The infuriating Bryan Appleyard had an interesting, doomsday predicting, article in the Sunday Times, ‘Waiting for the lights to go out‘. He suggests that the cultural assumptions have exactly reversed since the middle ages. At that time we had a faith in the imminent end of the world, but reason said it would continue. Now we have faith in progress (and, at the very least, survial), when reason says that these are The End Days.
I have lent out these two books and can’t remember who to:
Descartes’ Baby: How the Science of Child Development Explains What Makes Us Human. by Paul Bloom
What Should I Do with My Life? by Po Bronson
Has anyone got them?