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The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human

January 6, 2011

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V. S. Ramachandran
year published |
2011

Amazon | Drawing on strange and thought-provoking case studies, an eminent neurologist offers unprecedented insight into the evolution of the uniquely human brain, V. S. Ramachandran is at the forefront of his field — so much so that Richard Dawkins dubbed him the “Marco Polo of neuroscience.” Now, in a major new work, Ramachandran sets his sights on the mystery of human uniqueness. Taking us to the frontiers of… read more

Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating And Profiting from Technology

February 16, 2011

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author |
Henry William Chesbrough
year published |
2005

Publisher’s Weekly | The great corporate research departments at companies like Bell Labs, IBM and Xerox were once the motor of American industry. But that may be changing, according to this probing academic study of corporate technological innovation.

Chesbrough, an assistant professor at the Harvard Business School, argues that the old “closed innovation” model — vertically integrated research and development departments that develop technology in-house for the sole… read more

Landscape of the Mind: Human Evolution and the Archaeology of Thought

April 21, 2011

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author |
John F. Hoffecker
year published |
2011

Amazon | John F. Hoffecker explores the origin and growth of the mind, drawing on information from the human fossil record, archaeology, and history. Hoffecker argues that, as an indirect result of bipedal locomotion, early humans developed a feedback relationship among their hands, brains, and tools, evolving the capacity to externalize thoughts in the form of shaped stone objects. When anatomically modern humans evolved a parallel capacity to… read more

Iron Man and Philosophy: Facing the Stark Reality

June 7, 2011

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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

100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, From Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith

July 14, 2011

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author |
Sonia Arrison
year published |
2011

Amazon | Humanity is on the cusp of an exciting longevity revolution. The first person to live to 150 years has probably already been born.

What will your life look like when you live to be over 100? Will you be healthy? Will your marriage need a sunset clause? How long will you have to work? Will you finish one career at sixty-five only to go… read more

Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter

December 14, 2011

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author |
Terrence W. Deacon
year published |
2011

Amazon | As physicists work toward completing a theory of the universe and biologists unravel the molecular complexity of life, a glaring incompleteness in this scientific vision becomes apparent. The “Theory of Everything” that appears to be emerging includes everything but us: the feelings, meanings, consciousness, and purposes that make us (and many of our animal cousins) what we are. These most immediate and incontrovertible phenomena are left… read more

Culturing Life: How Cells Became Technologies

March 27, 2012

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author |
Hannah Landecker
year published |
2007

Amazon | How did cells make the journey, one we take so much for granted, from their origin in living bodies to something that can be grown and manipulated on artificial media in the laboratory, a substantial biomass living outside a human body, plant, or animal? This is the question at the heart of Hannah Landecker’s book. She shows how cell culture changed the way we think about such central… read more

Moonrush: Improving Life on Earth with the Moon’s Resources: Apogee Books Space Series 43

February 10, 2013

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author |
Dennis Wingo
year published |
2004

This forward-thinking book examines how the exploration of space may eventually transform the global economy.

Recently, the World Wildlife Federation declared that it would take the equivalent of two more Earth’s to sustain our planetary population at the level of affluence that the western world enjoys. Today we live in a world of six billion people who are gobbling up our planet’s resources at a tremendous and accelerating… read more

Upload

May 20, 2013

Upload

author |
Mark McClelland
year published |
2012

His criminal past catching up with him, a troubled young man seeks escape into digital utopia by uploading his consciousness into a computer — just as his first love casts his life in a new light. In this thrilling near-future science-fiction novel, Mark McClelland explores the immense potential of computer-based consciousness and the philosophical perils of simulated society.

Kindle version also available at this link

Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking

August 5, 2013

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Daniel Dennett
year published |
2013

One of the world’s leading philosophers offers aspiring thinkers his personal trove of mind-stretching thought experiments.

Over a storied career, Daniel C. Dennett has engaged questions about science and the workings of the mind. His answers have combined rigorous argument with strong empirical grounding. And a lot of fun.

Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking offers 77 of Dennett’s most successful “imagination-extenders and focus-holders” meant to guide… read more

Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance

February 24, 2014

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author |
Julia Angwin
year published |
2014

An inside look at who’s watching you, what they know and why it matters. We are being watched.

We see online ads from websites we’ve visited, long after we’ve moved on to other interests. Our smartphones and cars transmit our location, enabling us to know what’s in the neighborhood but also enabling others to track us. And the federal government, we recently learned, has been conducting a massive… read more

Enterprise 2.0: New Collaborative Tools for Your Organization’s Toughest Challenges

July 31, 2014

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author |
Andrew McAfee
year published |
2009

“Web 2.0″ is the portion of the Internet that’s interactively produced by many people; it includes Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, Delicious, and prediction markets. In just a few years, Web 2.0 communities have demonstrated astonishing levels of innovation, knowledge accumulation, collaboration, and collective intelligence.

Now, leading organizations are bringing the Web’s novel tools and philosophies inside, creating Enterprise 2.0. In this book, Andrew McAfee shows how they’re doing this,… read more

After Physics

February 2, 2015

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author |
David Z Albert
year published |
2015

After Physics presents ambitious new essays about some of the deepest questions at the foundations of physics, by the physicist and philosopher David Albert. The book’s title alludes to the close connections between physics and metaphysics, much in evidence throughout these essays. It also alludes to the work of imagining what it would be like for the project of physical science—considered as an investigation into the fundamental laws of… read more

Speak

September 22, 2015

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author |
Louisa Hall
year published |
2015

A thoughtful, poignant novel that explores the creation of Artificial Intelligence—illuminating the very human need for communication, connection, and understanding.

In a narrative that spans geography and time, from the Atlantic Ocean in the seventeenth century, to a correctional institute in Texas in the near future, and told from the perspectives of five very different characters, Speak considers what it means to be human, and what it means… read more

Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence

March 18, 2016

Science Fiction and Philosophy

author |
Susan Schneider
year published |
2016

Featuring numerous updates and enhancements, Science Fiction and Philosophy, 2nd Edition,  presents a collection of readings that utilize concepts developed from science fiction to explore a variety of classic and contemporary philosophical issues.

Uses science fiction to address a series of classic and contemporary philosophical issues, including many raised by recent scientific developments.

Explores questions relating to transhumanism, brain enhancement, time travel, the nature of the self, and… read more

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