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By Ronald Wright

Every time historical past repeats itself, the fee is going up. the 20th century—a time of extraordinary progress—has produced a big pressure at the very components that include existence itself: This increases the foremost query of the twenty-first century: How for much longer can this cross on? With wit and erudition, Ronald Wright lays out a-convincing case that background has consistently supplied a solution, even if we care to note or no longer. From Neanderthal guy to the Sumerians to the Roman Empire, a quick historical past of growth dissects the cyclical nature of humanity's improvement and loss of life, the 10,000-year previous scan that we've unleashed yet haven't begun to manage. it really is Wright's rivalry that in simple terms by way of realizing and finally breaking from the styles of growth and catastrophe that humanity has repeated all over the world because the Stone Age will we stay away from the onset of a brand new darkish Age. Wright illustrates how a variety of cultures all through background have actually synthetic their very own finish by means of generating an overabundance of innovation and stripping naked the very components that allowed them to at the beginning improve. Wright's ebook is very good; a desirable rumination at the hubris on the center of human improvement and the pitfalls we nonetheless could have time to prevent.

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Les logiciels dits propriétaires, notamment ceux de Microsoft, sont fournis directement en code binaire, sans le code source. On ne peut donc les modifier. 15. Richard Stallman, «Le Manifeste GNU», in Libres Enfants du Savoir Numérique, l’Eclat, 2000. 16. Acronyme récursif pour Gnu’s not Unix (Gnu n’est pas Unix), en référence au système d’exploitation Unix dont s’inspire Richard Stallman. 84 DU BON USAGE DE LA PIRATERIE SAVOIRS ET CULTURES LIBRES logiciels. Ce n’est pas un hasard si Microsoft a connu deux procès anti-trusts, l’un aux États-Unis, l’autre en Europe, pour avoir abusé de son contrôle sur Windows.

Ce parallèle est bien 75 2. Cité par Maurice Cassier, L’engagement des chercheurs vis-à-vis de l’industrie et du marché: normes et pratiques de recherche dans les biotechnologies, in Les logiques de l’innovation, sous la direction de Norbert Alter, La découverte, Paris, 2002, p. 155. 3. Il convient de souligner aussi que l’obtention d’un brevet est conditionnée à la divulgation de la méthode utilisée pour parvenir à l’invention ainsi protégée. Même si cette règle est très souvent dévoyée (les Offices de brevet ne se préoccupent guère de vérifier si la description faite par l’inventeur est suffisamment précise et les déposants passent leur vie à contourner la règle), elle se voulait à l’origine vertueuse et évitait ainsi la multiplication des secrets de fabrication.

Cit. 65 26. Harvey Bale, «Seul un médicament sur trois est rentable», interview de Vittorio de Filippis, Libération, 5 mai 2003 27. Peter Landsbury, «An innovative drug industry? » The Washington Post, 16 novembre 2003. Les chiffres et la citation suivante sont extraits du même article. » La réponse est évidemment négative et au passage, ces chiffres démontrent à quel point le mécanisme des brevets, censé récompenser l’innovation et la nouveauté, est désormais perverti. Il est clair aujourd’hui que le système des brevets appliqué aux médicaments est dans l’impasse.

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