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Mood Matters

From Rising Skirt Lengths to the Collapse of World Powers

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This book argues that all social events ranging from music and art to the rise and fall of civilizations are biased by a society’s positive or negative attitude. It includes many examples plus methods used to measure societal moods and predict the future.

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Titel: Mood Matters
Autoren/Herausgeber: John L Casti
Ausgabe: 2010

ISBN/EAN: 9783642048340

Seitenzahl: 250
Format: 23,5 x 15,5 cm
Produktform: Hardcover/Gebunden
Gewicht: 578 g
Sprache: Englisch

John L. Casti is a Senior Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria, where he works on the development of early-warning methods for extreme events in human society. He is also the co-founder of The Kenos Circle, a Vienna-based society for exploration of the future, and author of the previous bestselling volumes, Paradigms Lost, Would-Be Worlds and The Cambridge Quintet. He lives in Vienna.

"Mood Matters" makes the radical assertion that all social events ranging from fashions in music and art to the rise and fall of civilizations are biased by the attitudes a society holds toward the future. When the "social mood" is positive and people look forward to the future, events of an entirely different character tend to occur than when society is pessimistic. The book presents many examples from every walk of life in support of this argument. In addition, methods are given to actually measure the social mood and to project it into the future in order to forecast what’s likely or not over varying periods of time. Casti's writing is a pleasure to read and its contents an eye-opener."They [the chapters] tell an engrossing story, and the mystery heightens as it goes. . . . it's chatty and knowing." Greg Benford, Physicist and science-fiction writer, author of "Timescape" and "Deep Time""I am struck by how thought-provoking it all is. I am sure that your book will draw a lot of attention" Tor Norretranders, Science writer, author of "The Generous Man" and "The User Illusion".

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