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What S Next

Author: Max Brockman
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 030745665X
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Will climate change force a massive human migration to the Northern Rim? How does our sense of morality arise from the structure of the brain? What does the latest research in language acquisition tells us about the role of culture in the way we think? What does current neurological research tell us about the nature of time? This wide-ranging collection of never-before-published essays offers the very latest insights into the daunting scientific questions of our time. Its contributors—some of the most brilliant young scientists working today—provide not only an introduction to their cutting-edge research, but discuss the social, ethical, and philosophical ramifications of their work. With essays covering fields as diverse as astrophysics, paleoanthropology, climatology, and neuroscience, What's Next? is a lucid and informed guide to the new frontiers of science. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Future Science

Author: Max Brockman
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199699356
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"Eighteen of the top young scientists at work today present for the lay reader the latest developments in the fields of evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, genetic engineering, and climate science"--

Physics Of The Future

Author: Michio Kaku
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141931396
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The international bestselling author of Physics of the Impossible gives us a stunning and provocative vision of the future Based on interviews with over three hundred of the world's top scientists, who are already inventing the future in their labs, Kaku-in a lucid and engaging fashion-presents the revolutionary developments in medicine, computers, quantum physics, and space travel that will forever change our way of life and alter the course of civilization itself. His astonishing revelations include: The Internet will be in your contact lens. It will recognize people's faces, display their biographies, and even translate their words into subtitles. You will control computers and appliances via tiny sensors that pick up your brain scans. You will be able to rearrange the shape of objects. Sensors in your clothing, bathroom, and appliances will monitor your vitals, and nanobots will scan your DNA and cells for signs of danger, allowing life expectancy to increase dramatically. Radically new spaceships, using laser propulsion, may replace the expensive chemical rockets of today. You may be able to take an elevator hundreds of miles into space by simply pushing the "up" button. Like Physics of the Impossible and Visions before it, Physics of the Future is an exhilarating, wondrous ride through the next one hundred years of breathtaking scientific revolution. Internationally acclaimed physicist Dr Michio Kaku holds the Henry Semat Chair in Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York. He is also an international bestselling author, his books including Hyperspace and Parallel Worlds, and a distinguished writer, having featured in Time, the Wall Street Journal, the Sunday Times and the New Scientist to name but a few. Dr Kaku also hosts his own radio show, 'Science Fantastic', and recently presented the BBC's popular series 'Time'.


Author: Frank Schirrmacher
Publisher: Karl Blessing Verlag
ISBN: 3641029953
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Warum sind wir im Informationszeitalter gezwungen zu tun, was wir nicht tun wollen, und wie gewinnen wir die Kontrolle über unser Denken zurück? Was wollte ich gerade tun? Wieso haben die Dinge kein Ende mehr? Was geschieht mit meinem Gehirn? Fast jeder kennt die neue Vergesslichkeit und die fast pathologische Zunahme von Konzentrationsstörungen. Dahinter steckt sehr viel mehr als nur Überforderung. Wir wissen mehr als je zuvor und fürchten doch ständig, das Wichtigste zu verpassen. Der Mensch ist nicht nur ein Fleisch- und Pflanzenfresser, er ist auch ein Informationsfresser. Informationen sind Vorteile und in der Informations-Nahrungskette siegt der, der am schnellsten und effektivsten Nachrichten sendet und empfängt. Aber diese neue Form des Darwinismus führt dazu, dass wir nicht mehr unterscheiden können, was wichtig ist und was nicht. Wir rufen unsere ganze Lebensbahn immer stärker wie Informationen ab und zerstören so unsere Fähigkeit, mit Unerwartetem umzugehen. Die Frage lautet, ob wir bereits begonnen haben, uns selbst wie Computer zu behandeln, und ob wir damit Gefahr laufen, den Menschen in mathematische Formeln zu verwandeln ... Nicht die Technologien sind Schuld, sondern die Tatsache, dass immer häufiger nur noch das im Menschen gefordert und gefördert wird, was mit den Rechnern kompatibel ist. Eine Welt ohne Informationstechnologie ist nicht vorstellbar. Aber die pure Koexistenz von Mensch und Computer führt zum Sieg der künstlichen Intelligenz. Schon bald werden Computer zu Dingen fähig sein, die heute noch unvorstellbar scheinen. Sie werden unsere Wünsche besser kennen als wir selbst und in der Lage sein, sogar unsere Assoziationen in Software zu übersetzen. Wichtig aber ist, dass wir währenddessen unsere Fähigkeiten nicht verlieren. Wir können zurückfordern, was uns genommen wird, wenn wir die Stärken des Menschen neu bestimmen. Ausgehend von Gesprächen mit den führenden Köpfen des Internet-Zeitalters und wichtigen Vertretern der modernen Psychologie zeigt Frank Schirrmacher, wie sich schon in den nächsten Jahren das Selbstbild des Menschen wandeln könnte und welche faszinierenden Antworten auf diese Krise möglich sind. • Wir werden bombardiert mit dem, was andere Menschen jede Sekunde tun • Wir werden voraussagen können, was jeder Mensch in der nächsten Minute tun will • Wir wissen alles. Und nichts über uns selbst

