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The Best That Money Can't Buy: Beyond Politics, Poverty & War

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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
Paperback, 164 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Global Cyber-Visions (first published February 2002)
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Dec 18, 2008 Sebastian rated it liked it
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
Feb 01, 2009 Tosh rated it it was amazing
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!
Sivert Grenersen
Jan 14, 2013 Sivert Grenersen rated it it was amazing
An important book. I would like to start a local team for The Venus Project in my hometown.
Jul 30, 2011 Jason rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jason by: Jacque Fresco
Shelves: tzm-reading-list
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
Sergey Khomyuk
May 15, 2014 Sergey Khomyuk rated it really liked it
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" ( ). Суть этого проекта состоит в переход
Sukhneet Singh Virk
Oct 27, 2013 Sukhneet Singh Virk rated it it was amazing
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.
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
Boris Figeczky
Sep 27, 2015 Boris Figeczky rated it it was amazing
A very-very good book. His work is based on experimental evidence and conceptual design which derives from it. This is based also on work of many scientists in a variety of disciplines. Some people do not have enough knowledge to understand all aspects of this work. And why should they? This is a multidisciplinary approach which is explained to common people in a language that is easy to understand (talking about the "little book"). Jacque skipped a technical jargon and a boring academic talk an ...more
Yuki kojima
Mar 26, 2011 Yuki kojima rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
The first half of the book is ideology and the second half the implementation. I enjoyed reading the first half.
Feb 02, 2013 Pieter rated it liked it
Really enjoyed the first half which focused on the flaws of society, and what he would prefer.
Josh Tewell
Aug 07, 2015 Josh Tewell rated it it was amazing
A "must-read" for anyone concerned with the future of our planet, and with the long-term survivability and stability of our species; as well as those concerned with learning about our relationship to, and dependency on the entirety of life on Earth... Science education and literacy needs to be taught early on, unhindered, and made freely-available for all (without a price-tag) -- and we will see major improvements in our society, at-large, within just a few generations. Jacque Fresco for preside ...more
Jeremy Peterson
Jul 28, 2016 Jeremy Peterson rated it it was amazing
This book and the subsequent research that I dove into changed my life. Take the time to inform yourself about an alternative socioeconomic model and a different way of doing things on a global scale. We have to begin having these conversations more openly. 2016 and we rarely entertain anything outside of capitalism and business as usual. Read this and share it and continue researching alternative paths forward. Google will help, they have a strong online presence and there's tons of additional ...more
Sep 22, 2014 Karri rated it it was ok
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
Apr 19, 2016 Jason rated it it was amazing
It's hard to believe that there are people out there who haven't heard of the Venus Project, but unfortunately most people haven't and this book is a great visual introduction, although YouTube is full of video and lectures. I love the Venus Project, it seemed so radical in 2008 when I found out about it. Now it almost doesn't seem radical enough. This is the direction of thought progressives of the world should embrace.
Mohammad Masad
Jul 03, 2013 Mohammad Masad rated it liked it
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
Yuriy Chulovskyy
Apr 20, 2015 Yuriy Chulovskyy rated it liked it
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
Apr 20, 2014 Amber Lea rated it really liked it
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.
Dina Strange
Feb 23, 2015 Dina Strange rated it it was amazing
How I wish!
Arthur Rimbun
Jan 10, 2016 Arthur Rimbun rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fictions
It is a nice, eye-opening read. Fresco gives an idealistic view of a world that caters for the needs of its inhabitants, and he made several valid points. Unfortunately the current realities are vastly different, and there is no knowing how much of his predictions are actually feasible to achieve. I would still recommend it as a read if you are interested in science, technology and environments.
Prasanth Vp
Jan 05, 2015 Prasanth Vp rated it really liked it
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...

Maja Dezulovic
Aug 03, 2016 Maja Dezulovic rated it it was amazing
The Venus Project is a brilliant concept proposed by Jacque Fresco. Anyone interested in the current state of affairs in our world and the future should read this.
Kevin Cool
Nov 11, 2013 Kevin Cool rated it it was amazing
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.
Claus Weng
Jan 20, 2011 Claus Weng rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rezonanz
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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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