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Future Shock

Future Shock
Title: Future Shock
Author:Toffler Alvin
Оценка: 4.5 of 5, readers votes - 734
Genre: publicism
Annotation:This book was first published in 1970 and was a call to take heed of the looming 'Future Shock' or backlash of humanities biggest, unresolved dilemmas such as: the widening disparity between rich and poor, ie, the wealth of the world being monopolized by smaller and smaller percentage of the world human population, while the growing number of poor or outright poverty stricken are growing by leaps and bounds; burgeoning human population pressures with it's ever-increasing demands on limited resources; pollution of the food chains; technology with it's blessings and baggage of intrusive, dehumanizing side-effects; world health crisis, etc.
While humanity is currently preferring to live in a state of denial about the impending backlash of the mostly human-caused problems facing our present and immediate future, there is a growing accumulation of data never historically available to us before on how to deal with our problems. Will we put this knowledge to use in time?
So what exactly is 'Future Shock'? Toffler explains: 'We may define future shock as the distress, both physical and psychological, that arises from an overload of the human organism's physical adaptive systems and it's decision-making processes. Put more simply, future shock is the human response to over-stimulation'. Overload breakdown! The socio-political, economic and environmental bills are coming due and they WILL be paid, shocking or not!
Toffler sees that our time consuming, stressed-out, hyper-industrial, compulsive consuming society is leaving parents no time for proper child rearing as if they were qualified for the task in the first place. Un-guided, un-taught, un-disciplined children set themselves and society up for another of the many aspects of future shock with their aberrant behavior expanding as they get older.
'We don't let just anyone perform brain surgery or for that matter, sell stocks and bonds. Even the lowest ranking civil servant is required to pass tests proving competence. Yet we allow virtually anyone, almost without regard for mental or moral qualifications to try his or her hand at raising young human beings, so long as these humans are biological off-spring. Despite the increasing complexity of the task, parenthood remains the *greatest single preserve of the amateur*.'
Toffler suggests that society should 'professionalize' child rearing and parents should be educated by mandate of society. That along with every other level of society for a literate, more successful society. Guidelines for instituting 'appropriate technology' vs. irresponsible, runaway technology are covered. 'Utopian' models for society should always be considered as guidelines for future adjustments and upgrades to consider and think-tanks for that very purpose should be established. This along with 'sanctuaries for social imagination' sounds like ancient Greece, eh?
Ten years after this book was published, Marilyn Ferguson came out with her block-buster book, 'The Aquarian Conspiracy'. She somewhat took-up where Toffler left off and created a blueprint of where we are and where we should be heading to stave-off the trauma of future shock. She expertly delineates the 'Paradigm Shift' or changes needed in our collective thinking and proffers an abundance of guidelines and resources for that objective.
The following year (1981), Duane Elgin comes out with his 'Voluntary Simplicity', more guidelines for transitioning to a more harmonious existence. Elgin follows this with another similar book to 'Future Shock' and 'The Aquarian Conspiracy' with 'Awakening Earth' (1993), then followed by 'Promise Ahead' a continuation of the paradigm shift of collective consciousness needed for survival into the future.
To all of these fine books, one should add Theodore Roszak's 'The Voice of the Earth' and we then have a small, but potent collection of some of the most instructive and helpful books ever published for the immediate betterment of our existence on Earth. E
Table of Contents:

