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The Future in Plain Sight: The Rise of the "True Believers" and Other Clues to the Coming Instability

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For more than half a century, our planet has enjoyed a prolonged period of privilege and stability. Recent decades have seen some of the most extraordinary prosperity in all of human history, and we have come to view this as the norm.

But what if instability returned?

And what can we do to prevent that from happening?

In The Future in Plain Sight, author Eugene Linden
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 29th 2002 by Plume (first published August 13th 1998)
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Ryan
Apr 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Interesting book considering I read it almost fifteen years after it was published. It made some great predictions that remained mostly true based on information he proposed. I just didn't like how he was rather pompous in declaring himself able to foresee the near future based on certain patterns that are otherwise insignificant. I think if there are any predictions he makes that manifest in the general ballpark of what has actually happened, they're are merely consequential and not necessarily ...more
Nathan
Sep 23, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Alarmists.
Shelves: science
That this book was published before everyone went crazy for Y2K, and that it properly downplays Y2K worries, lends a bit of credibility to some of the other predictions in the book. At least you know that Eugene Linden isn't coming from an alarmist perspective. The Future in Plain Sight: Nine Clues to the Coming Instability examines a possibility of a period of global chaos, and looks at nine potentially threatening things on the horizon that might lead to such a period. Be it a disproportionate ...more
Paul Brent
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Written in 1997, it was interesting to see how he had predicted where we are today while predicting a major terrorist attack and a financial meltdown in the US, the author missed many of the details. He does give a list of very worrisome clues to impending crises from the financial side of the consumer society, population over load and environmental havoc caused by humans and their lack of understanding for how our world operates. A thought provoking book basically leaving the reader with ...more
David Vanness
I found it just confirmed that history does and will repeat itself. Especially for the fool who reads and understands not.
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I've spent my entire writing career exploring various aspects of one question: Why is it that after hundreds of thousands of years one relatively small subset of our species has reached a point where its fears, appetites, and spending habits control the destiny of every culture, every major ecosystem, and virtually every creature on earth? What happened that enabled us to seize control in a blink ...more

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