*please note that this list has been written in 1994 and many excellent works

written since that date are *not* in this list."




The following is a listing of a number of books that I have found to be interesting in studying the future.  I also have found the topics and titles of a quarterly booklist published by the World Future Society, to be of high interest. The booklist is called THE FUTURIST BOOKSTORE and a free catalogue can be obtained by checking the World Future Society web site at the following URL:



ANTHROPOLOGY- Richard Leakey's "ORIGINS" and Stephen Gould's various works.

CREATIVITY- Willis Harman's "Higher Creativity".

CULTS- Flo Conway and Jim Siegelman's "Snapping".

ECONOMICS- Wassily Leontief's "Essays on Economics".

ENVIRONMENT- J.E. Lovelock's "Gaia".

FORECASTING- John Naisbitt's "Megatrends".

FUTURISM- Alvin Toffler's "The Futurists", Gerard O'Neill's "2081", Willis Harman's "An Incomplete Guide to the Future", and Paul Dickson's "The Future File".

POST-INDUSTRIAL SOCIETIES- Daniel Bell's "The Coming of Post-Industrial Society", and Alvin Toffler' "The Third Wave" and "Power Shift".

MORPHOLOGY: Rupert Sheldrake's "The Presence of the Past".

MARXISM- Leszek Kolakowski's "Main Currents of Marxism", and Daniel Bell's "End of Ideology".

MEDITATION- Lawrence LeShan's "How to Meditate".

NANOTECHNOLOGY- Eric Drexler's "Engines of Creation".

NEW THOUGHT- David Bohm's "Science, Order, and Creativity", Illya Prigogine's "Order Out of Chaos" and Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time".

PHILOSOPHY- Karl Popper's "Objective Knowledge" and and Frederic Copleston's "History of Philosophy", and Morris Berman's "Reenchantment of the World".

POLITCAL THEORY- John Kenneth Galbraith's "Anatomy of Power".

RELIGION AND SCIENCE- Renee Weber's "Dialogues with Sages and Scientists" and Leszek Kolakowski's "On Religion ...".

SOCIAL RELATIONS- Daniel Yankelovich's "New Rules of Self-fulfillment in a World Turned Upside Down".

SOCIAL JUSTICE- John Rawls' "Theory of Justice", and Daniel Bell's "The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism".

SPIRITUALITY- Krishnamurti's "Think on These Things" and Philip Kapleau's "Three Pillars of Zen".

SYSTEMS THEORY- Ludwig von Bertalanfy's "General Systems Theory".


* The above article was first posted on SCI (soc.culture.iranian) Usenet newsgroup on July 7, 1994


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