This book explores these questions and many others through interviews with key scientists in the field of gerontology and with people who have interesting and important stories to tell about their personal experiences of ageing. In borrowed time, sue armstrong tells the story of science's quest to understand ageing and to prevent or delay the crippling conditions so often associated with old age.
As featured on bbc radio 4's start the week'a rich, timely study for the era of "global ageing"' NatureThe ageing of the world population is one of the most important issues facing humanity in the 21st century – up there with climate change in its potential global impact. There are a myriad competing theories, like well-worn shoes or a rusting car, from the idea that our bodies simply wear out with the rough and tumble of living, to the belief that ageing and death are genetically programmed and controlled.
Borrowed Time: The Science of How and Why We Age Bloomsbury Sigma #ad - . The strains this is causing on society are already evident as health and social services everywhere struggle to cope with the care needs of the elderly. But why and how do we age? Scientists have been asking this question for centuries, yet there is still no agreement. Sometime before 2020, the number of people over 65 worldwide will, for the first time, be greater than the number of 0–4 year olds, and it will keep on rising.
Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World's Strangest BrainsEcco #ad - Find out how to avoid getting lost, how to see more of your reality, even how exactly you can confirm you are alive. Think the unthinkable. In unthinkable she tells the stories of nine extraordinary people she encountered along the way. We take it for granted that we can remember, empathise and understand the world around us, navigate, but how would our lives change if these abilities were dramatically enhanced – or disappeared overnight? Helen Thomson has spent years travelling the world, feel emotion, tracking down incredibly rare brain disorders.
Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World's Strangest Brains #ad - Learn how to hallucinate and how to make yourself happier in a split second. Story by remarkable story, Unthinkable takes us on an unforgettable journey through the human brain. Discover how to forge memories that never disappear, how to grow an alien limb and how to make better decisions. An amazon best nonfiction book of the monthindiebound Bestseller Award-winning science writer Helen Thomson unlocks the biggest mysteries of the human brain by examining nine extraordinary casesOur brains are far stranger than we think.
From the man who thinks he's a tiger to the doctor who feels the pain of others just by looking at them to a woman who hears music that’s not there, their experiences illustrate how the brain can shape our lives in unexpected and, in some cases, brilliant and alarming ways.
Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily DickinsonHarperOne #ad - This is an account of the world's greatest ‘intellectual virtuosos, to modern secular equivalents marx, from the ancient greek philosophers, gnosticism and christian mystics, Hebrew figures such as Job and Ecclesiastes, and the Eastern religions, Jesus as a man of doubt, This remarkable book ranges from the early Greeks, Marx, Jewish and Christian skeptics, Roman stoicism, secularism, medieval Islamic, Nietzsche, Freud and Darwin—and their attempts to reconcile the seeming meaninglessness of the universe with the human need for meaning, ' who are also humanity's greatest doubters and disbelievers, Darwin, Freud, modern and contemporary critical thinkers such as Schopenhauer, Jesus, the rise of science, Eastern critical wisdom, the existentialists.
Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson #ad - In the tradition of grand sweeping histories such as from dawn to decadence, and A History of God, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Hecht champions doubt and questioning as one of the great and noble, if unheralded, intellectual traditions that distinguish the Western mind especially-from Socrates to Galileo and Darwin to Wittgenstein and Hawking.
The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass ExtinctionsEcco #ad - In the ends of the world, peter brannen dives into deep time, exploring Earth’s past dead ends, and in the process, offers us a glimpse of our possible future. Many scientists now believe that the climate shifts of the twenty-first century have analogs in these five extinctions. Brannen examines the fossil record—which is rife with creatures like dragonflies the size of sea gulls and guillotine-mouthed fish—and introduces us to the researchers on the front lines who, using the forensic tools of modern science, are piecing together what really happened at the crime scenes of the Earth’s biggest whodunits.
Part road trip, and part cautionary tale, part history, The Ends of the World takes us on a tour of the ways that our planet has clawed itself back from the grave, and casts our future in a completely new light. Using the visible clues these devastations have left behind in the fossil record, ” from South Africa to the New York Palisades, The Ends of the World takes us inside “scenes of the crime, to tell the story of each extinction.
The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass Extinctions #ad - New york times editors' choice 2017forbes top 10 best environment, and conservation book of 2017as new groundbreaking research suggests that climate change played a major role in the most extreme catastrophes in the planet's history, frozen, in the process, smothered, Climate, poison-gassed, offers us a glimpse of our increasingly dangerous future Our world has ended five times: it has been broiled, award-winning science journalist Peter Brannen takes us on a wild ride through the planet's five mass extinctions and, and pelted by asteroids.
Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash TradeBloomsbury Press #ad - Junkyard planet reveals that Americans might need to learn a smarter way to take out the trash. How can garbage turn into gold? what does recycling have to do with globalization? where does all that stuff we throw away go, where does it go? Probably halfway around the world, anyway? When you drop your Diet Coke can or yesterday's newspaper in the recycling bin, to people and places that clean up what you don't want and turn it into something you can't wait to buy.
Along the way, we meet an international cast of characters who have figured out how to squeeze Silicon Valley-scale fortunes from what we all throw away. Junkyard planet reveals how “going green” usually means making money-and why that's often the most sustainable choice, even when the recycling methods aren't pretty.
Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade #ad - With unmatched access to and insight on the waste industry, and the explanatory gifts and an eye for detail worthy of a John McPhee or William Langewiesche, Minter traces the export of America's garbage and the massive profits that China and other rising nations earn from it. What emerges is an engaging, colorful, and sometimes troubling tale of how the way we consume and discard stuff brings home the ascent of a developing world that recognizes value where Americans don't.
In junkyard planet, adam minter-veteran journalist and son of an American junkyard owner-travels deeply into a vast, often hidden, 500-billion-dollar industry that's transforming our economy and environment. Minter takes us from back-alley Chinese computer recycling operations to recycling factories capable of processing a jumbo jet's worth of trash every day.
Vaccinated: Triumph, Controversy, and An Uncertain FHarperCollins e-books #ad - Maurice hilleman's mother died a day after he was born and his twin sister stillborn. As an adult, he said that he felt he had escaped an appointment with death. He made it his life's work to see that others could do the same. Chief among his accomplishments are nine vaccines that practically every child gets, rendering formerly dread diseases—including often devastating ones such as mumps and rubella—practically toothless and nearly forgotten; his measles vaccine alone saves several million lives every year.
Paul offit clearly and compellingly rebuts those arguments, and, by demonstrating how much the work of Hilleman and others has gained for humanity, shows us how much we have to lose. It is an inspiring and triumphant tale, but one with a cautionary aspect, as vaccines come under assault from people blaming vaccines for autism and worse.
Vaccinated: Triumph, Controversy, and An Uncertain F #ad - Born into the life of a montana chicken farmer, Hilleman ran off to the University of Chicago to become a microbiologist, the pharmaceutical company, and eventually joined Merck, to pursue his goal of eliminating childhood disease. Vaccinated is not a biography; hilleman's experience forms the basis for a rich and lively narrative of two hundred years of medical history, ranging across the globe and throughout time to take in a cast of hundreds, intentionally or otherwise, all caught up, in the story of vaccines.
Activate Your Brain: How Understanding Your Brain Can Improve Your Work - and Your LifeGreenleaf Book Group Press #ad - A wall street journal bestseller!axiom business book bronze award winnerpush your brain to full power, for success at the office and at homeWould you like more control over your life and your work?Would you like greater stamina as you carry out your daily tasks?How about more significance and meaning as you move forward in your career?Scott Halford shows us how we can all find these things if we simply understand how to activate the full potential of the brain.
This incredible organ is still full of mystery, but we know enough to harness its power better than ever before. We just have to recognize how the brain works, and understand the actions we can take to help it perform at its best. Combining research, anecdote, and inspiration, Activate Your Brain shows you how small steps toward better brain function and management can eventually lead to success on a whole new level.
Activate Your Brain: How Understanding Your Brain Can Improve Your Work - and Your Life #ad - Each chapter offers “Activations”—exercises that help optimize your brain function to. Increase your focus, •collaborate effectively with others, •reduce negative stress, •manage distractions, •build self-confidence and willpower, •and much more. In the end, when fully harnessed, activate your Brain is an indispensable collection of practical things you need to know about your wonderful brain—which, can give you more of the fulfilled life you seek.
Brain Rules for Aging Well: 10 Principles for Staying Vital, Happy, and SharpPear Press #ad - John medina, and the prescription to age well, gives you the facts, in his signature engaging style. A great deal of it is unexpected. The third section is all about your body: how certain kinds of exercise, diets, and sleep can slow the decline of aging. With so many discoveries over the years, science is literally changing our minds about the optimal care and feeding of the brain.
Now, in brain rules for aging Well, Medina shares how you can make the most of the years you have left. Each section is sprinkled with practical advice, for example, the fascinating benefits of dancing, and the brain science behind each intervention. In his new york times best seller brain Rules, Medina showed us how our brains really work, and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools to match.
