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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

Living with the Genie: Essays On Technology And The Quest For Human Mastery

June 16, 2011

Living with the Genie book cover

author |
Alan Lightman, Daniel Sarewitz, Christina Desser
year published |
2004

Amazon | Biotechnology, Cloning, Robotics, Nanotechnology…

At a time when scientific and technological breakthroughs keep our eyes focused on the latest software upgrades or the newest cell-phone wizardry, a group of today’s most innovative thinkers are looking beyond the horizon to explore both the promise and the peril of our technological future.

Human ingenuity has granted us a world of unprecedented personal power — enabling us to… read more

You Are Not Your Brain: The Four-Step Solution for Changing Bad Habits, Ending Unhealthy Thinking, and Taking Control of Your Life

June 16, 2011

You Are Not Your Brain book cover

author |
Jeffrey M. Schwartz, Rebecca Gladding
year published |
2011

Amazon | Two neuroscience experts explain how their 4-Step Method can help break destructive thoughts and actions and change bad habits for good.

A leading neuroplasticity researcher and the coauthor of the groundbreaking books Brain Lock and The Mind and the Brain, Jeffrey M. Schwartz has spent his career studying the structure and neuronal firing patterns of the human brain. He pioneered the first mindfulness-based treatment program for… read more

Complexity: A Guided Tour

June 7, 2011

Complexity: A Guided Tour book cover

author |
Melanie Mitchell
year published |
2009

Amazon | What enables individually simple insects like ants to act with such precision and purpose as a group? How do trillions of individual neurons produce something as extraordinarily complex as consciousness? What is it that guides self-organizing structures like the immune system, the World Wide Web, the global economy, and the human genome? These are just a few of the fascinating and elusive questions that the… read more

First Life: Discovering the Connections between Stars, Cells, and How Life Began

June 7, 2011

First Life book cover

author |
David Deamer
year published |
2011

Amazon | This pathbreaking book explores how life can begin, taking us from cosmic clouds of stardust, to volcanoes on Earth, to the modern chemistry laboratory. Seeking to understand life’s connection to the stars, David Deamer introduces astrobiology, a new scientific discipline that studies the origin and evolution of life on Earth and relates it to the birth and death of stars, planet formation, interfaces between minerals,… read more

The Recursive Mind: The Origins of Human Language, Thought, and Civilization

June 7, 2011

The Recursive Mind book cover

author |
Michael C. Corballis
year published |
2011

Amazon | The Recursive Mind challenges the commonly held notion that language is what makes us uniquely human. In this compelling book, Michael Corballis argues that what distinguishes us in the animal kingdom is our capacity for recursion: the ability to embed our thoughts within other thoughts. “I think, therefore I am,” is an example of recursive thought, because the thinker has inserted himself into his thought.… read more

Iron Man and Philosophy: Facing the Stark Reality

June 7, 2011

Iron Man and Philosophy book cover

author |
Mark D. White, William Irwin
year published |
2010

Amazon | The first look at the philosophy behind the Iron Man comics and movies, timed for the release of Iron Man 2 in March 2010.

On the surface, Iron Man appears to be a straightforward superhero, another rich guy fighting crime with fancy gadgets. But beneath the shiny armor and flashy technology lies Tony Stark, brilliant inventor and eccentric playboy, struggling to balance his desires, addictions, and relationships… read more

Made to Break: Technology and Obsolescence in America

June 7, 2011

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author |
Giles Slade
year published |
2007

Amazon | If you’ve replaced a computer lately — or a cell phone, a camera, a television — chances are, the old one still worked. And chances are even greater that the latest model won’t last as long as the one it replaced. Welcome to the world of planned obsolescence — a business model, a way of life, and a uniquely American invention that this eye-opening book explores from its beginnings… 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

Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics book cover

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

Robopocalypse: A Novel

June 2, 2011

Robopocalypse book cover

author |
Daniel H. Wilson
year published |
2011

Amazon | They are in your house. They are in your car. They are in the skies…Now they’re coming for you.

In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online… read more

One Two Three . . . Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science

June 1, 2011

One Two Three Infinity book cover

author |
George Gamow
year published |
1988

Goodreads | One of the world’s foremost nuclear physicists (celebrated for his theory of radioactive decay, among other accomplishments), George Gamow possesses the unique ability of making the world of science accessible to the general reader.

He brings that ability to bear in this delightful expedition through the problems, pleasures and puzzles of modern science. Among the topics scrutinized with the author’s celebrated good humor and pedagogical… read more

Thirty Years that Shook Physics: The Story of Quantum Theory

June 1, 2011

Thirty Years That Shook Physics book cover

author |
George Gamow
year published |
1985

Goodreads | In 1900, German physicist Max Planck postulated that light, or radiant energy can exist only in the form of discrete packages or quanta. This profound insight, along with Einstein’s equally momentous theories of relativity, completely revolutionized man’s view of matter, energy, and the nature of physics itself.

In this lucid layman’s introduction to quantum theory, an eminent physicist and noted popularizer of science traces the… read more

The Life Extension Revolution: The New Science of Growing Older Without Aging

June 1, 2011

Life Extension Revolution book cover

author |
Philip Lee Miller, Monica Reinagel
year published |
2006

Amazon | For the first time the lay public can benefit from the anti-aging secrets discovered by the Life Extension Foundation, the world’s largest, most respected organization dedicated to anti-aging research. Working with the Life Extension Foundation, renowned anti-aging physician Philip Lee Miller shows you how to retain your physical health and vigor, mental clarity, and youthful appearance — for life.

This groundbreaking book translates cutting-edge anti-aging… read more

Code/Space: Software and Everyday Life

May 26, 2011

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author |
Rob Kitchin, Martin Dodge
year published |
2011

Amazon | After little more than half a century since its initial development, computer code is extensively and intimately woven into the fabric of our everyday lives. From the digital alarm clock that wakes us to the air traffic control system that guides our plane in for a landing, software is shaping our world: it creates new ways of undertaking tasks, speeds up and automates existing practices,… read more

Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family

May 24, 2011

Disconnect book cover

author |
Devra Davis
year published |
2010

Amazon | The much-anticipated, explosive expose of how cell phone use damages brain cells, especially in children, by one of the world’s foremost scientific experts in the field.

Devra Davis presents an array of recent and long suppressed research in this timely bombshell. Cell phone radiation is a national emergency. Stunningly, the most popular gadget of our age has now been shown to damage DNA, break… read more

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