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Speed Limits: Where Time Went and Why We Have So Little Left
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Yale Univ Pr
Publication date October 27, 2015
Pages 396
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780300216790
ISBN-10 0300216793
Dimensions 1 by 7.25 by 10.25 in.
Weight 1.20 lbs.
Original list price $22.00
Other format details university press
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A leading thinker asks why “faster” is synonymous with “better” in our hurried world and suggests how to take control of our runaway lives

We live in an ever-accelerating world: faster computers, markets, food, fashion, product cycles, minds, bodies, kids, lives.  When did everything start moving so fast? Why does speed seem so inevitable?  Is faster always better?

Drawing together developments in religion, philosophy, art, technology, fashion, and finance, Mark C. Taylor presents an original and rich account of a great paradox of our times: how the very forces and technologies that were supposed to free us by saving time and labor now trap us in a race we can never win. The faster we go, the less time we have, and the more we try to catch up, the farther behind we fall.  Connecting our speed-obsession with today’s global capitalism, he composes a grand narrative showing how commitments to economic growth and extreme competition, combined with accelerating technological innovation, have brought us close to disaster.  Psychologically, environmentally, economically, and culturally, speed is taking a profound toll on our lives.

By showing how the phenomenon of speed has emerged, Taylor offers us a chance to see our pace of life as the product of specific ideas, practices, and policies.  It’s not inevitable or irreversible.  He courageously and movingly invites us to imagine how we might patiently work towards a more deliberative life and sustainable world.


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Hardcover
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from Yale Univ Pr (October 28, 2014)
9780300206470 | details & prices | 396 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.55 lbs | List price $28.50
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from Yale Univ Pr (October 27, 2015)
9780300216790 | details & prices | 396 pages | 7.25 × 10.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $22.00
About: A leading thinker asks why “faster” is synonymous with “better” in our hurried world and suggests how to take control of our runaway lives We live in an ever-accelerating world: faster computers, markets, food, fashion, product cycles, minds, bodies, kids, lives.
With John Brunner | from Ballantine Books (June 1, 1980); titled "The Infinitive of Go"
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