Civilization’s health hangs on how we manage food, water, energy, and climate. 
Two conflicting visions dominate how we think about them. Each vision had an 
original creator and exemplar—the “prophet” William Vogt, author of Road to 
Survival, and the “wizard” Norman Borlaug, mastermind of The Green Revolution 
in agriculture. The prophet says to repent and cut back on everything; the 
wizard says that clever enough innovation can always find a way forward.

Examine both visionaries and their visions closely, and a way to proceed 
emerges that combines alert caution with bold invention.

Charles C. Mann is the author of: his 2006 book 1491, about the Americas before 
Columbus; his 2012 book 1493, about the Americas after Columbus; and his new 
book,The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling 
Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World.  

(Copies of Mann’s new book will be on sale in the lobby from Green Apple Books, 
and he will sign books after the event.)

"The Wizard and the Prophet," Charles C. Mann, SFJAZZ Center, Hayes Valley, San 
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