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Slowdown
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Slowdown
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Yale University Press

Slowdown

Danny Dorling

Hardback

9780300243406

 

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

 

The end of our high-growth world was underway well before COVID-19 arrived. In this powerful and timely argument, Danny Dorling demonstrates the benefits of a larger, ongoing societal slowdown

 

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, 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.

 

Contents

 

1 - To Worry: Imaginatively

2 - The Slowing Down: Of Almost Everything

3 - Debt: A Decelerating Sign of the Slowdown

4 - Data: The Deluge of Less and Less That Is New

5 - Climate: Industry, War, Carbon, and Chaos

6 - Temperature: The Catastrophic Exception

7 - Demographics: Hitting the Population Brakes

8 - Fertility: The Greatest Slowdown of All Time

9 - Economics: Stabilizing Standards of Living

10 - Geopolitics: In an Age of Slowdown

11 - Life: After the Great Acceleration

12 - People: Cognition and Catfish

Appendix: How to Read and Draw a Timeline 

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