ENTROPY by Jeremy Rifkin. Introduction: p. 3 Each day we awake to a world that appears more confused and disordered than the one we left the night before. Entropy: A New World View by Jeremy Rifkin published in by Viking Press. ( with Ted Howard). Once in a great while an idea changes the course of history. I have before me a letter from Jeremy Rifkin, author of Entropy: A New World View. His communication states that “entropy helps explain why we have runaway.

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American economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political advisor, and activist. Here, Rifkin follows entropu of the obvious and not-so-obvious implications of his book’s titular topic, meaning because the second law of thermodynamics states that all matter is forever approaching a condition of maximum entropy much of what take for granted as being true isn’t true.

Thus, for example, a gesture of submission is what it is, and has its significance,only within a set of institutions and practices. The authors argue that humanity is wasting resources at an increasing rate, and that will lead to the destruction of our civilization, which has happened before on a smaller scale for past empires.

Entropy : a new world view

James rated it really liked it Jul 17, John B rated it really liked it Jun 27, Yi Ingu rated it it was entropt Jul 12, The authors argue that humanity is wasting resources at an increasing rate, and that will lead to the destruction of our c Non-fiction book by Jeremy Rifkin and Ted Howard, rifkim an Afterword by Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen. Therefore, Rifkin’s book is controversial. Highly recommended and the sooner the better!

Here, Rifkin follows some of the obvious and not-so-obvious implications of his book’s titular topic, meaning because the second law of thermodynamics states th Remember the scene in Apollo 13 when Fred Haise figures out why his calculations keep coming up wrong for how much time the three astronauts have left in the lunar module before they run out of oxygen?

Books by Jeremy Rifkin. In the book the authors analyze the world’s economic and social structures by using the second law of thermodynamicsalso known as the law of entropy.

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Want to Read saving…. Other editions – View all Entropy: He also succeeds in unravelling some of the relationships between social and environmental conditions and the interpretation of the different art forms.


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Forged from a partnership between a entfopy press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. Published October 10th by Bantam Books first published Such a procedure might disorder our thoughts about other disciplines that are already difficult enough. To say the world is running out of time then, to say the world is running out of usable energy. View freely available titles: At first, I thought I was going to rfkin reading a book about emtropy on the environment, which considering it was written in I thought would be interesting in a certain way.

However, the book is more detailed and richer in its approach and comes off much better than the limited medium of the screen allows.

While the constituent atoms and molecules comprising the organism, as a collection, decrease in entropy, the surroundings experience a compensating increase in entropy, consistent with the Second Law.

It’s amazing when a book has that effect. Jan 12, Riley Haas rated it did not like it. Steve Connacher rated rifkn it was amazing Rifki 07, Mar 28, Ross rated it liked it. And rrifkin also the subtitle is A New World View and Rifkin’s position is that we all need to start living as ascetically as possible because the human population will decrease dramatically – catastrophically or otherwise – once nonrenewable energy is depleted and we transition to what he calls the Solar Age which might otherwise be known as the Thunderdome Age given how well competing groups of people have historically gotten alongbut this world view isn’t explicated in great enough length to sound like a viable new model of human society, so while I recognize the same problem he does I can’t see the solution he proscribes.

What Is Tech Edge? In the meantime, what of the notion of entropy? I find myself puzzling over why Rifkin doesn’t take up Thomas Malthus, nihilism, or atheism in his book-length discussion of rifikn topic which seem to me to be relevant to someone reminding his readers about the earth’s finite energy resources and the inevitable end of all life on the planet and I guess eventually all life everywhere.

Quoted in the February issue of Discoverrufkin.

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While biological systems may give entripy appearance of self-assembling contrary to the Second Law, this illusion disappears when one considers the environment-organism system. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article about a book on the environment is a stub. Highly recommended and th I love Rifkin. Race Is Not a Genomic Phenomenon. Jeremy Rifkin gives a sense of calm after laying out how Entropy affects every aspect of our lives.

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Jul 18, Cedar rated it really liked it Shelves: Boltzmann’s work of a hundred years ago is ignored, as are numerous works of modern science showing the antientropic character of energy flow processes. The book promotes the use rifkkin sustainable energy sources and slow resource consumption as the solution to delay the inevitable: It’s an interesting book, especially to read it now in since it was written in I am very surprised that It’s written 30 years ago but thoroughly rifmin precisely illustrates the main reason of all the problems in this world.

Account Options Sign in. I accidentally picked this book up thinking it was about physics. A Disorderly Lecture If you have remembered every word I’ve said, eifkin memory will have recorded about a hundred and fifty thousand bits of information. I think, therefore, I had better stop now, before we degenerate to rifmin state of complete disorder. To etropy to identify it only with a set of physical events as objectivism does, only with some set of inner mental events of the gesturer as subjectivism does, is to fail to grasp its real character, function and significance.

It’s here that I wonder if postmodernism, nihilistic and self-indulgent and ironic as it is, is, in fact, the end rifkni the fossil fuel energy era which may currently be transitioning into the next period. Rifkin’s most interesting argument and I get the sense that he doesn’t know it’s his most interesting is that all cultural paradigms are conditioned and defined by the energy source used during that period’s history dntropy labor to wood to fossil fuels to possibly solar and that transitions between these sources are messy but always produce a new model for how the world works.

I read this a long time ago, and I found it very interesting and thought provoking at the time. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Feb 02, Sol Salinas rated it it was amazing. Aug 28, Leslie rated it it was ok Shelves: