In Radical Evolution, bestselling author Joel Garreau, a reporter and editor for the
Washington Post, shows us that we are at an inflection point in history. As
you read this, we are engineering the next stage of human evolution. Through
advances in genetic, robotic, information and nanotechnologies, we are altering
our minds, our memories, our metabolisms, our personalities, our progeny - and
perhaps our very souls.
Taking us behind the scenes with today's foremost researchers and pioneers, Garreau reveals that the super powers of our comic-book heroes already exist, or are in development in hospitals, labs, and research facilities around the country -- from the revved up reflexes and speed of Spider-Man and Superman, to the enhanced mental acuity and memory capabilities of an advanced species.
Over the next fifteen years, Garreau makes clear, these enhancements will become part of our everyday lives. Where will they lead us? To heaven - where technology's promise to make us smarter, vanquish illness and extend our lives is the answer to our prayers? Or will they lead us, as some argue, to hell - where unrestrained technology brings about the ultimate destruction of our entire species? With the help and insights of the gifted thinkers and scientists who are making what has previously been thought of as science fiction a reality, Garreau explores how these developments, in our lifetime, will affect everything from the way we date to the way we work, from how we think and act to how we fall in love. It is a book about what our world is becoming today, not fifty years out. As Garreau cautions, it is only by anticipating the future that we can hope to shape it.
The Future of Human Nature
Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not
Henry Miller, Tropic of Capricorn
This book can't begin with the tale of the telekinetic monkey.
That certainly comes as a surprise. After all, how often does someone writing nonfiction get to lead with a monkey who can move objects with her thoughts?
If you lunge at this opportunity, however, the story comes out all wrong. It sounds like science fiction, for one thing, even though the monkeya cute little critter named Belleis completely real and scampering at Duke University.
This gulf between what engineers are actually creating today and what ordinary readers might find believable is significant. It is the first ...
Whatever your views on scientific advancements, there is one factor that is indisputable - they are advancing at an extraordinary rate - Radical Evolution offers four scenarios as to how things could pan out...
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Joel Garreau is the author of the bestselling Edge City: Life on the New
Frontier and The Nine Nations of North America, he is a reporter and
editor at The Washington Post, a member of the scenario-planning organization
Global Business Network, and has served as a senior fellow at George Mason
University and the University of California at Berkeley.He lives in Broad Run,
The excerpt at BookBrowse is substantial but if you want to read even more, you'll find more than enough to hold your own around in conversation at the author's website!
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