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Will the future be one of economic expansion, greater tolerance, liberating inventions, and longer, happier lives? Or do we face economic stagnation, declining quality of life, and a techno­logically enhanced totalitarianism worse than any yet seen? The Fabulous Future? America and the World in 2040 draws its inspi­ration from a more optimistic time, and tome, The Fabulous Fu­ture: America in 1980, in which Fortune magazine celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary by publishing the predictions of thought leaders of its time.

In the present volume, the world’s leading specialists from di­verse fields project developments in their areas of expertise, from religion and the media to the environment and nanotechnology. Will we be happier, and what exactly does happiness have to do with our economic future? Where is higher education heading and how should it develop? And what is the future of prediction itself? These exciting essays provoke sharper questions, reflect unexpectedly on one another, and testify to our present anxieties about the surprising world to come.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Epigraph
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Introduction: The Future of Prediction
  2. Gary Saul Morson and Morton Schapiro
  3. pp. xv-xxx
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  1. Organization of the Volume and List of Contributors
  2. pp. xxxi-2
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  1. Part One: Wealth, Health, and Happiness
  2. pp. 3-4
  1. 1. Wealth: The Future of Economic Growth: Slowing to a Crawl
  2. Robert J. Gordon
  3. pp. 5-22
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  1. 2. Health: Longer and Healthier Lives?
  2. Eileen M. Crimmins
  3. pp. 23-32
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  1. 3. Happiness: A Happier World?
  2. Richard A. Easterlin
  3. pp. 33-46
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  1. Part Two: Politics, Religion, and Human Rights
  2. pp. 47-48
  1. 4. Politics: The World in 2040
  2. Robert L. Gallucci
  3. pp. 49-62
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  1. 5. Religion: The Future of American Religion
  2. Eboo Patel
  3. pp. 63-78
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  1. 6. Human Rights: Freedom’s Future
  2. Wendy Kaminer
  3. pp. 79-96
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  1. Part Three: Science, Technology, and the Environment
  2. pp. 97-98
  1. 7. Science: Especially about the Future
  2. Mark A. Ratner
  3. pp. 99-112
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  1. 8. Technology: The Era of Answers
  2. John Kelly III
  3. pp. 113-128
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  1. 9. The Environment: Bridging the Gap between Knowing and Doing: The New Environmental Governance
  2. Mark R. Tercek and Jimmie Powell
  3. pp. 129-152
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  1. Part Four: Education, Communication, and Society
  2. pp. 153-154
  1. 10. Education: The Future of Higher Education in the United States (and the World)
  2. Gary Saul Morson and Morton Schapiro
  3. pp. 155-174
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  1. 11. Communication: Media of the Future
  2. Arianna Huffington
  3. pp. 175-182
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  1. 12. Society: The Future of Fearmongering
  2. Barry Glassner
  3. pp. 183-198
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  1. Conclusion: The World To Be
  2. Gary Saul Morson and Morton Schapiro
  3. pp. 199-204
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 205-209
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780810131972
Related ISBN
9780810131965
MARC Record
OCLC
907182136
Pages
243
Launched on MUSE
2015-04-11
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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