Monthly Archives: May 2011

System Gaia

28 May 11 
This book places humanity in context as part of the Earth system, using a new scientific synthesis to illustrate our debt to the deep past and our potential for the future. 




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Welcome to the Future

16 May 11 
Two pioneering experts in the field of virtual reality, reveal how the human brain behaves in virtual environments and examine where radical new developments in digital technology will lead us in five, fifty, and five hundred years. 




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The Most Human Human

Brian Christian, who studied computer science, philosophy, and poetry, has just published his first book, The Most Human Human. Recently, he answered questions about the Turing test, online romance, and conversation fillers. 5 May 11

Big History

David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes. An enlightening, wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline. 5 May 11

A Most Human Development

5 May 11 
For the first time in history, we are interacting with computers so sophisticated that we think they’re human beings. This is a remarkable feat of human ingenuity, but what does it say about our humanity? Are we really no better at being human than the machines we’ve created? 




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Starting Over

If you only had a single statement to pass on to others summarizing the most vital lesson to be drawn from your work, what would it be? Seed asked eleven scientists this question. These are their answers. 1 May 11

Meditation may help

Researchers have found that positive effects of mindfulness meditation on pain and working memory may result from an improved ability to regulate alpha rhythms to deal with an often-overstimulating world. 1 May 11