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  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. Part One: THE DEATH OF PERMANENCE
  3. Chapter 1 THE 800TH LIFETIME
  4. THE UNPREPARED VISITOR
  5. BREAK WITH THE PAST
  6. Chapter 2 THE ACCELERATIVE THRUST
  7. TIME AND CHANGE
  8. SUBTERRANEAN CITIES
  9. THE TECHNOLOGICAL ENGINE
  10. KNOWLEDGE AS FUEL
  11. THE FLOW OF SITUATIONS
  12. Chapter 3 THE PACE OF LIFE
  13. PEOPLE OF THE FUTURE
  14. DURATIONAL EXPECTANCY
  15. THE CONCEPT OF TRANSIENCE
  16. Part Two: TRANSIENCE
  17. Chapter 4 THINGS: THE THROW-AWAY SOCIETY
  18. THE PAPER WEDDING GOWN
  19. THE MISSING SUPERMARKET
  20. THE ECONOMICS OF IMPERMANENCE
  21. THE PORTABLE PLAYGROUND
  22. THE MODULAR "FUN PALACE"
  23. THE RENTAL REVOLUTION
  24. TEMPORARY NEEDS
  25. THE FAD MACHINE
  26. Chapter 5 PLACES: THE NEW NOMADS
  27. THE 3,000,000-MILE CLUB
  28. FLAMENCO IN SWEDEN
  29. MIGRATION TO THE FUTURE
  30. SUICIDES AND HITCH-HIKERS
  31. THE MOURNFUL MOVERS
  32. THE HOMING INSTINCT
  33. THE DEMISE OF GEOGRAPHY
  34. Chapter 6 PEOPLE: THE MODULAR MAN
  35. THE COST OF "INVOLVEMENT"
  36. THE DURATION OF HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS
  37. THE HURRY-UP WELCOME
  38. FRIENDSHIPS IN THE FUTURE
  39. MONDAY-TO-FRIDAY FRIENDS
  40. RECRUITS AND DEFECTORS
  41. RENT-A-PERSON
  42. HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS ...
  43. HOW MANY FRIENDS?
  44. TRAINING CHILDREN FOR TURNOVER
  45. Chapter 7 ORGANIZATIONS: THE COMING AD-HOCRACY
  46. CATHOLICS, CLIQUES AND COFFEE BREAKS
  47. THE ORGANIZATIONAL UPHEAVAL
  48. THE NEW AD-HOCRACY
  49. THE COLLAPSE OF HIERARCHY
  50. BEYOND BUREAUCRACY
  51. Chapter 8 INFORMATION: THE KINETIC IMAGE
  52. TWIGGY AND THE K-MESONS
  53. THE FREUDIAN WAVE
  54. A BLIZZARD of BEST SELLERS
  55. THE ENGINEERED MESSAGE
  56. MOZART ON THE RUN
  57. THE SEMI-LITERATE SHAKESPEARE
  58. ART: CUBISTS AND KINETICISTS
  59. THE NEURAL INVESTMENT
  60. Part Three: NOVELTY
  61. Chapter 9 THE SCIENTIFIC TRAJECTORY
  62. THE NEW ATLANTIS
  63. SUNLIGHT AND PERSONALITY
  64. THE VOICE OF THE DOLPHIN
  65. THE BIOLOGICAL FACTORY
  66. THE PRE-DESIGNED BODY
  67. THE TRANSIENT ORGAN
  68. THE CYBORGS AMONG US
  69. THE DENIAL OF CHANGE
  70. Chapter 10 THE EXPERIENCE MAKERS
  71. THE PSYCHIC CARE-MIX
  72. "SERVING WENCHES" IN THE SKY
  73. EXPERIENTIAL INDUSTRIES
  74. SIMULATED ENVIRONMENTS
  75. LIVE ENVIRONMENTS
  76. THE ECONOMICS OF SANITY
  77. Chapter 11 THE FRACTURED FAMILY
  78. THE MYSTIQUE OF MOTHERHOOD
  79. THE STREAMLINED FAMILY
  80. BIO-PARENTS AND PRO-PARENTS
  81. COMMUNES AND HOMOSEXUAL DADDIES
  82. THE ODDS AGAINST LOVE
  83. TEMPORARY MARRIAGE
  84. MARRIAGE TRAJECTORIES
  85. THE DEMANDS OF FREEDOM
  86. Part Four: DIVERSITY
  87. Chapter 12 THE ORIGINS OF OVERCHOICE
  88. DESIGN-A-MUSTANG
  89. COMPUTERS AND CLASSROOMS
  90. "DRAG QUEEN" MOVIES
  91. Chapter 13 A SURFEIT OF SUBCULTS
  92. SCIENTISTS AND STOCKBROKERS
  93. THE FUN SPECIALISTS
  94. THE YOUTH GHETTO
  95. MARITAL TRIBES
  96. HIPPIES, INCORPORATED
  97. TRIBAL TURNOVER
  98. THE IGNOBLE SAVAGE
  99. Chapter 14 A DIVERSITY OF LIFE STYLES
  100. MOTORCYCLISTS AND INTELLECTUALS
  101. STYLE-SETTERS AND MINI-HEROES
  102. LIFE STYLE FACTORIES
  103. THE POWER OF STYLE
  104. A SUPERABUNDANCE OF SELVES
  105. THE FREE SOCIETY
  106. Part Five: THE LIMITS OF ADAPTABILITY
  107. Chapter 15 FUTURE SHOCK: THE PHYSICAL DIMENSION
  108. LIFE-CHANGE AND ILLNESS
  109. RESPONSE TO NOVELTY
  110. THE ADAPTIVE REACTION
  111. Chapter 16 FUTURE SHOCK: THE PSYCHOLOGICAL DIMENSION
  112. THE OVERSTIMULATED INDIVIDUAL
  113. BOMBARDMENT OF THE SENSES
  114. INFORMATION OVERLOAD
  115. DECISION STRESS
  116. VICTIMS OF FUTURE SHOCK
  117. THE FUTURE-SHOCKED SOCIETY
  118. Part Six: STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVAL
  119. Chapter 17 COPING WITH TOMORROW
  120. DIRECT COPING
  121. PERSONAL STABILITY ZONES
  122. SITUATIONAL GROUPING
  123. CRISIS COUNSELING
  124. HALF-WAY HOUSES
  125. ENCLAVES OF THE PAST
  126. ENCLAVES OF THE FUTURE
  127. GLOBAL SPACE PAGEANTS
  128. Chapter 18 EDUCATION IN THE FUTURE TENSE
  129. THE INDUSTRIAL ERA SCHOOL
  130. THE NEW EDUCATIONAL REVOLUTION
  131. THE ORGANIZATIONAL ATTACK
  132. YESTERDAYS CURRICULUM TODAY
  133. A DIVERSITY OF DATA
  134. A SYSTEM OF SKILLS
  135. THE STRATEGY OF FUTURENESS
  136. Chapter 19 TAMING TECHNOLOGY
  137. TECHNOLOGICAL BACKLASH
  138. SELECTING CULTURAL STYLES
  139. TRANSISTORS AND SEX
  140. A TECHNOLOGY OMBUDSMAN
  141. THE ENVIRONMENTAL SCREEN
  142. Chapter 20 THE STRATEGY OF SOCIAL FUTURISM
  143. THE DEATH OF TECHNOCRACY
  144. THE HUMANIZATION OF THE PLANNER
  145. TIME HORIZONS
  146. ANTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY
  147. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS


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