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Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization

June 4, 2012

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Author:
Stephen Cave
Publisher:
Crown (2012)

Amazon | A fascinating work of popular philosophy and history that both enlightens and entertains, Stephen Cave’s Immortality investigates whether it just might be possible to live forever and whether we should want to.  But it also makes a powerful argument, which is that it’s our very preoccupation with defying mortality that drives civilization.

Central to this book is the metaphor of a mountaintop where one can find the Immortals.  Since the… read more

The Good, the True, and the Beautiful: A Neuronal Approach

August 26, 2013

The Good, the True, and the Beautiful A Neuronal Approach

Author:
Jean-Pierre Changeux
Publisher:
Yale University Press (2012)

In this fascinating and bold discussion, a renowned neurobiologist serves as guide to the most complex physical object in the living world: the human brain. Taking into account the newest brain research—morphological, physiological, chemical, genetic—and placing these findings in the context of psychology, philosophy, art, and literature, Changeux ventures into the unexplored territories where these diverse disciplines intersect.

Changeux’s book draws on Plato’s notion that the Good, the True,… read more

Always On: How the iPhone Unlocked the Anything-Anytime-Anywhere Future — and Locked Us In

June 30, 2011

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Author:
Brian X. Chen
Publisher:
Da Capo Press (2011)

Amazon | Even Steve Jobs didn’t know what he had on his hands when he announced the original iPhone as a combination of a mere “three revolutionary products” — an iPod, a cell phone, and a keyboard-less handheld computer. Once Apple introduced the App Store and opened it up to outside developers, however, the iPhone became capable of serving a rapidly growing number of functions — now more than… read more

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

February 16, 2011

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Author:
Henry William Chesbrough
Publisher:
Harvard Business Press (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

The Lifecycle of Software Objects

August 3, 2010

Lifecycle of Software Objects

Author:
Ted Chiang
Publisher:
Subterranean (2010)

Amazon | Is science fiction a literature of ideas, or of characters? Works that focus on the former often neglect the latter, and vice versa. It’s very difficult to examine complex abstractions and simultaneously articulate the mechanisms of fiction: most writers who attempt this balancing act end up throttling back on the ideas, or fail sideways into technical writing. So Chiang’s novella–the second piece he’s ever published that’s long… read more

Apocalyptic Planet: A Field Guide to the Future of the Earth (Vintage)

August 2, 2013

Apocalyptic Planet

Author:
Craig Childs
Publisher:
Vintage (2013)

2013 Orion Book Award Winner
2013 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award Winner

Ours is not a stable planet. It is prone to sudden, violent natural disasters and extremes of climate. In this exhilarating exploration of our globe, Craig Childs goes to where the apocalypse can be seen now. From the driest deserts of Chile, through the genetic wasteland of central Iowa, to the site of the drowned land bridge… read more

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

July 6, 2011

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Author:
Deepak Chopra
Publisher:
Three Rivers Press (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

The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life

July 6, 2011

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Author:
Deepak Chopra
Publisher:
Three Rivers Press (2005)

Amazon | Every life is a book of secrets, ready to be opened. The secret of perfect love is found there, along with the secrets of healing, compassion, faith, and the most elusive one of all: who we really are. We are still mysteries to ourselves, despite the proximity of these answers, and what we most long to know remains lodged deep inside.

We all want… read more

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes: Harnessing Our Power to Change the World

July 6, 2011

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Author:
Deepak Chopra
Publisher:
HarperOne (2011)

Amazon | Given the volatile state of the world, it is no coincidence that superheroes have captured our imagination like never before. Everywhere you look, superheroes have broken free from their comic book pages and become a dynamic aspect of the culture at large. Superheroes are imbued with magical powers that challenge the laws of space and time, offering us a vision of a world that can change.… read more

The Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self

July 6, 2011

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Author:
Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Debbie Ford
Publisher:
HarperOne (2011)

Amazon | Three beloved teachers, one incredible journey.

New York Times bestselling authors and internationally acclaimed leaders in the field of new thought, Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, and Marianne Williamson have joined together to share their knowledge on one of the most crucial obstacles to happiness we face — the shadow. These three luminaries, each with a signature approach, bring to light the parts of ourselves we deny… read more

War of the Worldviews: Science Vs. Spirituality

June 30, 2011

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Author:
Deepak Chopra, Leonard Mlodinow
Publisher:
Harmony (2011)

Amazon | Two bestselling authors first met in a televised Caltech debate on “the future of God,” one an articulate advocate for spirituality, the other a prominent physicist.  This remarkable book is the product of that serendipitous encounter and the contentious — but respectful — clash of worldviews that grew along with their friendship.

In War of the Worldviews these two great thinkers battle over the cosmos, evolution and… read more

World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humanity, Machines, and the Internet

February 16, 2011

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Author:
Michael Chorost
Publisher:
Free Press (2011)

Amazon | What if digital communication felt as real as being touched?

This question led Michael Chorost to explore profound new ideas triggered by lab research around the world, and the result is the book you now hold. Marvelous and momentous, World Wide Mind takes mind-to-mind communication out of the realm of science fiction and reveals how we are on the verge of a radical new understanding… read more

The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us About What It Means to Be Alive

March 8, 2011

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Author:
Brian Christian
Publisher:
Doubleday (2011)

Amazon | The Most Human Human is a provocative, exuberant, and profound exploration of the ways in which computers are reshaping our ideas of what it means to be human. Its starting point is the annual Turing Test, which pits artificial intelligence programs against people to determine if computers can “think.”

Named for computer pioneer Alan Turing, the Tur­ing Test convenes a panel of judges who… read more

Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves

August 17, 2012

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Author:
George M. Church, Ed Regis
Publisher:
Basic Books (2012)

Nathan Myhrvold, Founder and CEO, Intellectual Ventures:
“A delightfully opinionated, visionary and controversial romp through synthetic biology, which is one of the most important technologies of our time.”

Eric Topol, Professor of Genomics, The Scripps Research Institute, and author of The Creative Destruction of Medicine:
“Literally reinventing nature could provide solutions to intractable problems with the energy supply, global warming, and human health. In Regenesis, George… read more

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

May 8, 2013

Natural Born Cyborgs

Author:
Andy Clark
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA (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

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