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"What conjuration, and what mighty magic" - Othello, Shak,
This review is from: Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation (Hardcover)
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There will always be a crisis of one form or another in the world, the question is always how will we respond and rise to the challenge, for most of us we face a challenge every day.
In "Too Much Magic" James Howard Kunstler reveals nothing new, the continuing emergency of a world running out of oil, runaway inflation, climate change caused by human activity, unemployment, population explosion and an eroding infrastructure in the United States. Armageddon appears right around the corner.
However, what is new in Kunstler's book is his belief that our present society puts too much faith in innovative technology to solve our problems in the current crisis (before we face the next set of crisis). In this premise Kunstler does present a valid point, most people have no idea how the world really works (politically, financially, and scientifically with technology). A majority of people have no clue what is behind all the fancy technology (the Magic) we take for granted every day, such as cell phones, computers, iPads, digital cameras etc.
Kunstler does perhaps dwell too much on the housing and financial crisis our nation has faced and I think in this respect he deviates from his thesis a little. This occurrence had more to do with greed than an overly dependence on technology.
Over all I found "Too Much Magic" to be an intriguing book that presented a different point of view than Ray Kurzweil's "The Singularity is Near." For a totally different take on this subject give that book a whirl. I recommend "Too Much Magic" because I believe all points of view are valid and it is up to the reader to interpret and form their own opinion. Other reviewers go into more depth with the subject matter of the book so check them out as well. I give it 4 stars.