The New Humanists: Science at the Edge

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John Brockman
Barnes & Noble Publishing, 2003 - Science - 408 pages
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When John Brockman’s essay, “The New Humanists” appeared on his popular cutting-edge science website, EDGE (www.edge.org), he received a record number of responses from the intellectuals of the EDGE community. In his essay, Brockman noted that the American intellectual had become proudly or defiantly ignorant of major scientific accomplishments. According to Brockman, intellectual thought was becoming trapped in a “swelling spiral of commentary,” and often ignored the real world. Citing C.P. Snow’s theory of two cultures: the literary intellectual and the scientist, Brockman predicted an “emerging third culture” where scientists and other empirical thinkers, through their work and writing, would redefine who and what we are.

In The New Humanists: Science At the Edge, Brockman has assembled some of the top scientists of today: Jared Diamond, Steven Pinker, Daniel Dennett, Marvin Minsky, Lee Smolin, and others, and has them discuss the unique contributions each of them is making to the development of modern thought. Some of these thinkers are in sync, others in dissent, but what emerges in The New Humanists is a dialogue that serves as a support to Brockman’s theory and an introduction to some of the best scientific minds of the 21st century.
  

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Review: The New Humanists: Science at the Edge

User Review  - Adam - Goodreads

Some really fantastic essays in here. They're not all gold, but there's not much bad in here either. The only bad thing I can really think to say about this book is that a lot of the essays try to ... Read full review

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an interesting book nothing more nothing less Read full review

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Contents

A New Scientific Synthesis of Human History
15
A Biological Understanding of Human Nature
33
Getting Human Nature Right
53
Natural Born Cyborgs?
67
Animal Minds
79
The Evolution of Cooking
99
The Computational Perspective
111
What Shape Are a German Shepherds Ears?
125
What Comes After Minds?
197
The Singularity
215
One Half of a Manifesto
233
Evolving Universes
265
How Fast How Small and How Powerful? Moores Law and the Ultimate Laptop
267
A Golden Age of Cosmology
285
The Cyclic Universe
297
Theories of the Brane
313

Machina sapiens?
145
Software Is a Cultural Solvent
147
The Second Coming a Manifesto
157
Making Living Systems
169
Making Minds
177
Quantum Computation
187
Loop Quantum Gravity
329
A Look Ahead
353
Responses to The New Humanists
363
Suggested Reading
401
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Page 1 - A fifties' education in Freud, Marx and modernism is not a sufficient qualification for a thinking person in the nineties.
Page 10 - The motto of the community is "to arrive at the edge of the world's knowledge, seek out the most complex and sophisticated minds, put them in a room together, and have them ask each other the questions they are asking themselves.
Page 1 - CULTURE , he third culture consists of those scientists and other thinkers in the empirical world who, through their work and expository writing, are taking the place of the traditional intellectual in rendering visible the deeper meanings of our lives, redefining who and what we are.

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About the author (2003)

The founder and publisher of the online science salon Edge.org, John Brockman is the editor of "Culture", "The Mind", "Is the Internet Changing the Way You Think?", "This Will Change Everything", and other volumes. He is CEO of the literary agency Brockman Inc., and lives in New York City.

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