The Ingenuity Gap

The Ingenuity Gap The most persuasive forecast of the st century I have seen E O Wilson author of Consilience The Unity of Knowledge and twice winner of a Pulitzer prize Human beings have been smart enough to turn n

  • Title: The Ingenuity Gap
  • Author: Thomas Homer-Dixon
  • ISBN: 9780224050531
  • Page: 453
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  • The most persuasive forecast of the 21st century I have seen E.O Wilson, author of Consilience The Unity of Knowledge and twice winner of a Pulitzer prize Human beings have been smart enough to turn nature to their ends, generate vast wealth for themselves, and double their average life span But are they smart enough to solve the problems of the 21st century The most persuasive forecast of the 21st century I have seen E.O Wilson, author of Consilience The Unity of Knowledge and twice winner of a Pulitzer prize Human beings have been smart enough to turn nature to their ends, generate vast wealth for themselves, and double their average life span But are they smart enough to solve the problems of the 21st century Thomas Homer DixonCan we create ideas fast enough to solve the very problems environmental, social, and technological we ve created Homer Dixon pinpoints the ingenuity gap as the critical problem we face today, and tackles it in a riveting, groundbreaking examination of a world that is rapidly exceeding our intellectual grasp.In The Ingenuity Gap, Thomas Homer Dixon, global guru the Toronto Star , genuine academic celebrity Saturday Night and one of Canada s most talked about and controversial scholars Maclean s asks is our world becoming too complex, too fast paced to manage The challenges facing us ranging from international financial crises and global climate change to pandemics of tuberculosis and AIDS converge, intertwine, and remain largely beyond our ken Most of suspect the experts don t really know what s going on that as a species we ve released forces that are neither managed nor manageable We are fast approaching a time when we may no longer be able to control a world that increasingly exceeds our grasp This is the ingenuity gap the term coined by Thomas Homer Dixon, political scientist and advisor to the White House the critical gap between our need for practical, innovative ideas to solve complex problems and our actual supply of those ideas.Through gripping narrative stories and incidents that exemplify his arguments, he takes us on a world tour that begins with a heartstopping description of the tragic crash of United Airlines Flight 232 from Denver to Chicago and includes Las Vegas in its desert, a wilderness beach in British Columbia, and his solitary search for a little girl in Patna, India He shows how, in our complex world, while poor countries are particularly vulnerable to ingenuity gaps, our own rich countries are not immune, and we are caught dangerously between a soaring requirement for ingenuity and an increasingly uncertain supply When the gap widens, political disintegration and violent upheaval can result, reaching into our own economies and daily lives in subtle ways In compelling, lucid, prose, he makes real the problems we face and suggests how we might overcome them in our own lives, our thing, our business and our societies.

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    1. Thomas Homer-Dixon Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the The Ingenuity Gap book, this is one of the most wanted Thomas Homer-Dixon author readers around the world.

    2. Un extraordinaire tour de force. Homer-Dixon nous entraîne dans une explication d'une érudition sans borne dans le cycle de complexification de nos vies et dans la distance de plus en plus grande entre notre capacité de comprendre et de réparer les choses qui nous entourent.Il le fait en entrelaçant ses récits d'une métaphore avec la chute de l'empire romain qui laisse pantois.Un des meilleurs essais que j'aie lu, point final.

    3. A long, deep look at how mankind may not be quite intelligent enough to deal with the world's problems, The Ingenuity Gap puts forward strong arguments for us not being able to overcome hyper-complexity, unknown unknowns, environmental disaster and other difficulties, particularly considering most of the world does not have the technological sophistication and political stability of 'the West.' Dixon makes strong arguments against economic optimists who assume that man will conquer all, and alth [...]

    4. I read this book many years ago and it shaped a lot of my thinking around humanity, creativity and the future. The basic premise is that we're not smart enough to deal with some of the problems we have created for ourselves - we simply don't have enough synaptic connections in our grey matter to avert disaster. It was written before 9/11, and in some ways it has been chillingly on the nose in its predictions of how the first few decades of the 21st century would unfold.The author does offer some [...]

    5. Thomas Homer-Dixon is one of the smartest people I've ever heard or read, grasping key concerns from every discipline and arraying them together in a systematic whole. Here, he presents this work in a stunning array, bringing together complex systems theory with every global problem and potential promise in a stunning array. However, in all of these fireworks of cleverness, there seems to be a kind of basic neglect of some more basic knowledge about current issues. The clear challenge of potenti [...]

