Science Is Culture : Conversations at the New Intersection of Science + Society

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  • Copyright: 2010-10-12
  • Publisher: Harpercollins
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Seed magazine brings together a unique gathering of prominent scientists, artists, novelists, philosophers + other thinkers who are tearing down the wall between science + culture.We are on the cusp of a twenty-first-century scientific renaissance. Science is driving our culture and conversation unlike ever before, transforming the social, political, economic, aesthetic, and intellectual landscape of our time. Today, science is culture. As global issues-like energy and health-become increasingly interconnected, and as our curiosities-like how the mind works or why the universe is expanding-become more complex, we need a new way of looking at the world that blurs the lines between scientific disciplines and the borders between the sciences and the arts and humanities. In this spirit, the award-winning science magazine Seed has paired scientists with nonscientists to explore ideas of common interest to us all. This book is the result of these illuminating Seed Salon conversations, edited and with an introduction by Seed founder and editor in chief Adam Bly. Science Is Culture includes:E. O. Wilson + Daniel C. DennetSteven Pinker + Rebecca GoldsteinNoam Chomsky + Robert TriversDavid Byrne + Daniel LevitinJonathan Lethem + Janna LevinBenoit Mandelbrot + Paola AntonelliLisa Randall + Chuck HobermanMichel Gondry + Robert StickgoldAlan Lightman + Richard ColtonLaurie David + Stephen SchneiderTom Wolfe + Michael GazzanigaMarc Hauser + Errol Morris

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Evolutionary Philosophyp. 1
The Problems of Consciousnessp. 23
Timep. 43
On Designp. 61
Objectivity and the Imagep. 75
Climate Politicsp. 89
War and Deceitp. 103
On Dreamsp. 117
The Truth of Fictionp. 131
On Musicp. 147
On Shapep. 163
On Artifactsp. 177
Who Makes Science?p. 193
What Is Human?p. 209
Fractal Architecturep. 225
Moralityp. 239
Free Willp. 255
Evolution, Creativity, and Future Lifep. 269
Complex Networks, Feedback Loops, and the Cities of the Futurep. 283
Social Networksp. 297
The Physics of Infinityp. 313
Smarter Infrastructurep. 329
Acknowledgmentsp. 345
Indexp. 347
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