The Complexity Paradox

Author: Kenneth Mossman
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199330360
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Living systems exhibit a fundamental contradiction: they are highly stable and reliable, yet they have the capacity to adapt to changing environmental conditions. This paradoxical behavior arises from the complexity of life--a high degree of order and cooperation that emerges from relatively simple interactions among cellular components. The Complexity Paradox proposes inventive, interdisciplinary approaches to maintaining health and managing and preventing disease by considering the totality of human biology, from the cellular level on up to entire populations of individuals. From the perspective of complexity, which acknowledges that there are limits to what we can know, Kenneth L. Mossman opens the door to understanding essential life processes in new and extraordinary ways. By tying together evolution, functional dynamics, and investigations into how the body processes energy and uses genetic information, Mossman's analysis expresses a unified theory of biology that fills a critical niche for future research in biology, medicine, and public health.

Perception And Its Modalities

Author: Dustin Stokes
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199381615
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This volume is about the many ways we perceive. In nineteen new essays, philosophers and cognitive scientists explore the nature of the individual senses, how and what they tell us about the world, and how they interrelate. They consider how the senses extract perceptual content from receptoral information and what kinds of objects we perceive and whether multiple senses ever perceive a single event. Questions pertaining to how many senses we have, what makes one sense distinct from another, and whether and why distinguishing senses may be useful feature prominently. Contributors examine the extent to which the senses act in concert, rather than as discrete modalities, and whether this influence is epistemically pernicious, neutral, or beneficial. Many of the essays engage with the idea that it is unduly restrictive to think of perception as a collation of contents provided by individual sense modalities. Rather, contributors contend that to understand perception properly we need to build into our accounts the idea that the senses work together. In doing so, they aim to develop better paradigms for understanding the senses and thereby to move toward a better understanding of perception.

The Shallows

Author: Nicholas Carr
Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd
ISBN: 1848878834
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In this ground-breaking and compelling book, Nicholas Carr argues that not since Gutenberg invented printing has humanity been exposed to such a mind-altering technology. The Shallows draws on the latest research to show that the Net is literally re-wiring our brains inducing only superficial understanding. As a consequence there are profound changes in the way we live and communicate, remember and socialise - even in our very conception of ourselves. By moving from the depths of thought to the shallows of distraction, the web, it seems, is actually fostering ignorance. The Shallows is not a manifesto for luddites, nor does it seek to turn back the clock. Rather it is a revelatory reminder of how far the Internet has become enmeshed in our daily existence and is affecting the way we think. This landmark book compels us all to look anew at our dependence on this all-pervasive technology.

Cultural Semantics And Social Cognition

Author: Carsten Levisen
Publisher: Mouton De Gruyter
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"Presenting original, detailed studies of keywords of Danish, this book breaks new ground for the study of language and cultural values. Based on evidence from the semantic categories of everyday language, such as the Danish concept of hygge (roughly meaning, 'pleasant togetherness'), the book provides an integrative socio-cognitive framework for studying and understanding language-particular universes. It is argued that the worlds we live in are not linguistically and conceptually neutral, but rather that speakers who live by Danish concepts are likely to pay attention to their world in ways suggested by central Danish keywords and lexical grids. By means of a sophisticated semantic methodology, the author accounts for the meanings of even highly culture-specific and untranslatable linguistic concepts. The book offers new tools for comparative research into the diversity of semantic and cultural systems in contemporary Europe. Additionally, it contributes to the emerging discipline of cultural semantics, and to the ongoing debates of linguistic diversity, metalanguage, and the use of linguistic evidence in studies of culture and social cognition."--Publisher description.