The Simple Life

Hosted byArt Bell

The Simple Life

Highlights

  • The Minimites
  • Timesaving Devices?
  • About the show

    Art Bell was joined by MIT graduate and author Eric Brende, who shared the story of how he gave up his modern lifestyle to live a more minimalist existence with an Anabaptist community he calls the "Minimites." This group does not allow the use of any motorized or automated equipment and, according to Brende, even the Amish think this sect is primitive. Brende dwelled among the "Minimites" for 18 months to gather research for his book.

    Brende said he first became disillusioned with "timesaving" technologies during his teen years, as he watched his father waste countless hours fiddling with a word processing machine. Though Brende attended one of the world's preeminent technological institutes, he claims to have gone to MIT as a "subversive," in order to "infiltrate the technological establishment...to overthrow it."

    Brende alleges he is not completely anti-technology, but believes we are "spending more time meeting the needs of technology instead of our own needs." He said our aim should be a balanced life, and suggested that if we decreased our dependency on technology (automobiles, televisions, computers), many social problems could be alleviated.

    For a signed hardcover edition of Brende's book Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology send a check for $27.95 ($24.95 + $3.00 shipping) to:
    Eric Brende
    2037 Allen Ave.
    St. Louis, MO 63104
    Missouri residents add 7.5% sales tax

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    First hour guest, author Whitley Strieber (unknowncountry.com) discussed several topics with Art, including magnetic pole reversal, the mysterious Elmendorf Beast, and the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of Las Palmas.

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