"A Short History of Progress" Book Review by Nicky

A review of the book "A Short History of Progress" by Ronald Wright.
# 151264 | 1,289 words | 1 source | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on May 31, 2012 in Biology (Ecology) , Sociology (General)

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The paper explains the subject and thesis of Wright's work that concern the unsustainable development of society today and its negative impact on the environment. The paper discusses Wright's argument that human society must understand why other civilizations failed in order to avoid the same type of downfall. The paper concludes with two hypothetical questions to be posed to Mr. Wright himself.

From the Paper:

"From his perspective, the 20th century brought about an uncontrollable growth in everything ranging from demographics to technology and from urban and economic development to information technology. While all these should have primarily a positive effect and positive consequences on humanity and on the development of the human society, they also impact the environment, reduce available resources and, in fact, threaten the existence of the world.
"The danger is, as Wright points out, that the speed at which things are developing may make the navigation more difficult. A more sustainable development is required to ensure that the world is able to avoid the numerous threats that lay ahead: "Our civilization, which subsumes most of its predecessors, is a great ship steaming at speed into the future. It travels faster, further, and more laden than any before. We may not be able to foresee every reef and hazard, but by reading her compass bearing and headway, by understanding her design, her safety record, and the abilities of her crew, we can, I think, plot a wise course between the narrows and the bergs looming ahead"."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Wright, Ronald. A Short History of Progress. Toronto: Anansi. 2004

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