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Abundance by Diamandis and Kotler


By Stephen Northcutt
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Abundance by Peter H. Diamanois and Steven Kotler

The message of the book is "The future is brighter than you think." It is an amazing read, a non-stop tour of projects and people that have the potential to change the world by solving some of the hardest problems. Perhaps the core of the book can be found on pages 238 and 239. Daniel Kahneman, (author of Thinking Fast and Slow), did some research on Americans and found a relationship between money and well being; perhaps money really does make us happy. But only to a point, after $70,000 in 2008 dollars there are diminishing returns. Later analysis says that number for people in the developing world is closer to $10,000.
"Twenty years ago, most well-off US citizens owned a camera, a video camera, a stereo, a video game console, a cell phone, a watch, an alarm clock, a set of encyclopedias, a world atlas, a Thomas Guide and a whole bunch of other assets that easily add up to more than $10,000. All of which come standard on today's smart phones."
Page 11 says "Imagine a world of nine billion people with lean water, nutritious food, affordable housing, personalized education, top-tier medical care, and nonpolluting, ubiquitous energy.
I surely do not know if it is possible or if I can even imagine it. I do know the book is well researched and amazingly broad. And I would like to get involved, I had actually already decided to do some work with a clean water group. The back of the book has opportunities for each of us to get involved. I recommend you read the book and give the author's ideas some thought.