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The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values

September 10, 2010

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Sam Harris
year published |
2010

Amazon | Sam Harris’s first book, The End of Faith, ignited a worldwide debate about the validity of religion. In the aftermath, Harris discovered that most people—from religious fundamentalists to nonbelieving scientists—agree on one point: science has nothing to say on the subject of human values.

Indeed, our failure to address questions of meaning and morality through science has now become the most common justification for religious… read more

Love Byte

July 22, 2012

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author |
Larry Kilham
year published |
2012

Juno is a superintelligent AI computer developed by the U.S. government to conduct social media attacks against enemies foreign and domestic. She is the first AI computer programmed with emotions and conscience.

She has an emotional bond with her developer, Tom Renwick, a computer scientist. Juno, Tom and their boss, Dr. Erwin Krakouer, the mad National Security Advisor, struggle with issues of trust and emotion. The… read more

The Industries of the Future

January 25, 2016

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author |
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 Truth About Your Future: The Money Guide You Need Now, Later, and Much Later

March 3, 2017

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author |
Ric Edelman
year published |
2017

New York Times bestselling author and legendary investment guru Ric Edelman reveals his forward-thinking guide on how technology and science will reshape the way we save, invest, and plan for the future.

Technology and science are evolving at a blistering, almost incomprehensible pace.

The Human Genome Project took eleven years and $2.7 billion dollars to complete. Today, it would take two days to finish, and cost less than… read more

Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality

July 8, 2010

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author |
Robert Geraci
year published |
2010

Amazon | Apocalyptic AI, the hope that we might one day upload our minds into machines or cyberspace and live forever, is a surprisingly wide-spread and influential idea, affecting everything from the world view of online gamers to government research funding and philosophical thought. In Apocalyptic AI, Robert Geraci offers the first serious account of this “cyber-theology” and the people who promote it.

Drawing on interviews with roboticists… read more

The Blue Zones, Second Edition: 9 Power Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest

October 26, 2012

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author |
Dan Buettner
year published |
2012

Since publishing his bestselling The Blue Zones, longevity expert and National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner has discovered a new Blue Zone and launched a major public health initiative to transform cities based on principles from this book. The Blue Zones, Second Edition is completely updated and expands his bestselling classic on longevity, drawing on his research from extraordinarily long-lived communities–Blue Zones–around the globe to highlight the lifestyle, diet, outlook, and stress-coping practices… read more

Mavericks of Medicine: Exploring the Future of Medicine with Andrew Weil, Jack Kevorkian, Bernie Siegel, Ray Kurzweil, and Others

October 6, 2016

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author |
David Jay Brown
year published |
2006

In depth interviews by award winning science writer David Jay Brown wit: Andrew Weil, Jack Kevorkian, Bernie Siegel, Barry Sears, Larry Dossey, Ray Kurzweil, Michael West, Leonard Hayflick, Kary Mullis, Aubrey de Grey, Peter Duesberg, Raphael Mechoulam, Rick Strassmann, Michael Fossel, Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw, Joseph Knoll, John Guerin, Garry Gordon, Jonathan Wright, and others.

On alternative medicine, euthanasia. mind / body medicine, diet, spirituality and health, regenerative… read more

The Body Builders: Inside the Science of the Engineered Human

March 17, 2017

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author |
Adam Piore
year published |
2017

In this accessible work on bioengineering, former Newsweek editor Piore documents where humans stand in our attempt to borrow—and build on—nature’s “sublime” healing solutions, which have been “refined by evolution over billions of years.” Piore’s aim is not to offer a clinical tome on scientific progress, but to reveal the “human spirit” that undergirds the search for ways to heal an array of debilitating physical and mental injuries and impairments. He… read more

Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain

May 18, 2011

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author |
Antonio Damasio
year published |
2010

Amazon | From one of the most significant neuroscientists at work today, a pathbreaking investigation of a question that has confounded philosophers, psychologists, and neuroscientists for centuries: how is consciousness created?

Antonio Damasio has spent the past thirty years studying and writing about how the brain operates, and his work has garnered acclaim for its singular melding of the scientific and the humanistic. In Self Comes toread more

The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care

February 24, 2012

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author |
Eric Topol, M.D.
year published |
2012

What if your cell phone could detect cancer cells circulating in your blood or warn you of an imminent heart attack? Mobile wireless digital devices, including smartphones and tablets with seemingly limitless functionality, have brought about radical changes in our lives, providing hyper-connectivity to social networks and cloud computing. But the digital world has hardly pierced the medical cocoon.

Until now. Beyond reading email and surfing… read more

Return To The Garden

October 1, 2012

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Norie Huddle
year published |
2012

RETURN TO THE GARDEN is the first novel in a series called “The Eleanor Chronicles” that Norie Huddle is writing to introduce almost 45 years of her research and thinking about practical ways to transform human civilization so that we may survive and thrive.

Luis Alvarez, a young Ecuadorian man, meets an older North American woman named simply “Eleanor” on a long bus ride in Ecuador. They have a… read more

Posthuman Personhood

July 9, 2013

Posthuman Personhood

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Daryl J. Wennemann
year published |
2013

Posthuman Personhood takes up the ethical challenge posed by Francis Fukuyama’s work, Our Posthuman Future. Daryl J. Wennemann argues that the traditional concept of personhood may be fruitfully applied to the ethical challenge we facein a posthuman age. He draws upon Wilfrid Sellars’ treatment of the concept of a person within “the manifest image of man in the world.” Sellars proposed that we develop a stereoscopic view of reality that includes… read more

What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite

December 14, 2011

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author |
David DiSalvo
year published |
2011

Amazon | Why do we routinely choose options that don’t meet our short-term needs and undermine our long-term goals? Why do we willingly expose ourselves to temptations that undercut our hard-fought progress to overcome addictions? Why are we prone to assigning meaning to statistically common coincidences? Why do we insist we’re right even when evidence contradicts us?

In What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Doread more

Neuromancer

July 29, 2012

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author |
William Gibson
year published |
1986

The Matrix is a world within the world, a global consensus- hallucination, the representation of every byte of data in cyberspace…

Case had been the sharpest data-thief in the business, until vengeful former employees crippled his nervous system. But now a new and very mysterious employer recruits him for a last-chance run. The target: an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence orbiting Earth in service of the sinister Tessier-Ashpool business clan. With… read more

Ready Player One: A Novel

October 20, 2012

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author |
Ernest Cline
year published |
2012

Young Wade Watts takes refuge in the OASIS, the “globally networked virtual reality” that nearly all of humanity relies on. It’s 2044, the year before the Singularity futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts will inextricably unite humans and computers. …  — Booklist Review

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part… read more

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