Recommended books by Jacque Fresco

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Introduction to Jacque Fresco’s Recommended Reading

Jacque Fresco at reading Carl Sagan’s “The Demon-Haunted World”

Jacque Fresco, a visionary futurist and social engineer, passionately advocated for systemic societal overhaul rooted in scientific principles and sustainability. Throughout his life, Fresco amassed a profound collection of seminal books that reflect his interdisciplinary approach and his commitment to constructing a better future for humanity. This carefully curated list encompasses diverse themes such as social science, environmentalism, technology, economics, and human behavior, offering a comprehensive guide for those seeking to understand the foundations of his philosophy and the vast breadth of his intellectual influences.

Among the most significant books that encapsulate Fresco’s vision are his own works and those that have deeply influenced his thinking. Jacque Fresco’s “Designing the Future” and “The Best That Money Can’t Buy” provide essential insights into his blueprint for a sustainable and equitable society. Complementing these are collaborative works like “Looking Forward,” co-authored with Kenneth Keyes, which delineates a future shaped by scientific and technological advancements.

Buckminster Fuller’s “Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth” is another cornerstone of Fresco’s reading list, emphasizing the need to think globally and act with mindful stewardship of the planet. Similarly, Carl Sagan’s “The Demon-Haunted World” champions a scientifically informed worldview, encouraging skepticism and critical thinking—principles central to Fresco’s ideology.

Turning to socio-economic critiques, Thorstein Veblen’s “The Theory of the Leisure Class” and Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States” offer pivotal insights into understanding systemic inequities and the historical context of social structures. These readings reflect Fresco’s commitment to recognizing and addressing economic disparities.

Environmental themes are prominently featured with Elisabeth Mann Borgese’s trilogy, including “The Drama of the Oceans,” “The Mines of Neptune,” and “The Oceanic Circle,” which stresses the vital importance of oceanic conservation and environmental sustainability.

Scientific inquiry and futuristic thought are well represented by Charles Darwin’s “On The Origin of Species” and Ray Kurzweil’s “The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology.” These works delve into the evolutionary foundations and the transformative potential of future technologies, respectively, aligning with Fresco’s advocacy for tapping human ingenuity.

Psychological and behavioral studies, crucial for understanding human interactions and societal dynamics, are thoroughly explored in B.F. Skinner’s multiple works, including “Beyond Freedom & Dignity” and “Science and Human Behavior.” These texts offer essential perspectives on the mechanisms underlying human behavior and potential avenues for societal improvement.

Finally, Fresco’s list is enriched with visionary explorations and critiques from literature and science fiction that include Edward Bellamy’s “Looking Backward” and Arthur C. Clarke’s “Profiles of the Future.” These works inspire forward-thinking and imaginative solutions, urging readers to visualize and strive for a better future.

Jacque Fresco’s collection mirrors his belief in interdisciplinary learning and the integration of diverse knowledge streams to address complex global challenges. By immersing yourself in these pivotal works, you embark on a journey through the vast intellectual landscape that shaped Fresco’s revolutionary ideas. Each book presents unique perspectives essential for grasping the multifaceted solutions required to design a sustainable and equitable future for all.

