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Contents
















Introduction ........... 1



Chapter I: The Triumph of Technology


Gee Whiz—The Future! .........13 Utopia Postponed ........................19 

The Addiction to Control ......27 From Separation to Boredom....33


From Affluence to Anxiety....38


Chapter II: The Origins of Separation


The Origins of Self...................51 Fire and Stone...............................57 

Language and Label .................63 Mathematics and Measure ..........76 

Keeping Time ...........................82 Images of Perfection ...................88 

The Marvelous Piraha..............97 Cultivation and Culture...............101 

The Machine .............................108 Religion and Ritual.......................113


The Playful Universe................120


Chapter III: The Way of the World


TheScientificMethod.............129 MyPersonalAgeofReason.......138 

Masters of the Universe ..........142 The Quest for Certainty ..............152 

Reducing Reality .......................158 The Ghost in the Machine..........167 

TheOriginofLife....................176
AloneintheUniverse..................186



Chapter IV: Money and Property


The Realm of Me and Mine....195 Alone in a Crowd .........................201 

The Anonymous Power ..........207 Social Capital.................................216 

Cultural Capital.........................226 Natural Capital..............................236 

Spiritual Capital.........................246 Time, Money, and the Good......256 

TheEconomicsofOther........262 InterestandSelf-interest.............267

The Crisis of Capital ................276











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