    6. A very interesting book I read after the recommendation of my wife's prof. Far reaching in it's implications I found myself looking at the implications of his ideas in my own fields of interest.Homer Dixon's central premise is that we have reached a time in history where the gap between the complexity of the problems we have and our ability to produce the possible solutions is now at its widest. Human's ingenuity is our ability to solve the problems but we have reached a period where we cannot s [...]

    7. i dont't know what to say about this book. it spelled out too many things. too much for my head to hold, even in its simplified form. it tried to be hopeful, without misleading. it did not succeedink about that. we alll thought people would pay attention to this book becuase he was a reocgnised scholar. it was not the case the beginning, i might have wondered why so many cities were planning on their own, without and support from on higher up. bit i dont any longer.but right then in 2001, i just [...]

    8. I enjoyed reading Homer-Dixon's other manuscripts, not much this one. The title itself is insulting and Homer-Dixon has not convinced me of humanity's lack of ingenuity in getting out of his "current" complex problems. The world has always been complex to humanity at all time and all "space" (not new) and has dealt with it with "ingenuity". We will get out of the "global warming" problems, not doubt. Does the author knows what "Complex Adaptive System" means? Ask the tiny ant and its colony! Con [...]

    9. Very interesting book that attempts to deal with a very complex set of issues. Homer-Dixon treats it as a voyage of discovery, which I am sure it was for him and which it can be for us, as we read his book. He develops his ideas of ingenuity and an "ingenuity gap" in regards to world scale problems, whole societies, etc but the concepts are just as applicable at the smaller scale of our own lives or of the work that we do.

    10. The concepts introduced in this book equipped me to think critically about the most pressing problems facing our society. We like to think that competitive pressure somehow spurs ingenuity. History does not provide evidence for that kind of causal relationship. Ingenuity is something essentially human. It is not possible to force someone to "be ingenious". The seeds of that process are much more subtle than we want to admit.

    11. The author roams the world and asserts that it has become too complex for anybody to understand, environmentally, technologically, economically and politically. He has no substantial evidence for this assertion; the world is obviously complex now, but was it less complex 100 years ago? Look at the official title of Franz Joseph I.

    12. Homer-Dixon's book places both the blame and the responsibility for resource scarcity on the developing world, basing his ideas on a faulty premise of "natural human ingenuity" as a solution for the strain on the environment that he characterizes as exacerbated by poor countries. His tone is condescending, his thinking narrow, and his conclusion insulting.

    13. A very important book about the complexity of human socio-environmental-technological systems and the possibility of system collapse where we have a shortage of ingenuity to manage the increasingly complex systems we've created and impacted. This book strongly impacted my way of thinking about the world and the direction of my life since reading it.

    14. This book has stood out in mind ever since I read it. I started it while on a plane readying for take off for a long flight. Those who have read the opening chapter will understand the irony. I have been meaning to come back and read this book over again. But every time I buy a copy I wind up giving it away. I came away from the book optimistic myself.

    15. Similar to Malcolm Gladwell books, in challenging common assumptions about how things do work, compared to how people think they work. A clear statement of why we are doing more multi-disciplinary work, why it is difficult, but also why it is important.Difficult in areas where the tone gets a bit too dry, in between the exciting anecdotes and stories.

    16. The Ingenuity Gap is the metaphorical distance between the number of societal problems we face and the number of solutions humanity develops to deal with said problems. Which will grow faster, the number of problems or the number of solutions?

    17. It has been a few years now since I read this book. That said it is one that I think of often, and one of the few non-fiction books that I have read more than once. The information is this book was fabulous, the presentation was engaging, and the content was thought provoking.

    18. How can we solve the problems of the future?????Is our Wold becoming to complex, and too fast-paced????This book basically answerers the above questions in details.If your into Global-Warming and want to make a changeAD IT

    19. Some really interesting ideas here, but the thesis gets lost (repeatedly) inside a meandering travelogue. (I understand that he's attempting to use the cities as metaphors for his arguments, but he's not a good enough writer to pull it off.) This was kind of a chore to get through.

    20. An excellent introduction to Chaos theory applied in an interdisciplinary study of the effect of man on the environment and himself.

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