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Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence

March 18, 2016

Science Fiction and Philosophy

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Susan Schneider
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2016

Featuring numerous updates and enhancements, Science Fiction and Philosophy, 2nd Edition,  presents a collection of readings that utilize concepts developed from science fiction to explore a variety of classic and contemporary philosophical issues.

Uses science fiction to address a series of classic and contemporary philosophical issues, including many raised by recent scientific developments.

Explores questions relating to transhumanism, brain enhancement, time travel, the nature of the self, and… read more

Four-Dimensional Education: The Competencies Learners Need to Succeed

March 4, 2016

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Charles Fadel, Bernie Trilling, Maya Bialik
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2015

What should students learn to best prepare for the twenty-first century? In this book, the Center for Curriculum Redesign (CCR) describes a framework built to address this question, so that curriculum is redesigned for versatility and adaptability, to thrive in our volatile present and uncertain future. The framework focuses on knowledge (what to know and understand), skills (how to use that knowledge), character (how to behave and engage in… read more

Now: The Physics of Time

March 4, 2016

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Richard A. Muller
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2016

A monumental work on the flow of time, from the universe’s creation to “now,” by the best-selling author of Physics for Future Presidents.

“Now” is a simple concept―you’re reading this sentence now. Yet a real definition of “now” has eluded even the great Einstein. We know that time stretches and is affected by gravity and velocity. Yet, as eminent physicist Richard A. Muller points out, it is only… read more

Quantum Night

February 24, 2016

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Robert J. Sawyer
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2016

With such compelling and provocative novels as Red Planet Blues, FlashForward and The WWW Trilogy, Robert J. Sawyer has proven himself to be “a writer of boundless confidence and bold scientific extrapolation” (New York Times). Now, the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author explores the thin line between good and evil that every human being is capable of crossing…

Experimental psychologist Jim Marchuk has developed a flawless technique for… read more

Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror

February 23, 2016

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Michael V. Hayden
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2016

An unprecedented high-level master narrative of America’s intelligence wars, from the only person ever to helm both CIA and NSA, at a time of heinous new threats and wrenching change

For General Michael Hayden, playing to the edge means playing so close to the line that you get chalk dust on your cleats. Otherwise, by playing back, you may protect yourself, but you will be less successful in protecting… read more

The Age of Em: Work, Love and Life when Robots Rule the Earth

February 18, 2016

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Robin Hanson
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2016

Robots may one day rule the world, but what is a robot-ruled Earth like?

Many think the first truly smart robots will be brain emulations or “ems.” Scan a human brain, then run a model with the same connections on a fast computer, and you have a robot brain, but recognizably human.

Train an em to do some job and copy it a million times: an army… read more

Frozen to Life: A Personal Mortality Experiment

February 15, 2016

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D.J. MacLennan
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2015

How far would you go to avoid death?

Frozen to Life is the true account of the author’s extraordinary answer to this question: If he cannot escape the constraints of a “natural” lifespan, he will, upon his death, have his severed head preserved in a vat of liquid nitrogen in the Arizona desert.

This book illuminates the astonishing science behind his decision, and the transformative power of… read more

Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction

February 15, 2016

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Philip E. Tetlock, Dan Gardner
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2015

From one of the world’s most highly regarded social scientists, a transformative book on the habits of mind that lead to the best predictions

Everyone would benefit from seeing further into the future, whether buying stocks, crafting policy, launching a new product, or simply planning the week’s meals. Unfortunately, people tend to be terrible forecasters. As Wharton professor Philip Tetlock showed in a landmark 2005 study, even experts’… read more

The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge

February 15, 2016

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Matt Ridley
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2015

The New York Times bestselling author of The Rational Optimist and Genome returns with a fascinating, brilliant argument for evolution that definitively dispels a dangerous, widespread myth: that we can command and control our world.

The Evolution of Everything is about bottom-up order and its enemy, the top-down twitch—the endless fascination human beings have for design rather than evolution, for direction rather than emergence. Drawing on anecdotes from… read more

Insistence of Vision

February 12, 2016

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David Brin
year published |
2016

What may we become? How will we endure? The future is a daunting realm, filled with real and imagined perils. So enter it prepared! Here are vivid tales about possible tomorrows, from the keen eye and colorful pen of David Brin, a modern master of speculative fiction. Visit a chillingly plausible tomorrow, when prisoners may be sent to asteroidal gulags. Or might prisons vanish and felons roam, seeing only… read more

Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe

January 25, 2016

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Lisa Randall
year published |
2015

In this brilliant exploration of our cosmic environment, the renowned particle physicist and New York Times bestselling author of Warped Passages and Knocking on Heaven’s Door uses her research into dark matter to illuminate the startling connections between the furthest reaches of space and life here on Earth.

Sixty-six million years ago, an object the size of a city descended from space to crash into Earth, creating a… read more

The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself

January 25, 2016

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Sean Carroll
year published |
2016

*A Publishers Weekly Top 10 New Science Release of 2016*

Does human purpose and meaning fit into a scientific worldview?

Already internationally acclaimed for his elegant, lucid writing on the most challenging notions in modern physics, Sean Carroll is emerging as one of the greatest humanist thinkers of his generation as he brings his extraordinary intellect to bear not only on Higgs bosons and extra dimensions but… read more

The Industries of the Future

January 25, 2016

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Alec Ross
year published |
2016

Leading innovation expert Alec Ross explains what’s next for the world: the advances and stumbling blocks that will emerge in the next ten years, and how we can navigate them.

While Alec Ross was working as Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Secretary of State, he traveled to forty-one countries, exploring the latest advances coming out of every continent. From startup hubs in Kenya to R&D labs in… read more

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

January 25, 2016
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Prof Klaus Schwab
year published |
2016

Ubiquitous, mobile supercomputing. Artificially-intelligent robots. Self-driving cars. Neuro-technological brain enhancements. Genetic editing. The evidence of dramatic change is all around us and it’s happening at exponential speed.

Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, has been at the centre of global affairs for over four decades. He is convinced that the period of change we are living through is more significant, and the… read more

Visions of the Future

January 13, 2016

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J. Daniel Batt et al.
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2015

Visions of the Future is a collection of stories and essays including Nebula and Hugo award-winning works. In this anthology, you’ll find stories and essays about artificial intelligence, androids, faster-than-light travel, and the extension of human life. You’ll read about the future of human institutions and culture.

But these literary works are more than just a reprisal of the classical elements of science fiction and futurism. At their core,… read more

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