Introduction Lectures

Peter Diamandis: Abundance is our future

Reading Material

  1. next 100 years
  2. Future of History
  3. The End of History

About the Authors

John N. Gray

John Nicholas Gray (born 17 April 1948, in South Shields, then in County Durham) is an English political philosopher with interests in analytic philosophy and the history of ideas.[1] He is formerly School Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Gray contributes regularly to The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement and the New Statesman, where he is the lead book reviewer. He has written several influential books, including False Dawn: The Delusions of Global Capitalism (1998), which argues that free market globalization is an unstable Enlightenment project currently in the process of disintegration, Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals (2003), which attacks philosophical humanism, a worldview which Gray sees as originating in religious ideologies, and Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia (2007), a critique of utopian thinking in the modern world.

Gray sees volition, and hence morality, as an illusion, and portrays humanity as a ravenous species engaged in wiping out other forms of life. Gray writes that ‘humans … cannot destroy the Earth, but they can easily wreck the environment that sustains them.’ (Wikipedia)

Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama is senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University . As of July 1, 2010, he is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.

Dr. Fukuyama is the former director of SAIS’s International Development Program.  He is also chairman of the editorial board of The American Interest.

Dr. Fukuyama has written widely on issues relating to questions concerning political and economic development.  His book, The End of History and the Last Man, was published by Free Press in 1992 and has appeared in over twenty foreign editions.  It made the bestseller lists in the United States, France, Japan, and Chile, and has been awarded the Los Angeles Times‘ Book Critics Award in the Current Interest category, as well as the Premio Capri for the Italian edition.   He is also the author of Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity (1995), The Great Disruption:  Human Nature and the Reconstitution of Social Order (1999), Our Posthuman Future:  Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution (2002), State-Building:  Governance and World Order in the 21st Century, (2004), and America at the Crossroads:  Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy (2006).  He is currently working on a book on political development.