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Why do civilizations rise and fall? What are the origins and purpose of art? How does technology shape society? Did culture direct human evolution? Is the Internet an agent of democracy or dictatorships? An immensely powerful but little-understood force that impacts society, art, politics, and even human biological development, culture is the very stage on which human expe Why do civilizations rise and fall? What are the origins and purpose of art? How does technology shape society? Did culture direct human evolution? Is the Internet an agent of democracy or dictatorships? An 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 include Jared 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” Editorial Reviews John Brockman, founder and publisher of the online think tank Edge.org, compiled some of the sites best essays into this dense, but thought-provoking examination of technology, the impact of groupthink, and the evolution of culture. One of the stronger essays is Jared Diamonds Why Do Some Societies Make Disastrous Decisions? which is accessible, insightful, and informative even for a general audience. A sizeable chunk of the book is given to computer scientist Jaron Laniers Digital Maoism, and the fallout that resulted after its publication in 2006. In Laniers intriguing essay, he examines the positive and negative im

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Why do civilizations rise and fall? What are the origins and purpose of art? How does technology shape society? Did culture direct human evolution? Is the Internet an agent of democracy or dictatorships? An immensely powerful but little-understood force that impacts society, art, politics, and even human biological development, culture is the very stage on which human expe Why do civilizations rise and fall? What are the origins and purpose of art? How does technology shape society? Did culture direct human evolution? Is the Internet an agent of democracy or dictatorships? An 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 include Jared 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” Editorial Reviews John Brockman, founder and publisher of the online think tank Edge.org, compiled some of the sites best essays into this dense, but thought-provoking examination of technology, the impact of groupthink, and the evolution of culture. One of the stronger essays is Jared Diamonds Why Do Some Societies Make Disastrous Decisions? which is accessible, insightful, and informative even for a general audience. A sizeable chunk of the book is given to computer scientist Jaron Laniers Digital Maoism, and the fallout that resulted after its publication in 2006. In Laniers intriguing essay, he examines the positive and negative im
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Title Culture: Leading Scientists Explore Societies, Art, Power, and Technology Height 13.5
Mr. John Brockman Width 1.7
ISBN-13 9780062023131 Binding Paperback
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Publisher Harper Perennial Pages 304
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