Our Molecular Future By Douglas Mulhall
- Our Molecular Future
How Nanotechnology, Robotics, Genetics, and Artificial Intelligence Will
Transform Our World
By Douglas Mulhall
Hard Cover: $28
Title of Chapter 11:
"An Elephant in the Room of Environmentalism"
The press release boldly claims this new book will be to the 21st century
what Alvin Toffler's Future Shock was to the 20th. I wouldn't go so far. I
might even suspect that the comparison might deter some folks from paying
closer attention. Future Shock was sheer populism... this book is more
attuned to an update on last year's Materials Matter from MIT Press, but
with a "fringe" spin.
It's a Prometheus book after all, and we know how they love to rant on
anything even remotely "strange" and keep close association with Skeptic
groups. Our Molecular Future quotes generously from Skeptic magazine...
But maybe the editors at Prometheus didn't read the book all the way
through... The author actually dedicates a chapter to giving credence to
recent theories that ancient civilizations may have been around a lot longer
than previously carbon-dated, and mentions all the usual Prometheus suspects
like Graham Hancock & Christopher Dunn.
You see, back in 1994 Douglas Mulhall had an epiphany watching
Shoemaker-Levy-9 slam into Jupiter. Up until then he had been a staunch
environmentalist with a stellar green record of International activism. What
was it all for if a comet could just come along and destroy all the good
he'd been trying to do to "Save The Planet". What was the point?
This book is the result. It's the techno-fix answer to the alarmist rantings
of Art Bell, Whitley Streiber, and all the other global warming panic
mongers which he calls "disaster porn".
Nanotechnology could be our saving grace, the new tool to give us the means
to protect ourselves from the next planetary calamity, and preserve the
species, unlike previous decimated civilizations.
But he stays clear from occult Nazis who claim the remnants of past eras are
now comfortably settled inside the earth, only sporadically visiting in
UFOs, once and for all protected from the precarious and temperamental
elements of the surface. :)
The book is a strange mix of solid science and serious commentary about
extraordinarily strong new materials, from a man with a prolific background
as an environmental journalist, and a sudden realization that the
environmental mission needs to be redefined to meet modern challenges.
From the publisher's website:
From the author's website:
“ ‘Impossible’ science that can change our daily lives and thwart
earth-threatening natural catastrophes—the stuff of a dozen Hollywood
thrillers? … [Mulhall’s] meticulously researched and concisely written text
is the thinking person’s guide to the new century.”
—Eric Orbom, Hollywood art director and set designer for such films as
Future World, Spawn, and Deep Impact
"This is a vital book for those who care about the environment, society and
deploying new technology to check the destructive power of humankind."—Allan
Thornton, President, Environmental Investigation Agency, Washington, DC.,
and recipient of the Albert Schweitzer Medal
“This book will shake conventional environmental wisdom to its roots. … A
landmark work that should be read by environmentalists and businesspersons
alike.”—Patrick Moore, cofounder, Greenpeace; president, Greenspirit
Jill Maxick - 800.853.75.45
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Lots more links from that url to other related organizations.
This is the selection for Nanotechnology dedicated media...
Nanotech Investor newsletter http://www.nanotechinvesting.com
NanoTechnology Magazine http://www.nanozine.com
Nanotech News.com http://www.nanotechnews.com
Nanotech Planet http://www.nanotechplanet.com
Small Times http://www.smalltimes.com
Douglas Mulhall was Managing Director of the Hamburg Environmental
Institute, a scientific assessment organization. He co-founded the first
Brazilian institute, 'O Instituto Ambiental', to be devoted exclusively to
water recycling. His hands-on work with natural disaster preparedness came
from co-designing, building, and operating water recycling and flood control
facilities in China and Brazil, in cooperation with the European Commission
and multinational companies.
He was a contributing author to the first book about Green Business to be
published by Financial Times/Pitman. He co-authored many related works
including: the first green technology concept for the 2000 World Exposition;
some of the first Intelligent Product Guidelines for industry -
http://www.epea.com/english/ips.html - a team led by Michael Braungart (who
co-authored Cradle to Cradle with William McDonough), and the Guide to
Tropical Wastewater Recycling published by the European Commission.
His articles have been published by a transcontinental spectrum of respected
publishers including: Die Zeit and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in
Germany, Globo in Brazil, and Water, Environment & Technology and Futures
Research Quarterly in the U.S.A.