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The Retro Future


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Preface One: The End of Progress Two: The Delusion of Control Three: Going Forward by Going Back Four: The Heresy of Technological Choice Five: Seven Sustainable Technologies Six: Mentats Wanted, Will Train Seven: The Butlerian Carnival Eight: The Future of Civilization Notes Bibliography Index

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About the Author

John Michael Greer is a scholar of ecological history, an award-winning author and an internationally renowned Peak Oil theorist whose blog, "The Archdruid Report," has become one of the most widely cited online resources dealing with the future of industrial society. He is a certified Master Conserver, an organic gardener, and has been active in the alternative spirituality movement for more than 25 years. John lives in Cumberland, MD.


[John Michael Greer's] new book is just loaded with powerful phrases, like this one: "a great many people these days seem to have lost the ability to grasp that the other side can learn." ... He says the state of breakdown called "Dark Ages" may be our natural state. In any case, if things are falling apart, Greer suggests seven basic technologies that we could take with us, that we should all learn to preserve so that intelligent and necessary ideas can continue. These include basics like the printing press and intensive organic gardening - which can operate without fossil fuels or electricity, if need be. The book is packed with ideas. - Alex Smith, Radio Ecoshock

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