How Should Humanity Steer the Future

The fourteen award-winning essays in this volume discuss a range of novel ideas and controversial topics that could decisively influence the course of human life on Earth.

How Should Humanity Steer the Future

The fourteen award-winning essays in this volume discuss a range of novel ideas and controversial topics that could decisively influence the course of human life on Earth. Their authors address, in accessible language, issues as diverse as: enabling our social systems to learn; research in biological engineering and artificial intelligence; mending and enhancing minds; improving the way we do, and teach, science; living in the here and now; and the value of play. The essays are enhanced versions of the prize-winning entries submitted to the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi) essay competition in 2014. FQXi, catalyzes, supports, and disseminates research on questions at the foundations of physics and cosmology, particularly new frontiers and innovative ideas integral to a deep understanding of reality, but unlikely to be supported by conventional funding sources.

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How Should Humanity Steer the Future?
Language: en
Pages: 175
Authors: Anthony Aguirre, Brendan Foster, Zeeya Merali
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-09-18 - Publisher: Springer

The fourteen award-winning essays in this volume discuss a range of novel ideas and controversial topics that could decisively influence the course of human life on Earth. Their authors address, in accessible language, issues as diverse as: enabling our social systems to learn; research in biological engineering and artificial intelligence;
How Can Physics Underlie the Mind?
Language: en
Pages: 482
Authors: George Ellis
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-05-31 - Publisher: Springer

Physics underlies all complexity, including our own existence: how is this possible? How can our own lives emerge from interactions of electrons, protons, and neutrons? This book considers the interaction of physical and non-physical causation in complex systems such as living beings, and in particular in the human brain, relating
Space, Time and the Limits of Human Understanding
Language: en
Pages: 530
Authors: Shyam Wuppuluri, Giancarlo Ghirardi
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-12-01 - Publisher: Springer

In this compendium of essays, some of the world’s leading thinkers discuss their conceptions of space and time, as viewed through the lens of their own discipline. With an epilogue on the limits of human understanding, this volume hosts contributions from six or more diverse fields. It presumes only rudimentary
The Computability of the World
Language: en
Pages: 200
Authors: Bernd-Olaf Küppers
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-11-28 - Publisher: Springer

In this thought-provoking book Küppers, an internationally renowned physicist, philosopher and theoretical biologist, addresses a number of science's deepest questions: Can physics advance to the origin of all things and explain the unique phenomena of life, time and history? Are there unsolvable enigmas of the world? How did life originate?
What is Fundamental?
Language: en
Pages: 187
Authors: Anthony Aguirre, Brendan Foster, Zeeya Merali
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-03-21 - Publisher: Springer

Are there truly fundamental entities in nature? Or are the things that we regard as fundamental in our theories – for example space, time or the masses of elementary particles – merely awaiting a derivation from a new, yet to be discovered theory based on elements that are more fundamental?