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'Millennium' is full of gratitude for the staggering advances of 1,000 years - CSMonitor.com Dec 2016
The four core changes he identifies in his book, the “four primary sources underlying change over the last millennium,” are a) the weather in terms of how it affected food supply, the need for security, the fear of sickness, and the “desire for personal enrichment." And the method Mortimer uses to track the fluctuating fortunes of these four core items (and plenty more) is at once thought-provoking and self-evidently artificial: He looks at each of the last 10 centuries as discreet, watertight eras and tries to assess the predominant changes each century saw that the others didn't see, prefacing the whole exercise with a smile-inducing bit of understatement: “Many of the important developments in Western culture do not fit neatly within the borders of a single century.”
change  trends  books  reviews  history  toread 
march 2017 by pierredv
The Frustratingly Slow Pace of Making Changes : zenhabits
Give up on the results. Instead focus on the step in front of you. Give up on the fantasy. Instead be curious about what it’s really like when you try it. Don’t be motivated by achieving the ideal. Be motivated by compassion for yourself and helping others. Don’t be caught up in quick results. Savor the slow change. Forget about the happiness of the outcome. Instead find happiness in the learning. Don’t worry about perfect execution. The entire point is to learn about yourself.
happiness  fantasy  zenhabits  progress  change  patience  meditation  compassion  ** 
july 2014 by pierredv
Archaeologists Uncover Clues to Why Vikings Abandoned Greenland - SPIEGEL ONLINE
"For years, researchers have puzzled over why Viking descendents abandoned Greenland in the late 15th century. But archaeologists now believe that economic and identity issues, rather than starvation and disease, drove them back to their ancestral homes."
history  Greenland  Scandinavia  climate  change  farming  hunting 
january 2013 by pierredv
Out of control: How to live in an unfathomable world - tech - 17 May 2011 - New Scientist
Strapline: "We need to accept that the interactions of technology, society and nature are now beyond our understanding" Opinion piece by Braden Allenby and Daniel Sarewitz, based on their book "The Techo-Human Condition" Divide technologies into three levels, with increasing amounts of interconnection, Level I to Level III. Quote: "The world we are creating thus demands a transition from our almost paranoid societal obsession with Level I certainty and coherence to acceptance that Level III uncertainties and contradictions are the essence of the world we have already made. The question now is how to enable rational and ethical behaviour in a world too complex for applied rationality, how to make our ignorance an opportunity for continual learning and adjustment." They argue that most technology systems are now Level III, but we persist in believing we can manage them in terms of the determinism at Level I.
change  complexity  technology  NewScientist  opinion  books  *** 
may 2011 by pierredv

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