News Box Video Postings Additional Posts
Whales Give Dolphins a Lift
 
social activity such as this is extremely rare between species.
Hyper-Wattle House
 
300 dollar house winner
Climate Change Evidence
 
how scientists have arrived at the current state of knowledge about recent climate change and its causes
Nurdle Wash Up
 
150 tons of mermaid tears.
Building the Perfect Bug
 
Mutated superbugs that could kill millions are being engineered by scientists worldwide.
Eat your Landscapes
 
What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course.
We Must Act Today
 
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid opens Clean Energy Summit, 2012, with a speech on Climate Change: ‘We Must Act Today’.
Roman Gaus
 
Roman is CEO of UrbanFarmers AG, a pioneering Spin-off from the University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Wädenswil that aims to bring sustainable urban agricultural practices into cities of the 21st century.
Greening the South Bronx
 
kids grow lush gardens for food, greenery -- and jobs
Brittany Trilford
 
UN Earth Summit Talk June 2012
Belugas need your Help
 
Pierce Brosnan calls for citizen action to stop the Apache Alaska Corporation from deploying seismic airguns in the critical habitat of the last 284 beluga whales of Alaska's Cook Inlet.
Wheat UNhealthy
 
Dr. William Davis explains why the wheat of today is not the wheat of yesterday and why it has become so destructive to health
Genetically-Modified Seeds
 
Bill Moyers talks to scientist and philosopher Vandana Shiva, who’s become a rock star in the global battle over genetically modified seeds.
Gulf Seafood Deformities
 
Scientists say they have found deformities among seafood and a great decline in the numbers of marine life.
Endless Oil Spills in Nigeria
 
Radical increase in Nigerian oil spills.
Homeless Polar Bear in London
 
A Homeless Polar Bear in London - Ft. Jude Law and Radiohead
Rio+20 Prince Charles
 
Prince Charles climate change warning
An App to Water your Plants
 
Plant-in City Intelligent Terraniums
A Match Made in Africa
 
An elephant calf and a sheep form a surprising bond in an African nature reserve.
Death in the Forest
 
Chut Wutty killed in Cambodia.
 




Over the past few centuries, Western cultures have been very good at creating general prosperity for themselves. Historian Niall Ferguson asks: Why the West, and less so the rest? He suggests half a dozen big ideas from Western culture -- call them the 6 killer apps -- that promote wealth, stability and innovation. And in this new century, he says, these apps are all shareable. Interesting talk!

His latest book and TV series, Civilization: The West and the Rest, aims to help 21st-century audiences understand the past and the present. In it, he asks how, since the 1500s, Western nations have surpassed their Eastern counterparts and came to dominate the world (his answer: thanks to six “killer apps”: science, medicine, protestant work ethic, competition, property rights, consumer society). And he wonders whether that domination is now threatened by the rise of Asia. His theories have drawn criticism and prompted discussions, which he says was his intent. “It’s designed to be slightly annoying, so that you talk about it,” he told The Observer. Note, also that happiness was left out of the equation. For a future sustainable world, happiness and consumerism will most likely find themselves becoming distant cousins.

Niall Ferguson teaches history and business administration at Harvard and is a senior research fellow at several other universities, including Oxford. Also see The Ascent of Money: inspirationgreen.org/the-ascent-of-money-movie

 

Share this page...
Become a Fan of Inspiration Green

 

 

 

Additional Posts
Whales Give Dolphins a Lift
 
social activity such as this is extremely rare between species.
Hyper-Wattle House
 
300 dollar house winner
Climate Change Evidence
 
how scientists have arrived at the current state of knowledge about recent climate change and its causes
Nurdle Wash Up
 
150 tons of mermaid tears.
Building the Perfect Bug
 
Mutated superbugs that could kill millions are being engineered by scientists worldwide.
Eat your Landscapes
 
What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course.
We Must Act Today
 
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid opens Clean Energy Summit, 2012, with a speech on Climate Change: ‘We Must Act Today’.
Roman Gaus
 
Roman is CEO of UrbanFarmers AG, a pioneering Spin-off from the University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Wädenswil that aims to bring sustainable urban agricultural practices into cities of the 21st century.
Greening the South Bronx
 
kids grow lush gardens for food, greenery -- and jobs
Brittany Trilford
 
UN Earth Summit Talk June 2012
Belugas need your Help
 
Pierce Brosnan calls for citizen action to stop the Apache Alaska Corporation from deploying seismic airguns in the critical habitat of the last 284 beluga whales of Alaska's Cook Inlet.
Wheat UNhealthy
 
Dr. William Davis explains why the wheat of today is not the wheat of yesterday and why it has become so destructive to health
Genetically-Modified Seeds
 
Bill Moyers talks to scientist and philosopher Vandana Shiva, who’s become a rock star in the global battle over genetically modified seeds.
Gulf Seafood Deformities
 
Scientists say they have found deformities among seafood and a great decline in the numbers of marine life.
Endless Oil Spills in Nigeria
 
Radical increase in Nigerian oil spills.
Homeless Polar Bear in London
 
A Homeless Polar Bear in London - Ft. Jude Law and Radiohead
Rio+20 Prince Charles
 
Prince Charles climate change warning
An App to Water your Plants
 
Plant-in City Intelligent Terraniums
A Match Made in Africa
 
An elephant calf and a sheep form a surprising bond in an African nature reserve.
Death in the Forest
 
Chut Wutty killed in Cambodia.