Science Is Culture: Conversations at the New Intersection of Science + Society
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Science Is Culture: Conversations at the New Intersection of Science + Society

by Adam Bly, Seed Magazine
     
 

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Seed magazine brings together a unique gathering of prominent scientists, artists, novelists, philosophers + other thinkers who are tearing down the wall between science + culture.

We are on the cusp of a twenty-first-century scientific renaissance. Science is driving our culture and conversation unlike ever before, transforming the

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Seed magazine brings together a unique gathering of prominent scientists, artists, novelists, philosophers + other thinkers who are tearing down the wall between science + culture.

We are on the cusp of a twenty-first-century scientific renaissance. Science is driving our culture and conversation unlike ever before, transforming the social, political, economic, aesthetic, and intellectual landscape of our time. Today, science is culture. As global issues—like energy and health—become increasingly interconnected, and as our curiosities—like how the mind works or why the universe is expanding—become more complex, we need a new way of looking at the world that blurs the lines between scientific disciplines and the borders between the sciences and the arts and humanities. In this spirit, the award-winning science magazine Seed has paired scientists with nonscientists to explore ideas of common interest to us all. This book is the result of these illuminating Seed Salon conversations, edited and with an introduction by Seedfounder and editor in chief Adam Bly. Science Is Culture includes:

E. O. Wilson + Daniel C. Dennet

Steven Pinker + Rebecca Goldstein

Noam Chomsky + Robert Trivers

David Byrne + Daniel Levitin

Jonathan Lethem + Janna Levin

Benoit Mandelbrot + Paola Antonelli

Lisa Randall + Chuck Hoberman

Michel Gondry + Robert Stickgold

Alan Lightman + Richard Colton

Laurie David + Stephen Schneider

Tom Wolfe + Michael Gazzaniga

Marc Hauser + Errol Morris

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Publishers Weekly
In 2001, Bly, founder and editor-in-chief of Seed magazine, was convinced that we were at the cusp of a scientific renaissance that would transform our culture. For him the vitality of the anti-science movement, which opposes the theory of evolution, is a cause for optimism because it is a futile attempt to hold back "the imminent rise of a cultural shift" that will bring necessary changes to how we view the world. This collection of 22 conversations, first published in Seed, brings together a community of artists and physicists, writers and designers, architects and geneticist. The eclectic group discusses a wide range of topics: Cognitive scientist Steven Pinker and novelist Rebecca Goldstein reject the cultural relativist argument that morality is merely a social convention; writers Janna Levin and Jonathan Lethem explore the relationship between metaphor and fantasy in imaginative writing; eminent ecologist Thomas Lovejoy and Mitchell Joachim, co-founder of Terreform ONE, argue the merits of cloth versus plastic diapers. Joachim explains that energy comparison by DuPont were flawed because of the assumptions that cloth diapers would be machine-dried; Lovejoy humorously retorts that in practice the choice between cloth and plastic diapers may be different for Joachim when his wife gives birth to their first child. An animated and engaging discussion of important ideas. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061836541
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/12/2010
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
722,133
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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