The Age of the Unthinkable

The Age of the Unthinkable

Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us and What We Can Do About It

Book - 2009
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Drawing upon history, economics, complexity theory, human immunology, psychology, and his own extraordinary experiences, Ramo delivers a brilliant new paradigm for understanding the dangerous--and dangerously unpredictable--new global order.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316118088
Branch Call Number: 973.931 R1471a 2009
Characteristics: 279 p. ; 24 cm


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Jul 05, 2011

This book tries hard to establish a thesis about disorder in an interconnected world. The analogy is a pile of sand. Adding more grains of sand will eventually cause a landslide - but when this happens is unpredictable.

There is some very interesting anecdotal material: the author can draw on interviews with professors and terrorists. But ultimately this book struggles with its conclusion: complex systems can be unpredictable, but proving a negative is, as might be imagined, unsatisfying and impossible.

Jan 20, 2011

entertaining and enlightening. I am a daily consumer of news but Ramo brings points of view and issues into focus.


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