, when they so obviously no longer work? Long-standing thought patterns are hard to overcome because they often appear to serve the interests of the individual, and old ways of thinking are simpler and easier to handle. In a two-valued way of thinking, as in good and bad, right and wrong, love and hate, cause and effect, very little logical analysis is involved.” 3 likes
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