Slowdown by Danny Dorling audiobook

Slowdown: The End of the Great Acceleration-and Why It’s Good for the Planet, the Economy, and Our Lives

By Danny Dorling
Read by Liam Gerrard

Tantor Audio 9780300243406

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665199414

  • ISBN: 9781665199407

  • ISBN: 9781665199421

Runtime: 12.18 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Business & Economics
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A powerful and counterintuitive argument that we should welcome the current slowdown—of population growth, economies, and technological innovation

Drawing from an incredibly rich trove of global data, this groundbreaking book reveals that human progress has been slowing down since the early 1970s. Danny Dorling uses compelling visualizations to illustrate how fertility rates, growth in GDP per person, increases in life expectancy, and even the frequency of new social movements have all steadily declined over the last few generations.

Perhaps most surprising of all is the fact that even as new technologies frequently reshape our everyday lives and are widely believed to be propelling our civilization into new and uncharted waters, the rate of technological progress is also rapidly dropping. Rather than lament this turn of events, Dorling embraces it as a moment of promise and a move toward stability, and he notes that many of the older great strides in progress that have defined recent history also brought with them widespread warfare, divided societies, and massive inequality.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

The complex material, combined with his rapid delivery, makes it hard, at first, for the author's focus to become clear. But it's a friendly performance, notable for Gerrard's beguiling mix of boyish charm and enthusiasm. AudioFile
“Blinded by a cult of progress, many of us can’t see the slowdown that Dorling makes clear. A true public intellectual, he shows that, if we survive, life will be slower—and possibly better.” Paul Chatterton, author of Unlocking Sustainable Cities:
“Dorling’s thought-provoking findings, fears, and hopes for the future are an excellent introduction for both students and a wider audience interested in the consequences of shifting demographics.” Library Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Danny Dorling

Author Bio: Danny Dorling

Danny Dorling is the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. His books include Inequality and the 1% and The Equality Effect. With others, he created the website worldmapper.org, a digital collection of demographic maps.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Business & Economics
Runtime: 12.18
Audience: Adult
Language: English