There is little startling, new, or unexpected in these "essays on the unexpected." The most provocative argue that we now live in the age of the "machine kingdom." Machines, unlike plants, animals, and minerals, create their own environments and foster "cataclysmic rates of change." Our ideas, however, are not suited to the machine kingdom. "Darwinian expectations," "statistical expectations," and "common sense" inhibit our ability to embrace the unexpected but useful by-products of this machine age. Our ideas must change, Boorstin says, so that we can reap the benefits of rapid technological progress.
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