Leading Scientists Explore Societies, Art, Power, and Technology

John Brockman

ISBN: 9780062023131
Published: July 2016

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Why do civilizations rise and fallWhat are the origins and purpose of artHow does technology shape society Did culture direct human evolutionIs the Internet an agent of democracy or dictatorshipsAn immensely powerful but little-understood force that impacts society, art, politics, and even human biological development, culture is the very stage on which human experience plays out. But what is it, exactly What are its rules and origins In this fascinating volume, John Brockman, editor and publisher of Edge, presents short, accessible explorations of culture's essential aspects, by today's most influential scientists and thinkers.Contributors and topics includeJared Diamond on why societies collapse and how we can make better decisions to protect our own future * Denis Dutton on the origins of art Daniel C. Dennett on the evolution of cultures * Jaron Lanier on the ominous impact of the Internet * Nicholas Christakis on the structure and rules of social networks, both "real" and online * Clay Shirky and Evgeny Morozov on the new political reality of the digital era * Brian Eno on what cultures value Stewart Brand on the responsibilities of human power * Douglas Rushkoff on the next Renaissance * W. Daniel Hillis on the Net as a global "knowledge web"

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  • ISBN: 9780062023131
  • Published: July 2016
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Width (mm): 135
  • Height (mm): 203
  • Depth (mm): 17
  • Weight (g): 231


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