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Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom

February 16, 2011

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author |
Mary Catherine Bateson
year published |
2010

Amazon | From the author of Composing a Life (first published in 1991 and still in print), an inspiring exploration of a new stage of the life cycle, “Adulthood II,” created by unprecedented levels of health, energy, time, and resources — of which we have barely begun to be fully conscious.

Mary Catherine Bateson sees aging today as an “improvisational art form calling for imagination and willingness to… read more

Collider: The Search for the World’s Smallest Particles

April 6, 2011

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author |
Paul Halpern
year published |
2010

Amazon | An accessible look at the hottest topic in physics and the experiments that will transform our understanding of the universe

The biggest news in science today is the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particle-smasher, and the anticipation of finally discovering the Higgs boson particle. But what is the Higgs boson and why is it often referred to as the God Particle?… read more

Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics: Hollywood’s Best Mistakes, Goofs and Flat-Out Destructions of the Basic Laws of the Universe

June 7, 2011

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author |
Tom Rogers
year published |
2007

Amazon | Would the bus in Speed really have made that jump? Could a Star Wars ship actually explode in space? What really would have happened if you said “Honey, I shrunk the kids”?

The companion book to the hit website, which boasts more than 1 million visitors per year, Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics is a hilarious guide to the biggest mistakes, most outrageous assumptions,… read more

Communication with Extraterrestrial Intelligence

July 6, 2011

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author |
Douglas A. Vakoch
year published |
2011

SUNY Press | Highlights the most recent developments in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), and advocates a diverse range of approaches to make SETI increasingly more powerful and effective in the years to come.

In April 2010, fifty years to the month after the first experiment in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), scholars from a range of disciplines — including astronomy, mathematics, anthropology, history,… read more

Models.Behaving.Badly: Why Confusing Illusion with Reality Can Lead to Disaster, on Wall Street and in Life

December 14, 2011

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author |
Emanuel Derman
year published |
2011

Amazon | Emanuel Derman was a quantitative analyst (Quant) at Goldman Sachs, one of the financial engineers whose mathematical models became crucial for Wall Street. The reliance investors put on such quantitative analysis was catastrophic for the economy, setting off the ongoing string of financial crises that began with the mortgage market in 2007 and continues through today. Here Derman looks at why people — bankers in particular — still put so much… read more

Artificial Culture: Identity, Technology, and Bodies

March 22, 2012

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author |
Tama Leaver
year published |
2011

Amazon | Artificial Culture is an examination of the articulation, construction, and representation of “the artificial” in contemporary popular cultural texts, especially science fiction films and novels. The book argues that today we live in an artificial culture due to the deep and inextricable relationship between people, our bodies, and technology at large. While the artificial is often imagined as outside of the natural order and thus also beyond… read more

Alternet

July 15, 2012

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author |
Bryan C. O'Doherty
year published |
2012

Love or Fear, which will be the social glue that holds mankind together?

In 2084, man is at the cusp of a new golden age brought about under the global hegemony of Core leadership. But obedient Core citizen, Steven Archer’s world is suddenly turned upside down by events he has no memory of. Labeled a terrorist against the Core and forced to help find the co-conspirators he can’t… read more

Transhumanist Dreams and Dystopian Nightmares: The Promise and Peril of Genetic Engineering

May 30, 2013

Transhumanist Dreams and Dystopian Nightmares The Promise and Peril of Genetic Engineering

author |
Maxwell J. Mehlman
year published |
2012

Transhumanists advocate for the development and distribution of technologies that will enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities, even eliminate aging. What if the dystopian futures and transhumanist utopias found in the pages of science journals, Margaret Atwood novels, films like Gattaca, and television shows like Dark Angel are realized? What kind of world would humans have created?

Maxwell J. Mehlman considers the promises and perils of using genetic engineering in… read more

Natural-Born Cyborgs: Minds, Technologies, and the Future of Human Intelligence

May 8, 2013

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author |
Andy Clark
year published |
2003

From Robocop to the Terminator to Eve 8, no image better captures our deepest fears about technology than the cyborg, the person who is both flesh and metal, brain and electronics. But philosopher and cognitive scientist Andy Clark sees it differently. Cyborgs, he writes, are not something to be feared–we already are cyborgs.

In Natural-Born Cyborgs, Clark argues that what makes humans so different from other species is our… read more

Day One: A Novel

October 4, 2013

Day One A Novel

author |
Nate Kenyon
year published |
2013

THE FUTURE IS HERE AND IT DOESN’T NEED YOU

In Nate Kenyon’s Day One, scandal-plagued hacker journalist John Hawke is hot on the trail of the explosive story that might save his career. James Weller, the former CEO of giant technology company Eclipse, has founded a new start-up, and he’s agreed to let Hawke do a profile on him. Hawke knows something very big is in the works at Eclipse—and… read more

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

January 17, 2014

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author |
Neil Postman
year published |
2005

Originally published in 1985, Neil Postman’s groundbreaking polemic about the corrosive effects of television on our politics and public discourse has been hailed as a twenty-first-century book published in the twentieth century. Now, with television joined by more sophisticated electronic media—from the Internet to cell phones to DVDs—it has taken on even greater significance. Amusing Ourselves to Death is a prophetic look at what happens when politics, journalism, education, and even… read more

The Lucky Years: How to Thrive in the Brave New World of Health

January 6, 2016

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author |
David B. Agus M.D.
year published |
2016

Bestselling author David Agus unveils the brave new world of medicine, one in which we can take control of our health like never before and doctors can fine-tune strategies and weapons to prevent illness.

In his first bestseller, The End of Illness, David Agus revealed how to add vibrant years to your life by knowing the real facts of health. In this book, he builds on that theme… read more

A Brief History of Time

April 9, 2009
author |
Stephen William Hawking
year published |
1998

Published in 1988, A Brief History of Time, was a landmark volume in science writing and in world-wide acclaim and popularity, with more than 9 million copies in print globally. The original edition was on the cutting edge of what was then known about the origins and nature of the universe. But the ensuing years have seen extraordinary advances in the technology of observing both the micro- and the macrocosmic… read more

The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You’ve Been Told About Genetics, Talent, and IQ Is Wrong

July 8, 2010

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author |
David Shenk
year published |
2010

Amazon | In The Genius in All of Us, Shenk beautifully explains why the nature-nurture debate is dead. It is not just the genes we are born with, but how we are raised and what opportunities are open to us that determine how smart we will become. Nurture and experience reshape our genes, and thus our brain. Shenk argues that the idea we are either born with genius or talent,… read more

Absolutely Small: How Quantum Theory Explains Our Everyday World

October 21, 2010
author |
Michael D. Fayer
year published |
2010

Publishers Weekly | How a photon can be in two places at once is just one of the conundrums of quantum physics that Fayer (Elements of Quantum Mechanics) helps to unravel. The Stanford University Professor of Chemistry provides a roadmap for non-scientific readers who wish to understand the subject but lack advanced mathematical training.

Fayer’s belief that our everyday experiences “teach us to think in terms… read more

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