New York : Harper Perennial, c2007
xxxiii, 301 p. ; 21 cm ISBN/ISSN:
0061214957, 9780061214950, 0061214957 :, Language:
We have no souls / The rejection of soul / The evolution of evil / The differences between humans and nonhumans are quantitative, not qualitative / Groups of people may differ genetically in their average talents and temperaments / The genetic basis of human behavior / Marionettes on genetic strings / Francis Crick's dangerous idea / Being alone in the universe / Life as an agent of energy dispersal / We are entirely alone / Science may be running out of control / Why I hope the standard model is wrong about why there is more matter than antimatter / The idea that we understand plutonium / The idea that we should all share our most dangerous ideas / The idea that ideas can be dangerous / The fight against global warming is lost / Think outside the Kyoto box / Our planet is not in peril / The effect of art can't be controlled or anticipated / A "grand narrative" /
Our universal moral grammar's immunity to religion / Bertrand Russell's dangerous idea / Hodgepodge morality / We will understand the origin of life within the next five years / Understanding molecular biology without discovering the origins of life / The problem with super mirrors / Cyberdisinhibition / Brains cannot become minds without bodies / What are people well informed about in the information age? / More anonymity is good / A new golden age of medicine / Using medications to change personality / Drugs may change the patterns of human love / A marriage option for all / Choosing the sex of one's child / The idea of ideas / The human brain will never understand the universe / The world may be fundamentally inexplicable / The "landscape' / Seeing Darwin in the light of Einstein ; Seeing Einstein in the light of Darwin / The multiverse /
What twentieth-century physics says about the world might be true / It's a matter of time / A radical re-evaluation of the character of time / It's OK not to know everything / The end of insight / When will the Internet become aware of itself? / Democratizing access to the means of invention / Mind is a universally distributed quality / The forbidden fruit intuition / The posterior probability of any particular god is pretty small / Science must destroy religion / The self is a conceptual chimera / The greatest story every told / Science as just another religion / This is all there is / A science of the divine? / Science will never silence god / Religion is the hope that is missing in science / Myths and fairy tales are not true / Parental licensure / Zero parental influence / The focus on emotional intelligence / A cacophony of "controversy" / Applied history /
Tribal peoples often damage their environments and make war / Nothing / Everything is pointless / There aren't enough minds to house the population explosion of memes / Unspeakable ideas / Anty gravity : chaos theory in an all-too-practical sense / Navigating by new scientific principles / A political system based on empathy / Social relativity / There is something new under the sun, us / A spoon is like a headache / Projection of the longevity curve / The near-term inevitability of radical life extension and expansion / The domestication of biotechnology / Public engagement in science and technology / Suppose Faulkner was right? / What if the unknown becomes known and is not replaced with a new unknown? / Where goods cross frontiers, armies won't / Government is the problem, not the solution / The free market /
Modern science is a product of biology / No more teacher's dirty looks / We are all virtual / Runaway consumerism explains the Fermi paradox / Simulation versus authenticity / Culture is natural / The human brain is a cultural artifact / Free will is exercised unconsciously / Free will is going away / The limits of introspection / What we know may not change us / Telling more than we can know / The quick-thinking zombies inside us / The banality of evil, the banality of heroism / Open-source currency / Is the West already on a downhill course? / Technology can untie the United States / Democracy may be on its way out / Marx was right : the state will evaporate / Following Sisyphus / How can I trust, in the face of so many unknowables? / A twenty-four-hour period of absolute solitude /
John Horgan -- Paul Bloom -- David Buss -- Irene Pepperberg -- Steven Pinker -- J. Craig Venter -- Jerry Coyne -- V.S. Ramachandran -- Rodney Brooks -- Scott D. Sampson -- Keith Devlin -- Martin Rees -- Frank J. Tipler -- Jeremy Bernstein -- W. Daniel Hillis -- Daniel Gilbert -- Paul C.W. Davies -- Gregory Benford -- Oliver Morton -- April Gornik -- Denis Dutton --
Marc D. Hauser -- Nicholas Humphrey -- David Pizarro -- Robert Shapiro -- George Dyson -- Marco Iacoboni -- Daniel Goleman -- Alun Anderson -- David Gelernter -- Kevin Kelly -- Paul W. Ewald -- Samuel Barondes -- Helen Fisher -- David G. Myers -- Diane F. Halpern -- Seth Lloyd -- Karl Sabbagh -- Lawrence M. Krauss -- Leonard Susskind -- Lee Smolin -- Brian Greene --
Carlo Rovelli -- Paul Steinhardt -- Piet Hut -- Marcelo Gleiser -- Steven Strogatz -- Terrence Sejnowski -- Neil Gershenfeld -- Rudy Rucker -- Thomas Metzinger -- Philip W. Anderson -- Sam Harris -- John Allen Paulos -- Carolyn C. Porco -- Jordan Pollack -- Robert R. Provine -- Stephen M. Kosslyn -- Jesse Bering -- Scott Atran -- Todd E. Feinberg -- David Lykken -- Judith Rich Harris -- John Gottman -- Alison Gopnik -- Stewart Brand --
Jared Diamond -- Charles Seife -- Susan Blackmore -- Daniel C. Dennett -- Randolph M. Nesse -- Kai Krause -- Rupert Sheldrake -- Simon Baron-Cohen -- Tor Nørrtranders -- Gregory Cochran -- Donald D. Hoffman -- Gerald Holton -- Ray Kurzweil -- Freeman J. Dyson -- Philip Campbell -- Joel Garreau -- Eric Fischl -- Michael Shermer -- Matt Ridley -- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi --
Arnold Trehub -- Roger C. Schank -- Clifford Pickover -- Geoffrey Miller -- Sherry Turkle -- Dan Sperber -- Timothy Taylor -- Eric R. Kandel -- Clay Shirky -- Mahzarin R. Banaji -- Barry C. Smith -- Richard E. Nisbett -- Andy Clark -- Philip G. Zimbardo -- Douglas Rushkoff -- David Bodanis -- Juan Enriquez -- Haim Harari -- James O'Donnell -- Howard Gardner -- Ernst Pöppel -- Leo M. Chalupa
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