Jacque Fresco’s recommended reading list

  1. Addicted to War
    1. Joel Andreas, Addicted to War
  2. Looking Backward
    2. Edward Bellamy, Looking Backward
  3. The Drama of the Oceans
    3. Elisabeth Mann Borgese, The Drama of the Oceans
  4. The Mines of Neptune
    4. Elisabeth Mann Borgese, The Mines of Neptune
  5. The Oceanic Circle
    5. Elisabeth Mann Borgese, The Oceanic Circle
  6. Response In The Living and Non-Living
    6. Jagadis Chandra Bose, Response In The Living and Non-Living
  7. Web of Debt
    7. Ellen Hodgson Brown, Web of Debt
  8. A Grammar of Motives
    8. Kenneth Burke, A Grammar of Motives
  9. A Rhetoric of Motives
    9. Kenneth Burke, A Rhetoric of Motives
  10. Bodily Changes in Pain, Hunger, Fear and Rage
    10. Walter B. Cannon, Bodily Changes in Pain, Hunger, Fear and Rage
  11. Rumor, Fear, and The Madness Of Crowds
    11. James Patrick Chaplin, Rumor, Fear, and The Madness Of Crowds
  12. The Proper Study of Mankind
    12. Stuart Chase, The Proper Study of Mankind
  13. Tyranny of Words
    13. Stuart Chase, Tyranny of Words
  14. Profiles of The Future: An Inquiry Into the Limits of the Possible
    14. Arthur C. Clarke, Profiles of The Future: An Inquiry Into the Limits of the Possible
  15. Nanotechnology: Molecular Speculations on Global Abundance
    15. B. C. Crandall, Nanotechnology: Molecular Speculations on Global Abundance
  16. Resist Not Evil
    16. Clarence Darrow, Resist Not Evil
  17. The Story of My Life
    17. Clarence Darrow, The Story of My Life
  18. On The Origin of Species
    18. Charles Darwin, On The Origin of Species
  19. Engines of Creation
    19. K. Eric Drexler, Engines of Creation
  20. They All Laughed
    20. Ira Flatow, They All Laughed
  21. Designing the Future
    21. Jacque Fresco, Designing the Future
  22. Looking Forward
    22. Kenneth Keyes & Jacque Fresco, Looking Forward
  23. The Best That Money Can't Buy
    23. Jacque Fresco, The Best That Money Can’t Buy
  24. Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth
    24. Buckminster Fuller, Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth
  25. Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science
    25. Martin Gardner, Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science
  26. Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemic
    26. James Gilligan, Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemic
  27. Preventing Violence
    27. James Gilligan, Preventing Violence
  28. Language in Action
    28. Samuel Ichiyé Hayakawa and Alan R. Hayakawa, Language in Action
  29. People in Quandaries: The Semantics of Personal Adjustment
    29. Wendell Johnson, People in Quandaries: The Semantics of Personal Adjustment
  30. Man in Structure & Function
    30. Fritz Kahn, Man in Structure & Function
  31. Science And Sanity: An Introduction To Non-Aristotelian Systems And General Semantics
    31. Alfred Korzybski, Science And Sanity: An Introduction To Non-Aristotelian Systems And General Semantics
  32. Manhood Of Humanity: The Science And Art Of Human Engineering
    32. Alfred Korzybski, Manhood Of Humanity: The Science And Art Of Human Engineering
  33. The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology
    33. Ray Kurzweil, The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology
  34. Engineers' Dreams
    34. Willy Ley, Engineers’ Dreams
  35. Forced Movements, Tropisms, and Animal Conduct
    35. Jacques Loeb, Forced Movements, Tropisms, and Animal Conduct
  36. The Mechanistic Conception of Life
    36. Jacques Loeb, The Mechanistic Conception of Life
  37. The Rich and the Super Rich: A Study in the Power of Money Today
    37. Ferdinand Lundberg, The Rich and the Super Rich: A Study in the Power of Money Today
  38. Transforming the Global Biosphere
    38. Elliott Maynard, Transforming the Global Biosphere
  39. The Cancer Stage of Capitalism
    39. John McMurtry, The Cancer Stage of Capitalism
  40. The Last Book You'll Ever Read
    40. Frank Ogden, The Last Book You’ll Ever Read
  41. There is a Way! To Peace and Social Justice
    41. Melford Pearson, There is a Way! To Peace and Social Justice
  42. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
    42. John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
  43. The Secret History of the American Empire
    43. John Perkins, The Secret History of the American Empire
  44. The End of Work
    44. Jeremy Rifkin, The End of Work
  45. Mind in the Making
    45. James Harvey Robinson, Mind in the Making
  46. The Demon-Haunted World
    46. Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World
  47. The Trouble with Testosterone: And Other Essays on the Biology of The Human Predicament
    47. Robert M. Sapolsky, The Trouble with Testosterone: And Other Essays on the Biology of The Human Predicament
  48. Why People Believe Weird Things
    48. Michael Shermer, Why People Believe Weird Things
  49. Viable Utopian Ideas: Shaping a Better World
    49. Arthur B. Shostak, Viable Utopian Ideas: Shaping a Better World
  50. The Behavior of Organisms: An Experimental Analysis
    50. B.F. Skinner, The Behavior of Organisms: An Experimental Analysis
  51. Cumulative Record
    51. B.F. Skinner, Cumulative Record
  52. Science and Human Behavior
    52. B.F. Skinner, Science and Human Behavior
  53. Verbal Behaviour
    53. B.F. Skinner, Verbal Behaviour
  54. Beyond Freedom & Dignity
    54. B.F. Skinner, Beyond Freedom & Dignity
  55. Man and His Gods
    55. Homer William Smith, Man and His Gods
  56. From Freedom to Slavery
    56. Gerry Spence, From Freedom to Slavery
  57. Letters From the Earth
    57. Mark Twain, Letters From the Earth
  58. The Mysterious Stranger
    58. Mark Twain, The Mysterious Stranger
  59. The Theory of the Leisure Class
    59. Thorstein Veblen, The Theory of the Leisure Class
  60. The Engineers and the Price System
    60. Thorstein Veblen, The Engineers and the Price System
  61. The Shape of Things to Come: The Ultimate Revolution
    61. Herbert G. Wells, The Shape of Things to Come: The Ultimate Revolution
  62. The Show of Violence
    62. Fredric Wertham, The Show of Violence
  63. A People's History of the United States
    63. Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States
  64. Rats, Lice & History
    64. Hans Zinsser, Rats, Lice & History
  65. How Much are You Making on the War, Daddy?
    65. William D. Hartung, How Much are You Making on the War, Daddy?
  66. Prophets of War
    66. William D. Hartung, Prophets of War
  67. Cradle to Cradle. Remaking the Way We Make Things
    67. Michael Braungart, Cradle to Cradle. Remaking the Way We Make Things

