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Algeny: A New Word--A New World Paperback – April 3, 1984

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Product Details

  • 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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Format: Hardcover
Jeremy Rifkin's “Algeny” from 1983 is a confusing book, written from a Green and somewhat new agey perspective. The author is currently a strong proponent of a hydrogen economy and something he dubs The Third Industrial Revolution. He is also a long-time activist against genetic engineering. Rifkin's book was written in cooperation with one Nicanor Perlas. A Filipino social activist of that name exists, and I wouldn't be surprised if it’s the same person. Interestingly, Perlas has ties to Anthroposophy. “Algeny” was endorsed by Senator Mark Hatfield, a dissident Republican and outspoken opponent of the Vietnam War. Another endorsement came from Al Gore! Given the anti-scientific tenor of the book, these political endorsements strike me as potentially controversial.

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!
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Superb, vintage Wilson!
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Format: Paperback
This is an important book that definitively shows the motivation and interests behind the promotion of evolution as a guess worthy of consideration. Evolution is not a theory. A theory by definition has to be testable. The book exposes many of the lies and misinformation that are used to push forward evolution as an excuse to perform dangerous and untested science experiments on an unsuspecting population. This book does not make religious or spiritual arguments against evolution. This books makes social and practical arguments against continuing the propaganda for evolution.

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.
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Genetic engineering seems likely to change the relationship between man and biological nature.
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.
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In arguing against social darwinism and gentic human tampering, he does a great job of decontructing darwinism itself. Some simple, but classic arguments against darwinian evolution (he examines the Miller experiment involving creation of amino acids in "primordial soup"), and some very good arguments against generic engineering.
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