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Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age

July 16, 2010

Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age

Author:
Bill McKibben
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin (2004)

Amazon | In 1989, McKibben published The End of Nature, a gorgeously written and galvanizing book about the true cost of global warming, the destruction of the ozone layer and other man-made ills-the loss of wild nature and with it the priceless aspect of our humanity that evolved to listen to and heed it. Now McKibben applies the same passion, scholarship and free-ranging thought to a subject that even… read more

The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future

September 13, 2010

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Author:
Martin Ford
Publisher:
CreateSpace (2009)

Amazon | What will the economy of the future look like? Where will advancing technology, job automation, outsourcing and globalization lead?

Is it possible that accelerating computer technology was a primary cause of the current global economic crisis–and that even more disruptive impacts lie ahead?

This groundbreaking book by Silicon Valley computer engineer and entrepreneur, Martin Ford, explores these questions and shows how accelerating technology… read more

Mapping the Mind: Revised and Updated Edition

January 7, 2011

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Author:
Rita Carter
Publisher:
University of California Press (2010)

Amazon | Today a brain scan reveals our thoughts and moods as clearly as an X-ray reveals our bones. We can actually observe a person’s brain registering a joke or experiencing a painful memory. In Mapping the Mind, award-winning journalist Rita Carter draws on the latest imaging technology and science to chart how human behavior and personality reflect the biological mechanisms behind thought and emotion. This acclaimed book,… read more

Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe

February 22, 2011

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Author:
Robert Lanza, Bob Berman
Publisher:
BenBella Books (2010)

Amazon | Robert Lanza is one of the most respected scientists in the world — a U.S. News & World Report cover story called him a “genius” and a “renegade thinker,” even likening him to Einstein. Lanza has teamed with Bob Berman, the most widely read astronomer in the world, to produce Biocentrism, a revolutionary new view of the universe.

Every now and then a simple yet… read more

The Recursive Mind: The Origins of Human Language, Thought, and Civilization

June 7, 2011

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Author:
Michael C. Corballis
Publisher:
Princeton University Press (2011)

Amazon | The Recursive Mind challenges the commonly held notion that language is what makes us uniquely human. In this compelling book, Michael Corballis argues that what distinguishes us in the animal kingdom is our capacity for recursion: the ability to embed our thoughts within other thoughts. “I think, therefore I am,” is an example of recursive thought, because the thinker has inserted himself into his thought.… read more

Wicked Problems – Social Messes: Decision Support Modelling with Morphological Analysis

September 1, 2011

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Author:
Tom Ritchey
Publisher:
Springer (2011)

Amazon | This is the first dedicated book to be published on computer-aided General Morphological Analysis (GMA) as a non-quantified modelling method. It presents the history and theory of GMA and describes how it is used to develop interactive, non-quantified inference models. Eleven case studies are presented out of more than 100 projects carried out since 1995, illustrating how GMA has been employed for structuring complex policy… read more

Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn

January 12, 2012

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Author:
Cathy N. Davidson
Publisher:
Viking Adult (2011)

Amazon | When Cathy Davidson and Duke University gave free iPods to the freshman class in 2003, critics said they were wasting their money. Yet when students in practically every discipline invented academic uses for their music players, suddenly the idea could be seen in a new light — as an innovative way to turn learning on its head.

This radical experiment is at the heart of Davidson’s… read more

Net Smart: How to Thrive Online

April 30, 2012

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Author:
Howard Rheingold
Publisher:
The MIT Press (2012)

Amazon | Like it or not, knowing how to make use of online tools without being overloaded with too much information is an essential ingredient to personal success in the twenty-first century. But how can we use digital media so that they make us empowered participants rather than passive receivers, grounded, well-rounded people rather than multitasking basket cases? In Net Smart, cyberculture expert Howard Rheingold shows us how to use social… read more

Surviving Orbit the DIY Way: Testing the Limits Your Satellite Can and Must Match

September 6, 2012
Author:
Sandy Antunes
Publisher:
Make (2012)

Is your picosatellite ready for launch? Can it withstand rocket thrusts and the vacuum of space? This do-it-yourself guide helps you conduct a series of hands-on tests designed to check your satellite’s readiness. Learn precisely what the craft and its electronic components must endure if they’re to function properly in Low Earth Orbit.

The perfect follow-up to DIY Satellite Platforms (our primer for designing and building a picosatellite),… read more

Cybernetic Revelation: Deconstructing Artificial Intelligence

December 10, 2012

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Author:
JD Casten
Publisher:
Post Egoism Media (2012)

Cybernetic Revelation explores the dual philosophical histories of deconstruction and artificial intelligence, tracing the development of concepts like the “logos” and the notion of modeling the mind technologically from pre-history to contemporary thinkers like Slavoj Žižek, Steven Pinker, Bernard Stiegler and Daniel C. Dennett. The writing is clear and accessible throughout, yet the text probes deeply into major philosophers seen by JD Casten as “conceptual engineers.”

Timothy Leary’s Trip Thru Time

June 9, 2013

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Author:
R.U. Sirius
Publisher:
The Book Patch (2013)

Timothy Leary’s Trip Thru Time is a witty and informative look at the important events and philosophical developments in the colorful and controversial life of Dr. Timothy Leary. With dashes of Learyesque irreverence, author R.U. Sirius draws connections between Leary’s trips through psychology, psychedelia, politics and technology and the ecstatic highs and harrowing lows of his personal life. A must-read for appreciating Timothy Leary.

Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread — The Lessons from a New Science

March 7, 2014

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Author:
Alex Pentland
Publisher:
Penguin Press HC, The (2014)

From one of the world’s leading data scientists, a landmark tour ofthe new science of idea flow, offering revolutionary insights into the mysteries of collective intelligence and social influence

If the Big Data revolution has a presiding genius, it is MIT’s Alex “Sandy” Pentland. Over years of groundbreaking experiments, he has distilled remarkable discoveries significant enough to become the bedrock of a whole new scientific field: social physics.… read more

Centauri Dreams: Imagining and Planning Interstellar Exploration

April 9, 2009

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Author:
Paul Gilster
Publisher:
Springer (2004)

Why, today, would anyone undertake a plan to launch a spacecraft some 30 years in the future, and on a journey that would take some 40 years to complete? Paul Gilster investigates the science, and the spirit, of the NASA and JPL researchers who are actually at work on just such a project.  — Science Daily

You Are Not A Gadget: A Manifesto

July 13, 2010

You Are Not A Gadget by Jaron Lanier

Author:
Jaron Lanier
Publisher:
Knopf (2010)

Amazon | Computer scientist and Internet guru Lanier’s fascinating and provocative full-length exploration of the Internet’s problems and potential is destined to become a must-read for both critics and advocates of online-based technology and culture. Lanier is best known for creating and pioneering the use of the revolutionary computer technology that he named virtual reality. Yet in his first book, Lanier takes a step back and critiques the… read more

Seeding the Universe with Life: Securing Our Cosmological Future

July 16, 2010

Seeding the Universe with Life: Securing Our Cosmological Future

Author:
Michael Noah Mautner
Publisher:
Legacy Books (2000)

Amazon | The future of life in the universe is an important subject of astrobiology. In this new popular science title, a well recognized researcher describes how we can seed new solar systems with microbial representatives of our family of organic life. The book also describes a life-centered astroethics that will motivate these missions. It describes the unity of all gene/protein life: a common ancestry, a special place in… read more

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