Literature that is either mentioned by Jacque Fresco in the lectures or that is additionally recommended by him

  1. Arms and the Men
    68. Fortune Magazine Article (1934), Arms and the Men
  2. War is a Racket
    69. Smedley Butler, War is a Racket
  3. Is There Intelligent Life on Earth?
    70. Jack Catran, Is There Intelligent Life on Earth?
  4. A Mechanistic View of War and Peace
    71. George Crile, A Mechanistic View of War and Peace
  5. My Six Convicts
    72. Donald Powell Wilson, My Six Convicts
  6. 100,000,000 Guinea Pigs: Dangers in Everyday Foods, Drugs and Cosmetics
    73. Arthur Kallet, F.J. Schlink, 100,000,000 Guinea Pigs: Dangers in Everyday Foods, Drugs and Cosmetics
  7. The Story of Utopias
    74. Lewis Mumford, The Story of Utopias
  8. Operant Behavior
    75. B.F. Skinner, Operant Behavior

Additional literature

  1. Determined: Life Without Free Will
    76. Robert M Sapolsky, Determined: Life Without Free Will
  2. Don't Shoot The Dog
    77. Karen Pryor, Don’t Shoot The Dog
  3. The Third Industrial Revolution
    78. Jeremy Rifkin, The Third Industrial Revolution
  4. Drive Yourself Sane
    79. Susan & Bruce Kodish, Drive Yourself Sane
  5. Переводы статей
    80. B.F. Skinner, articles
  6. Dan Ariely Misbelief: What Makes Rational People Believe Irrational Things
    81. Dan Ariely, Misbelief: What Makes Rational People Believe Irrational Things

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