Crucial Questions about the Future

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University Press of America, 1991 - Political Science - 133 pages
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Crucial Questions About the Future presents readers concerned about the long-range future and their place in it with a series of tough but necessary questions and, refreshingly, offers no pat answers. Instead, what is offered is a structured and reason-bound exploration of the complexities of modern life with which the reader, or the future-studies inclined academic, can provide his own answers to these eternal and critical questions. Contents: The Future of Human Civilization; What Is Most Important of All?; Why Do We Act In Ways That Hurt Our Future?; What Will Our Actual Future Turn Out To Be?; How Can We Achieve a Satisfactory Future?; Preventing the Worst Catastrophes; Intelligent Life in the Universe: What Role Will It Play In Our Future?; From Which Aspects of Reality Can We Gain Meaning and Purpose?; How Can Each Person Contribute?
 

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Contents

The Future of Human Civilization
1
Chapter 2 What Is Most Important of All?
7
Why Do We Act in Ways That Hurt Our Future?
25
What Will Our Actual Future Turn Out To Be?
33
Chapter 5 How Can We Achieve a Satisfactory Future?
47
Chapter 6 Preventing the Worst Catastrophes
71
Intelligent Life in the Universe What Role Will It Play in Our Future?
87
From Which Aspects of Reality Can We Gain Meaning and Purpose?
103
Chapter 9 How Can Each Person Contribute?
111
References
125
About the Author
135
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