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Wisdom Books: Technological Slavery by Theodore J. Kaczynski

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Theodore Kaczynski saw violent collapse as the only way to bring down the techno-industrial system, and in more than a decade of mail bomb terror he killed three people and injured 23 others.

One does not need to support the actions that landed Kaczynski in supermax prison to see the value of his essays disabusing the notion of heroic technology while revealing the manner in which it is destroying the planet.

For the first time, readers will have an uncensored personal account of his anti-technology philosophy, including a corrected version of the notorious “Unabomber Manifesto,”Kaczynski’s critique of anarcho-primitivism, and essays regarding “The Coming Revolution.”

Dr. David Skrbina, who teaches philosophy at the University of Michigan, Dearborn, provides fascinating excerpts from his correspondence with the man he calls “a revolutionary for our times.” Theodore J. Kaczynski does not receive remuneration for this book.

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Quotes of Wisdom: Henry Miller on Man’s Illusion of Being God

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We devise astounding means of communication, but do we communicate with one another? We move our bodies to and fro at incredible speeds, but do we really leave the spot we started from? Mentally, morally, spiritually, we are fettered. What have we achieved in mowing down mountain ranges, harnessing the energy of mighty rivers, or moving whole populations about like chess pieces, if we ourselves remain the same restless, miserable, frustrated creatures we were before? To call such activity progress is utter delusion. We may succeed in altering the face of the earth until it is unrecognizable even to the Creator, but if we are unaffected wherein lies the meaning?

~ Henry Miller

Wisdom Books: The Ascent of Humanity by Charles Eisenstein

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Charles Eisenstein explores the history and potential future of civilization, tracing the converging crises of our age to the illusion of the separate self. In this landmark book, Eisenstein explains how a disconnection from the natural world and one another is built into the foundations of civilization: into science, religion, money, technology, medicine, and education as we know them. As a result, each of these institutions faces a grave and growing crisis, fueling our near-pathological pursuit of technological fixes even as we push our planet to the brink of collapse.

Fortunately, an Age of Reunion is emerging out of the birth pangs of an earth in crisis. As our old constructs of self and world dissolve in crisis, we are entering a new narrative of interbeing, a more expansive sense of self, and a more ecological relationship to nature. Our darkest hour bears the possibility of a more beautiful world—not through the extension of millennia-old methods of management and control but by fundamentally reimagining ourselves and our systems. Breathtaking in its scope and intelligence, The Ascent of Humanity is a remarkable book showing what it truly means to be human.

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Enlightening Lectures: Neil Postman – The Surrender of Culture to Technology

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A lecture delivered by Neil Postman on Mar. 11, 1997 in the Arts Center. Based on the author’s book of the same title. Neil Postman notes the dependence of Americans on technological advances for their own security. Americans have come to expect technological innovations to solve the larger problems of mankind. Technology itself has become a national “religion” which people take on faith as the solution to their problems. Includes questions from the audience.

Educational Interviews: Neil Postman – Are We Amusing Ourselves to Death?

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Neil Postman examines the ways in which television has transformed public discourse–in politics, education, religion, science, and elsewhere–into a form of entertainment that undermines exposition, explanation and knowledge.

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