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The Accidental Mind: How Brain Evolution Has Given Us Love, Memory, Dreams, and God

July 20, 2011

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author |
David J. Linden
year published |
2008

Amazon | You’ve probably seen it before: a human brain dramatically lit from the side, the camera circling it like a helicopter shot of Stonehenge, and a modulated baritone voice exalting the brain’s elegant design in reverent tones.

To which this book says: Pure nonsense. In a work at once deeply learned and wonderfully accessible, the neuroscientist David Linden counters the widespread assumption that the brain is… read more

Artificial General Intelligence

August 10, 2013

Artificial General Intelligence

author |
Ben Goertzel, Casio Pennachin
year published |
2006

This is the first book on current research on artificial general intelligence (AGI), work explicitly focused on engineering general intelligence — autonomous, self-reflective, self-improving, commonsensical intelligence.

Each author explains a specific aspect of AGI in detail in each chapter, while also investigating the common themes in the work of diverse groups, and posing the big, open questions in this vital area.

This book will be of interest to… read more

Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution

October 8, 2013

DogFight

author |
Fred Vogelstein
year published |
2013

Behind the bitter rivalry between Apple and Google—and how it’s reshaping the way we think about technology

The rise of smartphones and tablets has altered the business of making computers. At the center of this change are Apple and Google, two companies whose philosophies, leaders, and commercial acumen have steamrolled the competition. In the age of the Android and the iPad, these corporations are locked in a feud that will play… read more

Super You: How Technology is Revolutionizing What It Means to Be Human

August 8, 2016

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author |
Andy Walker, Kay Svela Walker, Sean Carruthers
year published |
2016

Rewind Your Biology and Live Like a 20-Year-Old! Edit Your Genes to Live Disease-Free! Find a Parking Space with Your Internet-Connected Brain.
Advances in longevity, genetics, nanotech, and robotics will make all this possible.

This is not science fiction. This is your future. Right now, pioneering scientists and technologists are transforming what it means to be human by overcoming biological limits that have existed since our ancestors swung out… read more

Deep State: Inside the Government Secrecy Industry

June 9, 2013

Deep State

author |
Marc Ambinder, D. B. Grady
year published |
2013

There is a hidden country within the United States. It was formed from the astonishing number of secrets held by the government and the growing ranks of secret-keepers given charge over them. The government secrecy industry speaks in a private language of codes and acronyms, and follows an arcane set of rules and customs designed to perpetuate itself, repel penetration, and deflect oversight. It justifies itself with the assertion that… read more

Preventing Litigation: An Early Warning System to Get Big Value Out of Big Data

October 27, 2016

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author |
Nelson E. Brestoff, William H. Inmon
year published |
2015

Preventing Litigation, for the first time, explains how to build an early warning system to identify the risk of litigation before the damage is done, and proves that there is big value in less litigation. The authors are subject matter experts, one in litigation, the other in computer science, and each has more than four decades of training and experience in their respective fields. Together, they present a way… 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

The Age of Intelligent Machines

September 8, 2009

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author |
Ray Kurzweil
year published |
1992

Amazon | In a work the Association of American Publishers named the Most Outstanding Computer Science Book of 1990, Kurzweil and 23 other contributors explore the history and potential of artificial intelligence. What is artificial intelligence? At its essence, it is another way of answering a central question that has been debated by scientists, philosophers, and theologians for thousands of years: How does the human brain — three… read more

The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman

February 9, 2011

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author |
Timothy Ferriss
year published |
2010

Amazon | Thinner, bigger, faster, stronger. Which 150 pages will you read? Is it possible to: Reach your genetic potential in 6 months? Sleep 2 hours per day and perform better than on 8 hours? Lose more fat than a marathoner by bingeing? Indeed, and much more. This is not just another diet and fitness book.

The 4-Hour Body is the result of an obsessive quest,… read more

Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How to Create a New You

July 6, 2011

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author |
Deepak Chopra
year published |
2010

Amazon | Fifteen years after his #1 New York Times bestseller, Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, Deepak Chopra revisits “the forgotten miracle” — the body’s infinite capacity for change and renewal. You cannot take advantage of this miracle, Chopra says, unless you are willing to completely reinvent your body, transforming it from a material object to a dynamic, flowing process. “Your physical body is a fiction,” Chopra contends. Every cell is… read more

Louder Than Words: The New Science of How the Mind Makes Meaning

January 29, 2013

Louder Than Words: The New Science of How the Mind Makes Meaning

author |
Benjamin K. Bergen
year published |
2012

Whether it’s brusque, convincing, fraught with emotion, or dripping with innuendo, language is fundamentally a tool for conveying meaning—a uniquely human magic trick in which you vibrate your vocal cords to make your innermost thoughts pop up in someone else’s mind. You can use it to talk about all sorts of things—from your new labradoodle puppy to the expansive gardens at Versailles, from Roger Federer’s backhand to things that… read more

The Afterlife of a Restless Soul: But Is God Really a Woman?

April 26, 2013

The Afterlife of a Restless Soul

author |
John F. Brinster
year published |
2013

Outskirts Press of Denver, CO announces the publication of a new book titled The Afterlife of a Restless Soul: But is  God Really a Woman?  by Princeton author, John F Brinster. This is his sixth book written in the past decade in the fields of science and philosophy relating to mind function and behavior.

As a book of fiction, science, and satire it describes how the… read more

I Live in the Future & Here’s How It Works

October 5, 2010

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author |
Nick Bilton
year published |
2010

Amazon | Are we driving off a digital cliff and heading for disaster, unable to focus, maintain concentration, or form the human bonds that make life worth living? Are media and business doomed and about to be replaced by amateur hour?

The world, as Nick Bilton — with tongue-in-cheek — shows, has been going to hell for a long, long time, and what we are experiencing is the… read more

Imagined Worlds (Jerusalem-Harvard Lectures)

February 15, 2013

Imagined worlds

author |
Freeman Dyson
year published |
1998

Imagine a world where whole epochs will pass, cultures rise and fall, between a telephone call and the reply. Think of the human race multiplying 500-million fold, or evolving new, distinct species. Consider the technology of space colonization, computer-assisted reproduction, the “Martian potato.” One hundred years after H. G. Wells visited the future in The Time Machine, Freeman Dyson marshals his uncommon gifts as a scientist and storyteller to take… read more

The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum

May 23, 2013

The Autistic Brain

author |
Temple Grandin, Richard Panek
year published |
2013

A cutting-edge account of the latest science of autism, from the best-selling author and advocate

When Temple Grandin was born in 1947, autism had only just been named. Today it is more prevalent than ever, with one in 88 children diagnosed on the spectrum. And our thinking about it has undergone a transformation in her lifetime: Autism studies have moved from the realm of psychology to neurology and… read more

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