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Mood matters : from rising skirt lengths to the collapse of world powers

Author: J L Casti
Publisher: New York : Copernicus Books, 2010.
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Casti argues that human affairs-- fashions, economic trends and the fall of governments or wars-- can be traced back to an underlying social mood, which heavily biases the way things develop.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J L Casti
ISBN: 9783642048340 364204834X
OCLC Number: 646518386
Description: xxiv, 250 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: The unconventional wisdom --
Why "stuff" happens --
Why hits happen --
Why wars, economic cycles, and political crises happen --
Why great powers come and go --
Getting it together.
Responsibility: John L. Casti.
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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  Read more...

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