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CHRIS MARTENSON, PhD, MBA, is an economic researcher and futurist who speaks to audiences around the world on The Crash Course. He runs PeakProsperity.com, a popular website on the global economy.
Chris began his career as a scientist, earning a PhD in pathology from Duke University and an MBA from Cornell. He became vice president of a large international company and believed he had achieved the American Dream, living with his family in a large waterfront home in Connecticut. He was jolted out of complacency by the bear market of 2001 and used his background in finance to investigate the workings of our monetary system. What he discovered changed his life.
Today Chris lives with his wife, Becca, and their three kids in rural Massachusetts, where they enjoy a more resilient and independent lifestyle, with fewer things, better relationships with their neighbors, and a higher quality of life.
|How to Approach the Next Twenty Years|
|The Coming Storm||p. 3|
|The Lens: How to See the Future||p. 7|
|A World Worth Inheriting||p. 11|
|Trust Yourself||p. 15|
|Dangerous Exponentials||p. 21|
|An Inconvenient Lie: The Truth about Growth||p. 35|
|Our Money System||p. 41|
|Problems and Predicaments||p. 53|
|What Is Wealth? (Hint: It's Not Money)||p. 57|
|The Great Credit Bubble||p. 79|
|Like a Moth to Flame: Our Destructive Tendency to Print||p. 95|
|Fuzzy Numbers||p. 103|
|Starting the Race with Our Shoes Tied Together||p. 115|
|Energy and the Economy||p. 125|
|Peak Oil||p. 141|
|Necessary but Insufficient: Coal, Nuclear, and Alternatives||p. 159|
|Why Technology Can't Fix This||p. 177|
|Minerals: Gone with the Wind||p. 187|
|Soil: Thin, Thinner, Gone||p. 197|
|Parched: The Coming Water Wars||p. 205|
|All Fished Out||p. 213|
|Convergence: Why the Twenty-Teens Will Be Difficult||p. 219|
|Closing the Book on Growth||p. 227|
|Future Scenarios||p. 231|
|What Should I Do?|
|The Good News: We Already Have Everything We Need||p. 249|
|What Should I Do?||p. 255|
|The Opportunities||p. 267|
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