Jeremy Rifkin


Born
Denver, CO, The United States

American economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political advisor, and activist.

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The Zero Marginal Cost Soci...

3.99 avg rating — 1,417 ratings — published 2014 — 25 editions
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The Third Industrial Revolu...

3.86 avg rating — 1,079 ratings — published 2011
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The Empathic Civilization: ...

4.04 avg rating — 773 ratings — published 2009 — 18 editions
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The European Dream: How Eur...

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The End of Work

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The Hydrogen Economy: The C...

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Beyond Beef: The Rise and F...

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The Biotech Century

3.54 avg rating — 114 ratings — published 1998 — 12 editions
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“Time goes forward because energy itself is always moving from an available to an unavailable state. Our consciousness is continually recording the entropy change in the world around us. We watch our friends get old and die. We sit next to a fire and watch it's red-hot embers turn slowly into cold white ashes. We experience the world always changing around us, and that experience is the unfolding of the second law. It is the irreversible process of dissipation of energy in the world. What does it mean to say, 'The world is running out of time'? Simply this: we experience the passage of time by the succession of one event after another. And every time an event occurs anywhere in this world energy is expended and the overall entropy is increased. To say the world is running out of time then, to say the world is running out of usable energy. In the words of Sir Arthur Eddington, 'Entropy is time's arrow'.”
Jeremy Rifkin, Entropy

“It is not uncommon in the modern world for people to retreat into the world of books to escape from the realities of the outside world. The printed word evokes the modern notion of security, with the emphasis on detachment, privacy, autonomy, predictability, and enclosed artificiality.”
Jeremy Rifkin, The End of Work

“Today we are raised with the notion that to be secure is to be financially autonomous. Amassing wealth is viewed as the primary rite of passage to a secure, autonomous existence.”
Jeremy Rifkin, The End of Work

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