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Wired for Survival: The Rational (and Irrational) Choices We Make, from the Gas Pump to Terrorism by Margaret M. Polski

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1Under the Twinkle of a Fading Star

“There is nothing in the world but change. Our life is only perception.”

Marchus Aurelius, Meditations (170s AD)

It is cliché to observe that we have entered a new period of global growth and change or that we face innumerable threats to our current way of life. The global order we have known for several generations has profoundly changed, and there is no going back: To survive and prosper, we must think differently and make different choices than we have made in the past.

The most telling indication of this change is the trend in global per capita gross domestic product (GDP), which is the value of all goods and services produced in the world, divided by population. Since 2000, global per capita GDP has ...

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