Culture: Leading Scientists Explore Societies, Art, Power, and Technology (Best of Edge Series)

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"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 Edge.org 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, Edge.org’s Culture is not to be missed.

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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 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”

About the Author:

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

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