- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; paper edition edition (April 3, 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140071067
- ISBN-13: 978-0140071061
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,041,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Algeny: A New Word--A New World Paperback – April 3, 1984
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Rifkin believes that humanity is about to enter a new period in its development. The industrial society will be replaced by a society based on advanced computer technology, information and – above all – bioengineering. Rifkin actually believes that bioengineering can solve the world's energy, resource and environmental problems. Bacteria can be modified to “suck up” precious metals from the ground, plants and animals can be engineered to withstand tough environmental conditions and thereby boost food production, and sugar cane can replace oil (genetically engineered sugar cane, that is). Rifkin's opposition to this development seems to be purely moral or spiritual. He believes that we should sacrifice our security for the sake of the cosmos, which is our creator. Therefore, we owe the cosmos to leave it as it is, etc etc. Needless to say, this doesn't strike me as a very good pitch when meeting politicians in Washington!Read more ›
Naturally, those who have blind faith in science will hate this book. Scientism smacks of all the negative things that have ever been said about any religion. What is wrong with wanting to hold scientists accountable for using the scientific method to test the long-term consequences of their creations before unleashing them on the population or environment? If you are afraid to examine the premises for allowing unregulated science, then avoid this book. If you are afraid to think outside the box, then avoid this book.
To Mr. Rifkin's credit, he wrote _Algeny_ on this subject some 15 years ago. Unfortunately, he shows little familiarity with the topics he discusses -- the book is deeply marred by Rifkin's apparent fundamental misunderstandings of evolutionary science and Darwinism.
Rifkin also wastes much space on invidious comparisons between himself and "other futurists".
Mistaken in its premises, bombastically written, filled with bad logic that fails to support its sweeping conclusions: avoid this book.