"death is an imposition on the human race, and no longer acceptable," reads the first sentence of this extraordinary book. within the last few years "[w]e have circled the moon, harnessed nuclear energy, artificially reproduced dna, and now have the biochemical means to control birth; why should death itself, the last enemy, be considered sacred and beyond conquest?
The printing press, the pencil, the flush toilet, the battery--these are all great ideas. but where do they come from? what kind of environment breeds them? what sparks the flash of brilliance? how do we generate the breakthrough technologies that push forward our lives, our society, our culture? steven johnson's answers are revelatory as he identifies the seven key patterns behind genuine innovation, and traces them across time and disciplines. from darwin and freud to the halls of google and apple, johnson investigates the innovation hubs throughout modern time and
Winner of the pulitzer prize in 1974 and the culmination of a life's work, the denial of death is ernest becker's brilliant and impassioned answer to the "why" of human existence. in bold contrast to the predominant freudian school of thought, becker tackles the problem of the vital lie -- man's refusal to acknowledge his own mortality. in doing so, he sheds new light on the nature of humanity and issues a call to life and its living that still resonates more than twenty years after its writing.
For over three decades, ray kurzweil has been one of the most respected and provocative advocates of the role of technology in our future. in his classic the age of spiritual machines, he argued that computers would soon rival the full range of human intelligence at its best. now he examines the next step in this inexorable evolutionary process: the union of human and machine, in which the knowledge and skills embedded in our brains will be combined with the vastly greater capacity, speed, and knowledge-sharing ability of our creations.
"verbalizing visceral feelings about technology, whether attraction or repulsion, kelly explores the “technium,” his term for the globalized, interconnected stage of technological development. arguing that the processes creating the technium are akin to those of biological evolution, kelly devotes the opening sections of his exposition to that analogy, maintaining that the technium exhibits a similar tendency toward self-organizing complexity. having defined the technium, kelly addresses its discontents, as expressed by the unabomber (although kelly admits to trepidation in taking seriously the antitechnology screeds of a murderer) and then as lived
An exploration of how extreme athletes break the limits of ultimate human performance and what we can learn from their mastery of the state of consciousness known as “flow” in this groundbreaking book, new york times–bestselling author steven kotler decodes the mystery of ultimate human performance. drawing on over a decade of research and first-hand interviews with dozens of top action and adventure sports athletes such as big–wave legend laird hamilton, big–mountain snowboarder jeremy jones, and skateboarding pioneer danny way, kotler explores the frontier science of “flow,” an optimal state
“[It's] all about how athletes seem to have honed in; they seem to have hacked flow essentially.”