Culture: Leading Scientists Explore Societies, Art, Power, and Technology

Culture: Leading Scientists Explore Societies, Art, Power, and Technology

by John Brockman


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Culture: Leading Scientists Explore Societies, Art, Power, and Technology by John Brockman

"Theway Brockman interlaces essays about research on the frontiers of science withones on artistic vision, education, psychology and economics is sure to buzzany brain." —Chicago Sun-Times, on This Will Change Everything

Launchinga hard-hitting new series from and Harper Perennial, editor JohnBrockman delivers this cutting-edge master class covering everything you needto know about Culture. With original contributions by the world’sleading thinkers and scientists, including Jared Diamond, Daniel C. Dennett,Brian Eno, Jaron Lanier,Nicholas Christakis, and others, Culture offers a mind-expanding primeron a fundamental topic. Unparalleled in scope, depth, insight and quality,’s Culture is not to be missed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062023131
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/16/2011
Series: Best of Edge Series
Edition description: Original
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,286,045
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

The publisher of the online science salon, John Brockman is the editor of Know ThisThis Idea Must Die, This Explains Everything, This Will Make You Smarter, and other volumes.

Table of Contents

Introduction John Brockman ix

1 The Evolution of Culture Daniel C. Dennett 1

2 Why Do Some Societies Make Disastrous Decisions? Jared Diamond 27

3 Art and Human Reality Denis Dutton Steven Pinker 43

4 A Big Theory of Culture Brian Eno Stewart Brand 57

5 We Are As Gods and Have To Get Good At It Stewart Brand 71

6 Turing's Cathedral: A Visit to Google on the Occasion Of the 60th Anniversary of John Von Neumann's Proposal for a Digital Computer George Dyson 87

7 Time to Start Taking The Internet Seriously David Gelernter 97

8 Indirect Reciprocity, Assessment Hardwiring, and Reputation Karl Sigmund 111

9 Digital Maoism: The Hazards of The New Online Collectivism Jaron Lanier 125

10 On Jaron Lanier's "Digital Maoism" An Edge Conversation 143

11 Social Networks Are Like the Eye Nicholas A. Christakis 171

12 The Next Renaissance: Keynote Address at the Personal Democracy Forum Douglas Rushkoff 191

13 Digital Power and its Discontents Evgeny Morozov Clay Shirky 197

14 Does Technology Evolve? W. Brian Arthur 219

15 Aristotle: The Knowledge Web W. Daniel Hillis 237

16 The Pancake People vs. The Gödel-to-Google Net Richard Foreman George Dyson 255

17 The age of the informavore Frank Schirrmacher 263

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