Jun 20 2011

Why the West Rules…: A Book Recap

Why the West Rules – for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future is a phenomenal book if you enjoy the History Channel or Discovery’s Planet Earth series. If this isn’t you, then you should stop here and go back to watching TMZ.

The book tracks what the author defines as social development from 14,000 BC until the present, followed up by some reasonable predictions for the future. It can be dry at times but much more often than not it’s a very interesting and insightful read. Here are my main takeaways:

  • Human beings are lazy, greedy and frightened animals.
  • They are constantly looking for easier, more profitable and safer ways to do things.
  • This search fuels innovation and growth in regards to social development.
  • A specific time and place gets the thought that it needs for that time and place.
  • The most important factor for determining why the West currently rules and why anyone has ruled at a given time is geography.
  • The West’s reign may or may not be overtaken within the next 100 years.
  • Social development is exponentially higher now than at any other point in history.
  • The next 50-100 years (leading up to the singularity) might possibly be the most important and exciting times in the history of the human race.

In conclusion, this is my conclusive sentence. Consider this book recap concluded.


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