Chapters & Articles

Book chapters
Part 1: Ingenuity has its price
  1. They saw it coming - introduction to the book's themes
  2. Hostile environments - how humans came to see the world as a hostile place
  3. Ingenuity and Inertia - with innovations come obstacles
  4. Separated from living things - the concept of man as distinct from the natural world
  5. Historical trajectories - evolution of the rise, decline and fall of social entities
  6. Reconcilable differences - how the division between humans and nature is harmful, yet reconcilable
  7. Forward and backward - insulating humans from their natural environment sows the seeds of societal collapse

Part 2: The solution

  1. A two-sided story - neurological support for the fact of mental specialization
  2. Playing God - the self-referencing realm of science and technology fosters notions of irreproachability
  3. Excuses, excuses - rational methods can be put to any use; they are not a guarantee of accuracy
  4. A Fork in the road - excessive mental specialization gives rise to the failure of ingenuity
  5. Audacious and brilliant intuitions - the most creative scientists have often relied on intuition
  6. Nurturing Genius - "The genius creates good ideas because we all create good ideas" - S. Pinker
  7. Resilient adaptations - human resilience argues that societal collapse, and the failure of ingenuity can be avoided
  8. Afterthought (electronic edition)
Articles (random)




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"The Progress Trap - and how to avoid it" Copyright Daniel O'Leary, registered at
the Copyright Office, Consumer and Corporate Affairs, Canada on April 5, 1991 (ref 405917)