I am a policy analyst dealing with clean energy and the environment and find this book to be very uplifting that we can indeed meet the challenges of this new century. By synthesizing his impressions and personal research, Pollan sifts through many of these more remarkable claims to clarify what really is being proposed, and the likelihood of us readers eventually seeing real evidence in the pages of scientific journals.
In fact, it has been largely put together by Jennifer Leonard, one of the students from the inaugural year of the Institute without Boundaries a newly established postgraduate education programme whereby students spend a full year in the Mau studio.
I am not sure what happened between Mau and Kwinter, but the latter is almost completely absent from this volume. The book is well-organized and beautiful to look at. His answers are complicated, but his findings have scientists reimagining how the brain produces consciousness.
Sitting down to read this cover to cover is more frustrating than enjoyable because of its lack This book tries to motivate society to think of the entirety of humanity when faced with an objective. But even the best guesses our brains make are not always correct, and mental illnesses such as depression and addiction may result from getting stuck in these thought ruts.
Griffiths is now involved in experiments at multiple institutions besides Hopkins NYU, UCLApicking up the torch of psychedelic research from where it was prematurely halted and demonstrating to modern scientific standards how valuable therapeutically-guided psychedelic experiences can be for a range of disorders, from sufferers of addiction to those faced with the existential distress of a terminal diagnosis.
Architects, artists, designers, engineers, students, maybe everyone This is a hugely important book to me. Fortunately for us, his well-honed bullshit detector pings when appropriate, helping to distinguish evidence-based facts from the rumors and conspiracies which swirl endlessly around the topic.
What was once truly refreshing is becoming stale. Massive Change is, I am sorry to say, a much less compelling read. The book is strikingly personal and, even without using psychedelics to treat any specific disease, by the end Pollan has adopted the same awed tones used by patients, researchers, and advocates he interviews who believe that these hallucinogens are the keys to understanding and salvation.
It was, and still is an absolute must-read for me. Visionaries Our world is changing ever more rapidly and at ever larger scale. This book could be my mentor in design. The themes are important: It made me want to learn more. There are interviews with people who are prominent in various areas of industrial design and related fields.
I can think of two explanations for the intellectual and stylistic flaccidity exhibited in this volume. Psychedelics are still illegal and culturally stigmatized, but there appears to be change on the horizon.
However you may personally define that tricky piece of business, he does do a remarkable job convincing us these devotees may be on to something, interweaving their modern success stories with the history and science of this class of substances. He recognizes that as individuals and a culture, we all occasionally need to adjust our consciousness, to shift our mental state for specific benefits, whether therapeutic or spiritual, and he now believes psychedelics may serve as the tools enabling this growth.
Exactly why these drugs caused such a moral panic in the s is a complicated question with social, cultural, and historical overtones. Our brains are driven by survival instincts to constantly seek order, sometimes imposing patterns where there are none, Pollan explains. Pollan starts out as green to the topic as his readers, and he walks us through some very high-minded publications.
By the way, the short interviews are printed on glaringly yellow pages, which I find positively ugly. More of a coffee table book than anything, this book will only function in that setting. What remains is the suave message that technological progress - shaped and harnessed by design - will be able to solve all our problems if we only want it to.
Minimal depth, quick interviews, large photos with brief motivational statements. Ultimately Mau is trying to perform the binding of many fields together in one book under the title of design. Jun 27, Pierre rated it it was amazing Recommends it for:So, although Mau's name figures prominently on the cover, inside we learn that the Institute led the research, development, design and production of Massive Change.
I can't recommend this volume. "Massive Change" is a missed opportunity. With color and 50 b&w photos in a fractally chaotic layout, and a text that speaks in affirmative sound bites, this book offers a vision of the world in a package designed to get readers excited about stoves that burn peanut shells, superlight gels that can protect flowers from flame, and plants and microbes that turn open sewers into water supplies.
Books ultimedescente.com - Massive Change is a modern illustrated primer on the new inventions, technologies, and events that are affecting the human race worldwide/5(11).
Massive Change is structured in a pick up and glance format (which I didn't know going in, I assume the format was intentional?). Minimal depth, quick interviews, large photos with brief motivational statements. More of a coffee table book than anything, this book will only function in that setting/5.
Massive Change is an exhibition and book by designer Bruce Mau and the Institute without Boundaries. Purpose. The exhibition, which was commissioned by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Review of Massive Change by Kathleen McLean.
“Massive Change” is an interview collection whose participants stretch the bounds of the title ‘designer.’ From bio-chemists to city planners to military generals, “Massive Change” spares no corner for design to hide in.Download