Radical Evolution The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies - and What It Means to Be Human

ISBN-10: 0385509650
ISBN-13: 9780385509657
Edition: 2005
Authors: Joel Garreau
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Description: InRadical Evolution,bestselling author Joel Garreau, a reporter and editor for theWashington 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  More...

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List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/17/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

InRadical Evolution,bestselling author Joel Garreau, a reporter and editor for theWashington 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 progenyand 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 heavenwhere 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.

Prologue : the future of human nature
Be all you can be
The curve
Heaven
Hell
Prevail
Transcend
Epilogue

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