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RAND's list of 50 books about the future

The RAND Corporation's Pardee Center published their list of "50 Books

for Thinking About the Future Human Condition." (They admit that it's

"a Western-centric look at the future.") The list is divided into

various themes and categories, like Global Governance, Health,

Geographical Regions, Technology, Human Development, etc. It's a pretty

amazing collection of titles. As the nerdy but true t-shirt says, "so

many books, so little time." The following recommendations are from the

"Wild Cards" category. I can vouch that the first book is fantastic.

Benyus, Janine, Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, New York: Perennial, 2002. ISBN 0060533226

Kurzweil, Ray and Terry Grossman, Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever, Emmaus, Pa.: Rodale, 2004. ISBN 1-57954-954-3. Selected chapters also available online from

Hostetler, John A., Amish Society, Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993. ISBN 0-8018-4442-8