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Everyone has his favourite books. This one will make it on my shelf of special books. One might think that this is a book predominantly about the future. Yes, it is. But for me the most inspiring part of the book relates to the author’s view of the present. For example his assessment of us as humans, how our biological traits shape our emotions and political decisions, is truly remarkable. That’s why I think the chapter ‘Democracy and Inclusion’ is the most inspiring. This is perhaps best shown when he discusses the reasons why people voted for Brexit and what were the underlying themes of the populists that won the hearts of Brexit voters. It is this objective, calm and very well-reasoned set of arguments that makes this book outstanding. The reader will also find very captivating the author’s views on the future of Humanity, including his description of potential impact of exponential growth of technology on human progress. However, for most readers of this type of books, the most interesting theme could be the author’s views on the changes needed in the relationships between the governed and the governing to reshape the politics of the future if we are to mitigate successfully a plethora of existential risks facing Humanity. David Wood’s scenarios for the future are so convincing that I am sure this book will become a must-read for anyone engaged in politics or interested in the future of Humanity.
I liked the book a lot as it gave me plenty of new ideas how we could improve politics and what good politics should strive for especially in the long term (which ist mostly neglected by normal parties). I liked the positive outlook: "Fixing politics will become much easier once a compelling, integrative vision of a sustainable transhumanist future has become widespread – a convincing account of how technology can be harnessed for profound positive progress; an energising account that inspires coordinated action in support of that future."