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The Mind and the Machine: What It Means to Be Human and Why It Matters

June 17, 2011

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author |
Matthew Dickerson
year published |
2011

Amazon | What does it mean to be human? Some naturalists believe that the human mind can be reduced to brain biology, suggesting that we are no more than complex biochemical machines. Computer scientist Matthew Dickerson critiques a physicalist/naturalist view of human persons and defends theistic accounts of human nature. He responds to the widespread assertion that human consciousness is nothing more than “software” that can one… read more

The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices: How the Digital Magicians of the MIT Media Lab Are Creating the Innovative Technologies That Will Transform Our Lives

August 4, 2011

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author |
Frank Moss
year published |
2011

Amazon | If you’ve ever read a book on an e-reader, unleashed your inner rock star playing Guitar Hero, built a robot with LEGO Mindstorms, or ridden in a vehicle with child-safe air bags, then you’ve experienced first hand just a few of the astounding innovations that have come out of the Media Lab over the past 25 years. But that’s old hat for today’s researchers, who… read more

The Minerva Virus

January 4, 2012

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author |
Brian Shuster
year published |
2006

Amazon | In the depths of the internet, a new form of life is unleashed. Silent and invisible, the only hint of its existence is an ordinary-seeming computer virus, which the human race regards as a mere nuisance. But this virus is unlike anything mankind has seen before . . . this virus can evolve! As it explodes across the internet, a new plague begins to take control… read more

Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To

April 24, 2012

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author |
Sian Beilock
year published |
2011

Why do the smartest students often do poorly on standardized tests?

Why did you tank that interview or miss that golf swing when you should have had it in the bag?

Why do you mess up when it matters the most — and how can you perform your best instead?

It happens to all of us. You’ve prepared for days, weeks, even years for the big… read more

Acidexia

August 20, 2012

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Rachel Haywire
year published |
2012

Acidexia is an e-book of writings by Rachel Haywire that first appeared in her Acidexia online journal between 2001 and 2004.

At the turn of the millennium, an institutionalized “mentally ill” teenage girl is kicked out of her home to live life on the streets. She embarks upon an odyssey through underground subcultures and cyberspace while endlessly crisscrossing the country by bus and hitchhiking. Reinventing herself… read more

How the Mind Works

November 25, 2012

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author |
Steven Pinker
year published |
2009

“A model of scientific writing: erudite, witty, and clear.” —New York Review of Books

The Pulitzer Prize finalist and national bestseller How the Mind Works is a fascinating, provocative work exploring the mysteries of human thought and behavior. How do we see in three dimensions? How do we remember names and faces? How is it, indeed, that we ponder the nature of our own consciousness? Why do we fall in… read more

This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking

March 1, 2013

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author |
John Brockman
year published |
2012

Edge.org presents brilliant, accessible, cutting-edge ideas to improve our decision-making skills and improve our cognitive toolkits, with contributions by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Richard Dawkins, Brian Eno, Steven Pinker, and more. Featuring a foreword by New York Times columnist David Brooks and edited by John Brockman, This Will Make You Smarter presents some of the best wisdom from today’s leading thinkers—to make better thinkers out of the leaders of tomorrow.

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The Universe in the Rearview Mirror: How Hidden Symmetries Shape Reality

August 13, 2013

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author |
Dave Goldberg
year published |
2013


A physicist speeds across space, time and everything in between showing that our elegant universe—from the Higgs boson to antimatter to the most massive group of galaxies—is shaped by hidden symmetries that have driven all our recent discoveries about the universe and all the ones to come.

Why is the sky dark at night? Is it possible to build a shrink-ray gun? If there is antimatter, can… read more

The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think

October 16, 2013

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Brian Hare, Vanessa Woods
year published |
2013

Brian Hare, dog researcher, evolutionary anthropologist, and founder of the Duke Canine Cognition Center, and Vanessa Woods offer revolutionary new insights into dog intelligence and the interior lives of our smartest pets.

In the past decade, we have learned more about how dogs think than in the last century. Breakthroughs in cognitive science, pioneered by Brian Hare have proven dogs have a kind of genius for getting along… read more

Better than Human: The Promise and Perils of Enhancing Ourselves (Philosophy in Action)

February 10, 2014

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author |
Allen E. Buchanan
year published |
2011

Is it right to use biomedical technologies to make us better than well or even perhaps better than human? Should we view our biology as fixed or should we try to improve on it? College students are already taking cognitive enhancement drugs. The U.S. army is already working to develop drugs and technologies to produce “super soldiers.” Scientists already know how to use genetic engineering techniques to enhance the… read more

Exponential Organizations: Why new organizations are ten times better, faster, cheaper than yours (and what to do about it)

June 23, 2014

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Salim Ismail, Mike Malone, Yuri van Geest
year published |
2014

In business, performance is key. In performance, how you organize can be the key to growth.

In the past five years, the business world has seen the birth of a new breed of company—the Exponential Organization—that has revolutionized how a company can accelerate its growth by using technology. An ExO can eliminate the incremental, linear way traditional companies get bigger, leveraging things like community, big data, algorithms, and… read more

Tomorrowland: Our Journey from Science Fiction to Science Fact

September 4, 2015

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Steven Kotler
year published |
2015

New York TimesWiredAtlantic MonthlyDiscover bestselling author Steven Kotler has written extensively about those pivotal moments when science fiction became science fact…and fundamentally reshaped the world. Now he gathers the best of his best, updated and expanded upon, to guide readers on a mind-bending tour of the far frontier, and how these advances are radically transforming our lives. From the ways science and technology are fundamentally altering our bodies and our… read more

Four-Dimensional Education: The Competencies Learners Need to Succeed

March 4, 2016

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author |
Charles Fadel, Bernie Trilling, Maya Bialik
year published |
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

Technology vs. Humanity: The Coming Clash Between Man and Machine (Futurescapes)

September 15, 2016

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author |
Gerd Leonhard, Rohit Talwar, Steve Wells, April Koury, Jean Francois Cardella
year published |
2016

Futurist Gerd Leonhard breaks new ground again by bringing together mankind’s urge to upgrade and automate everything down to human biology itself with our timeless quest for freedom and happiness. Before it s too late, we must stop and ask the big questions: How do we embrace technology without becoming it? When it happens gradually, then suddenly the machine era will create the greatest watershed in human life on… read more

Fat for Fuel: A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase Your Energy

May 15, 2017

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author |
Dr. Joseph Mercola
year published |
2017

For over a century, we’ve accepted the scientific consensus that cancer results from genetic disease due to chromosomal damage in cell nuclei. But what if cancer isn’t a genetic disease after all? What if scientists are chasing a flawed paradigm, and cancer isn’t a disease of damaged DNA but rather of defective metabolism as a result of mitochondrial dysfunction? What if that startling truth could revolutionize our understanding of other… read more

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