Better Off Flipping the Switch on Technology

ISBN-10: 0060570059

ISBN-13: 9780060570057

Edition: N/A

Authors: Eric Brende

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What is the least we need to achieve the most? With this question in mind, MIT graduate Eric Brende flipped the switch on technology. He and his wife, Mary, ditched their car, electric stove, refrigerator, running water, and everything else motorized or "hooked to the grid," and spent eighteen months living in a remote community so primitive in its technology that even the Amish consider it antiquated. Better Off is the story of their real-life experiment to see whether our cell phones, wide-screen TVs, and SUVs have made life easier -- or whether life would be preferable without them. This smart, funny, and enlightening book mingles scientific analysis with the human story to demonstrate how a world free of technological excess can shrink stress -- and waistlines -- and expand happiness, health, and leisure. This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
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Book details

List price: $14.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 8/2/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Eric Brende has degrees from Yale, Washburn University, and MIT, and has received a Citation of Excellence from the National Science Foundation and a graduate fellowship from the Mellon Foundation in the Humanities. At the insistence of his editor, he now has an e-mail account at the local library but continues to minimize modern technology for himself and his family. Eric and Mary Brende have recently relocated to an old-town section in St. Louis, where Eric makes his living as a rickshaw driver and a soap maker.

Cast of Neighbors
Prologue: Taking Orders
Planting
Seeds of Discontent
Paring Back
Lightening Up
Artfully Answering Nature
The Ram
The Missing Refrigerator
The Sounds of Silence
Growing
Quickening
A Church Meeting
A Barn Raising
The Dating Game
Meet the Neighbors
Secrets and Politics
Heatstroke
Weighing the Work
Harvesting
As the Pumpkins Turn
After the Fall: Even Farmers Get the Blues
Birth
Husbandry
Pulling in the Reins
Closing Time
Outside, and the Box
Epilogue: Recipe for a Leisurely, Laborsaving Life
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