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12 Books to Renew (Or Destroy) Your Faith in The Future

Renew

  • Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper
  • The End of Poverty
  • Future Perfect
  • The Second Machine Again
  • Abundance
  • The Better Angels of Our Nature

Destroy

  • The Sixth Extinction
  • The Unwinding
  • To Save Everything, Click Here
  • Average is Over
  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century
  • The Tyranny of Experts
(Renew) Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper: How Innovation Keeps Proving the Catastrophists Wrong

1(Renew) Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper: How Innovation Keeps Proving the Catastrophists Wrong by Robert Bryce

(Renew) The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time

2(Renew) The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time by Jeffrey Sachs

(Renew) Future Perfect: The Case For Progress In A Networked Age

3(Renew) Future Perfect: The Case For Progress In A Networked Age by Steven Johnson

(Renew) The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

4(Renew) The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson & Andrew McAfee

(Renew) Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think

5(Renew) Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis & Steven Kotler

(Renew) The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

6(Renew) The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker

(Destroy) To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism

7(Destroy) To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism by Evgeny Morozov

(Destroy) The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

8(Destroy) The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

(Destroy) The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

9(Destroy) The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer

(Destroy) Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation

10(Destroy) Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation by Tyler Cowen

(Destroy) Capital in the Twenty-First Century

11(Destroy) Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty

(Destroy) The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor

12(Destroy) The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor by William Easterly

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Everyone Knows How to Give Feedback. Do You Know How to Receive it?

There’s this widespread notion that information is enough, that if we can just show people that they’re making poor decisions they’ll start to decide better. Yet as List and Samek suggest, “educational messaging” doesn’t work–the facts never speak for themselves. We need to go deeper, and it starts not with how we broadcast information, but how we receive it.

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