Mood Matters: From Rising Skirt Lengths to the Collapse of World Powers

by John L. Casti

Springer | June 3, 2010 | Hardcover

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"Mood Matters" makes the radical assertion that all social events ranging from fashions in music and art to the rise and fall of civilizations are biased by the attitudes a society holds toward the future. When the "social mood" is positive and people look forward to the future, events of an entirely different character tend to occur than when society is pessimistic. The book presents many examples from every walk of life in support of this argument. In addition, methods are given to actually measure the social mood and to project it into the future in order to forecast what''s likely or not over varying periods of time. Casti''s writing is a pleasure to read and its contents an eye-opener. "They [the chapters] tell an engrossing story, and the mystery heightens as it goes. . . . it''s chatty and knowing." Greg Benford, Physicist and science-fiction writer, author of "Timescape" and "Deep Time" "I am struck by how thought-provoking it all is. I am sure that your book will draw a lot of attention" Tor Norretranders, Science writer, author of "The Generous Man" and "The User Illusion".

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 226 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.01 in

Published: June 3, 2010

Publisher: Springer

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 364204834X

ISBN - 13: 9783642048340

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Mood Matters: From Rising Skirt Lengths to the Collapse of World Powers

by John L. Casti

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 226 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.01 in

Published: June 3, 2010

Publisher: Springer

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 364204834X

ISBN - 13: 9783642048340

About the Book

This book argues that all social events ranging from music and art to the rise and fall of civilizations are biased by a society's positive or negative attitude. It includes many examples plus methods used to measure societal moods and predict the future.

Table of Contents

Introducing Unconventional Wisdom.- Why "Stuff Happens.-Why Hits Happen (short timescale events).-Why Wars, Elections, and Economic Crises Happen(medium timescale events).- Why Great Powers Come and Go (long timescale events).- How to Forecast Coming Events.-

From the Publisher

"Mood Matters" makes the radical assertion that all social events ranging from fashions in music and art to the rise and fall of civilizations are biased by the attitudes a society holds toward the future. When the "social mood" is positive and people look forward to the future, events of an entirely different character tend to occur than when society is pessimistic. The book presents many examples from every walk of life in support of this argument. In addition, methods are given to actually measure the social mood and to project it into the future in order to forecast what''s likely or not over varying periods of time. Casti''s writing is a pleasure to read and its contents an eye-opener. "They [the chapters] tell an engrossing story, and the mystery heightens as it goes. . . . it''s chatty and knowing." Greg Benford, Physicist and science-fiction writer, author of "Timescape" and "Deep Time" "I am struck by how thought-provoking it all is. I am sure that your book will draw a lot of attention" Tor Norretranders, Science writer, author of "The Generous Man" and "The User Illusion".

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"Mood Matters" makes the radical assertion that all social events ranging from fashions in music and art to the rise and fall of civilizations are biased by the attitudes a society holds toward the future. When the "social mood" is positive and people look forward to the future, events of an entirely different character tend to occur than when society is pessimistic. The book presents many examples from every walk of life in support of this argument. In addition, methods are given to actually measure the social mood and to project it into the future in order to forecast what''s likely or not over varying periods of time. Casti''s writing is a pleasure to read and its contents an eye-opener. "They [the chapters] tell an engrossing story, and the mystery heightens as it goes. . . . it''s chatty and knowing." Greg Benford, Physicist and science-fiction writer, author of "Timescape" and "Deep Time" "I am struck by how thought-provoking it all is. I am sure that your book will draw a lot of attention" Tor Norretranders, Science writer, author of "The Generous Man" and "The User Illusion".  

About the Author

John L. Casti is a Senior Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria, where he works on the development of early-warning methods for extreme events in human society. He is also the co-founder of The Kenos Circle, a Vienna-based society for exploration of the future, and author of the previous bestselling volumes, Paradigms Lost, Would-Be Worlds and The Cambridge Quintet. He lives in Vienna.

Editorial Reviews

From the reviews: "They [the chapters] tell an engrossing story, and the mystery heightens as it goes. . . . it''s chatty and knowing." Greg Benford, Physicist and science-fiction writer, author of "Timescape" and "Deep Time" "I am struck by how thought-provoking it all is. I am sure that your book will draw a lot of attention" Tor Norretranders, Science writer, author of "The Generous Man" and "The User Illusion". "This is John Casti''s bold hypothesis in Mood Matters, which challenges both traditional financial theory and human gut reaction about how the world works. . The wealth of facts he presents should serve as valuable fuel for future scientific researchers arguing both for and against socionomics. In these times of financial turmoil, many people will pick up Mood Matters with the hope of predicting financial markets. . The book emphasizes the importance of sociometers in signaling that fate." (Richard Taylor, Science, Vol. 329, September, 2010) "Readable, exhaustively researched, and completely iconoclastic, this book was a pleasure for me on many levels. I am always eager to hear about new ways to view this old world, and Casti has a very new way to view world events. His thesis is that the mood of the people isn''t MADE by events, but . MAKES events. . The exhaustive research I mentioned is all documented in his appendices." (Richard Derus, LibraryThings, October, 2010) "In Mood Matters (2010) John Casti says a lot of things . about how ones attitude (mood) shapes
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