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SkepticDoc
06-21-2010, 06:41 PM
Would anybody have any comment on Toynbee's work?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Study_of_History

Would it be worth the effort to find all 12 volumes?

Whatfur
06-21-2010, 09:10 PM
Would anybody have any comment on Toynbee's work?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Study_of_History

Would it be worth the effort to find all 12 volumes?

Looks pretty cool actually...wonder how they read.

From the link describing civilization Decay:

He argues that the breakdown of civilizations is not caused by loss of control over the environment, over the human environment, or attacks from outside. Rather, it comes from the deterioration of the "Creative Minority," which eventually ceases to be creative and degenerates into merely a "Dominant Minority" (who forces the majority to obey without meriting obedience). He argues that creative minorities deteriorate due to a worship of their "former self," by which they become prideful, and fail to adequately address the next challenge they face.

Ocean
06-21-2010, 09:48 PM
... He argues that creative minorities deteriorate due to a worship of their "former self," by which they become prideful, and fail to adequately address the next challenge they face.

Conservatism.

Whatfur
06-21-2010, 10:56 PM
Conservatism.

Delusionalism. :p

bjkeefe
06-21-2010, 11:05 PM
Conservatism.

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