How Should Humanity Steer the Future?

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Anthony Aguirre, Brendan Foster, Zeeya Merali
Springer, Sep 18, 2015 - Science - 175 pages

The fourteen award-winning essays in this volume discuss a range of novel ideas and controversial topics that could decisively influence the course of human life on Earth. Their authors address, in accessible language, issues as diverse as: enabling our social systems to learn; research in biological engineering and artificial intelligence; mending and enhancing minds; improving the way we do, and teach, science; living in the here and now; and the value of play.

The essays are enhanced versions of the prize-winning entries submitted to the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi) essay competition in 2014. FQXi, catalyzes, supports, and disseminates research on questions at the foundations of physics and cosmology, particularly new frontiers and innovative ideas integral to a deep understanding of reality, but unlikely to be supported by conventional funding sources.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 How to Save the World
5
3 Humanity Is Much More than the Sum of Humans
15
4 Crucial Phenomena
27
5 The Leverage and Centrality of Mind
37
6 A Participatory Future of Humanity
49
Recovering Utopia for the 21st Century
61
8 Enlightenment Is Not for the Buddha Alone
71
10 Recognizing the Value of Play
97
11 Improving Science for a Better Future
113
The Case for a Robust Repository of Human Knowledge
127
13 The Tip of the Spear
135
14 UTurn or U Die
145
15 Smooth Seas Do Not Make Good Sailors
159
Appendix List of Winners
170
Titles in this Series
173

Crowdsourcing Innovation by Refocusing Science Education
85

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Anthony Aguirre
Brendan Foster
Zeeya Merali

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