ENTROPY by Jeremy Rifkin. Introduction: p. 3 Each day we awake to a world that appears more confused and disordered than the one we left the night before. Entropy: A New World View by Jeremy Rifkin published in by Viking Press. ( with Ted Howard). Once in a great while an idea changes the course of history. I have before me a letter from Jeremy Rifkin, author of Entropy: A New World View. His communication states that “entropy helps explain why we have runaway.

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I find myself puzzling over why Rifkin doesn’t take up Thomas Malthus, nihilism, or atheism in his riifkin discussion of this topic which seem to me to be relevant to someone reminding his readers about the earth’s finite energy resources and the inevitable end of all life on the planet and I guess eventually all life everywhere.

Instead, a work of art must be apprehended as a complex of events, objects and experienceswhich gain their significanceagainst the rich background of institutions and practices in which it appears.

In each of the looselyorganized chapters,the author triestogo into the depth of different problems, and thesometimesartificial grouping is held together through the courageous, if also sometimes one-sided, appreciation of the different phenomena.

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What Entropy Is, and Is Not

Rifkin’s most interesting argument and I get the sense that he doesn’t know it’s his most interesting is that all cultural paradigms are conditioned and defined by the energy source used during that period’s history manual labor to wood to fossil fuels to possibly solar and that transitions between these sources are messy but always produce a new model for how the world works. No hint is given that the far-from-equilibrium world in which we live is governed fntropy different laws than the thermodynamics learned in an introductory physics course.

Gabor Kovacs rated it it was amazing Dec 10, Ragtimes rifki it really liked it May 26, Offers a hard-hitting analysis of world turmoil and its ceaseless predicaments, according to the thermodynamic law of entropy–all energy flows from order to disorder, from the usable to the unusable.

Project MUSE Mission Project Enrropy promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with entgopy, publishers, and scholars worldwide. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Preview — Entropy by Jeremy Rifkin.

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Oct 25, T rated it really liked it. There, the whole presentation relies too much on the narrator, his personality and appearance, in a variety of landscape settings before the camera.

Nov 09, Sara rated it liked rickin Recommended to Sara by: Articles lacking sources from December All articles lacking sources All stub articles. Jeremy Rifkin was ahead of his time with this book. Koch rated it liked it Recommended to E. A Disorderly Lecture If you have remembered every word I’ve said, your memory will have recorded about a hundred and fifty thousand bits of information.

Remember the scene in Apollo 13 when Fred Haise figures eifkin why his calculations keep coming up wrong for how much time the three astronauts have left in the lunar module before they run out of oxygen? Accessible introduction to the issues our generation is well aware of by now. Adequate explanations of social phenomena must refernot onlyto discretephysicaland mental events,but also to the institutions and social structures whichconstitute theframework within which such events acquire their significance.

Aug 14, Yura Park rated etnropy it was amazing. The best thing about this book is that it made me research more about the 2nd law of thermodynamics.

Therefore, Rifkin’s book is controversial. Alfred Knopf, New York, Jun 08, E. This wealth of information issensiblylinked with the particular art forms developing at a given time. Its sloppy pop science presentation to spoon feed concepts to the masses rather than educate them has stuck with me all these years. Time, by the way, ceases once entropy finally reaches a maximum and no more energy can be converted to measure change. Contact Contact Us Help. Want to Read saving….

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We watch our friends get old and die. James rated it really liked it Jul 17, This article is adapted from his book Mayonnaise and the Origin of Life Berkley paperback, After the rather refined eleganceof Kenneth Clark, Hughes, inhisgenial,but slightlydisheveled manner, is less rifkih.

No eBook available Amazon. The authors argue that humanity is wasting resources at an increasing rate, and that will lead to the destruction of our c Non-fiction book by Jeremy Rifkin and Ted Howard, with an Afterword by Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen.

While Rubinstein does not consider the arts specifically, careful readers interested in art will not fail to notice that his account of the character of social phenomena has an intriguing application toworks of art.

American economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political advisor, and activist. It did have a few things in it I used to support my thesis, but I would not recommend this book to anyone. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Giulietta rated it really liked it Jun 21, It’s an interesting book, especially to read it now in since it was written in Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Feb 02, Sol Salinas rated it it was amazing. It’s amazing when a book has that effect. Yi Ingu rated it it was amazing Jul 12, Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Now things have changed, and on the cocktail party circuit we hear of entropy in art, entropy in economics, entropy in urban decay, and other erudite-sounding applications.

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In short, entropy is being made a code word to explain every political idea Rifkin wishes to propound. Views Read Edit View history.