Brain Rules for Aging Well: 10 Principles for Staying Vital, Happy, and Sharp #ad - Medina connects all the chapters into a plan for maintaining your brain health. You may already be experiencing the sometimes-unpleasant effects of the aging process. Your future. First up, the social brain, in which topics ranging from relationships to happiness and gullibility illustrate how our emotions change with age.
In brain rules for baby, he gave parents the brain science they need to know to raise happy, smart, moral kids. All of it is captivating. Or you may be deeply concerned about your loved ones who are.
Survival of the Nicest: How Altruism Made Us Human and Why It Pays to Get AlongThe Experiment #ad - But stefan klein, author of the #1 international bestseller The Science of Happiness, makes the startling assertion that altruism is the key to lasting personal and societal success. Klein’s groundbreaking findings lead him to a vexing question: if we’re really hard-wired to act for one another’s benefit, why aren’t we all getting along? He believes we’ve learned to mistrust our instincts because success is so often attributed to selfish ambition, social psychology, history, and with an extraordinary array of material—current research on genetics and the brain, behavioral and anthropological experiments, economics, and modern culture—he makes the case that generosity for its own sake remains the best way to thrive.
In fact, language, our altruistic ancestors were free to devote brainpower to developing intelligence, and with survival more assured, altruism defines us: Natural selection favored those early humans who cooperated in groups, and culture—our very humanity. A publishers weekly best book of 2014this revelatory tour de force by an acclaimed and internationally bestselling science writer upends our understanding of “survival of the fittest”—and invites us all to think and act more altruistically The phrase “survival of the fittest” conjures an image of the most cutthroat individuals rising to the top.
Genes vs Cultures vs Consciousness: A Brief Story of Our Computational Minds#ad - If we abandon our anthropomorphic bias it becomes obvious that Humans are not so special after all. What is the mind? how did it evolve? Can we engineer it?This interdisciplinary short book explores the mind and its development from a computational perspective. The story of our computational minds, which is ours but not only ours.
What is the relationship between computation, can we engineer it?what is the computational explanation of consciousness? What are some possible future steps in the evolution of minds? The underlying thread is the computational nature of the Mind which results from the mixture of Genes, cognition and everything else? What is life and how did it originate? What is the role of culture in human minds? What do we know about the algorithmic nature of the mind, Cultures and Consciousness.
With the speed of progress it is timely to communicate an overreaching perspective, this book puts an emphasis on conveying the essential questions and what we know about their answers in a simple, clear and exciting way. Humans, the first brains, the first conscious animals, the first life forms, along with the first RNA molecules, the first societies and the first artificial agents constitute an amazing and crucial development in a path of increasingly complex computational intelligence.
Genes vs Cultures vs Consciousness: A Brief Story of Our Computational Minds #ad - While these three interact in complex ways, they are ultimately computational systems on their own which appeared at different stages of history and which follow their own selective processes operating at different time scales. As technology progresses, the distinction between the three components materializes and will be a key determinant of the future.
Among the many topics covered are the origin of life, the different theories of concepts from the perspective of cognitive science, the concept of computation and its relation to Turing Machines, the contrast between logical reasoning and neural networks, Geoffrey Hinton, the hard problem of consciousness, free will and determinism, the current status of AI and Machine Learning including the symbolic vs sub-symbolic dichotomy, cultural evolution and the notion of a Selfish Meme, and the recent history of Deep Learning, moral relativity, DeepMind and its algorithm AlphaGo.
It also develops on the history of science and looks into the possible future building on the work of authors like Daniel Dennett, Ray Kurzweil, Susan Carey, Daniel Kahneman, Steven Pinker, Francis Crick, Josh Tenenbaum, Yuval Harari, George Church, David Chalmers, John von Neumann, Joseph Henrich, Robert Boyd, David Deutsch, Moran Cerf, Richard Dawkins, Stanislas Dehaene, Herbert Simon and many more.
The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, the Fall of a Science, and What Comes NextMariner Books #ad - The best book about contemporary science written for the layman that I have ever read. The times London . With clarity, and authority, passion, Smolin offers an unblinking assessment of the troubles that face modern physics, and an encouraging view of where the search for the next big idea may lead. Ambitious ideas about extra dimensions, multiple universes, exotic particles, and strings have captured the public’s imagination—and the imagination of experts.
But these ideas have not been tested experimentally, and some, like string theory, seem to offer no possibility of being tested. Even still, these speculations dominate the field, attracting the best talent and much of the funding, while creating a climate in which emerging physicists are often penalized for pursuing other avenues.
The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, the Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next #ad - The situation threatens to impede the very progress of science. In this illuminating book, renowned physicist Lee Smolin argues that fundamental physics—the search for the laws of nature—is losing its way. A splendid, edifying report from the front lines of theorectical physics” San Francisco Chronicle.