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The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog: Access to Tools and Ideas for the Twenty-First Century

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Lists useful resources related to science, health care, crafts, communication late-twentieth century technologies, biodiversity, and more.
Paperback, 382 pages
Published May 25th 1995 by HarperOne (first published 1990)
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Chris
Jan 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This encyclopediac volume has been rendered somewhat obsolete by the internet, yet no single site on the internet organizes such a valuable intellectual and cultural tool-set for analyzing and solving problems in all aspects of life. You will find a bit of everything in here: metaphysics, pointers to resources, philosophical guide posts. Stewart Brand was onto something really important with this concept. We could use a bit more education in most of this stuff today.
Christopher
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Still largely relevant today as a reference to empowering resources. Some entries are now obsolescent, but not much. Its coverage of nascent internet and computer technologies is now quite outdated--I think this was published in the mid 1990s, just before the internet went supernova--but there are still lots of tools and ideas worth considering. Especially interesting to me are the listings of specialized books that are a cut above the usual fare we used to find in brick-and-mortar ...more
Licia
Nov 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This catalog was like a comprehensive "Sears Catalog" for the New Age-hippie-environmentalist crowd. A True precursor to the internet, and Wikipedia, the authors were prescient, and had their fingers on the pulse of matters vital to our present times.
matthew
Oct 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: um... hippies? but the good ones!
the whole earth catalog shaped my life. contrary to what wags might say, this was (is) a good thing. i still go back to the various versions (i have some put out on newsprint) when i need a jump start to living.
James
Somewhat dated now in some areas, 14 years down the road, but a lot of the information is still valid, and even the entries that are outdated may inspire you to track down up-to-date equivalents. This is a great book to browse for hours as well as a place to look up specific things.
Kaethe Douglas
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm not a hippy, but I loves me a good reference work.
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Sep 16, 2009 rated it liked it
A fond revisiting of my college days
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