Katerina Harvati is a paleoanthropologist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology specializing in Neanderthal evolution and modern human origins. Nick Bostrom, a philosopher and director of the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. His laboratory studies the neurobiology and behavior of monkeys as a way of understanding the evolution and function of the human brain and human social behavior. Lera Boroditsky: How Does Our Language Shape the Way We Think? How does our sense of morality arise from the structure of the brain? From the Trade Paperback edition. Her research focuses on using behavioral, physiological, and neuroimaging techniques to understand how the human need for social connection has left its mark on our minds, brains, and bodies. Daniel Haun: How Odd I Am! The Emergence of Human Audiovisual Communication ; 13.
Eagleman is Director of the Laboratory for Perception and Action at Baylor College of Medicine The Dynamically Reorganizing Brain; and a book of fiction titled Sum Further Reading on Edge: : In the 6 million years since hominids split from the evolutionary ancestor we share with chimpanzees and bonobos, something happened to our brains that allowed us to become master cooperators, accumulate knowledge at a rapid rate, and manipulate tools to colonize almost every corner of the planet. While each essay is its own gem, together they form a remarkable dialogue about what it is to be human now, and what it will be in the future. What does current neurological research tell us about the nature of time? Our past—or at least our recollection of our past—may become a matter of choice. Sean Carroll, theoretical physicist, is a senior research associate at Caltech. Jon Kleinberg: What Can Huge Data Sets Teach Us About Society and Ourselves? Further Reading on Edge: : Once we come to understand how our memories are formed, stored, and recalled within the brain, we may be able to manipulate them—to shape our own stories.
Future Science features nineteen young scientists, most of whom are presenting their innovative work and ideas to a general audience for the first time. Working on Future Science has been an extremely rewarding experience, and I look forward to putting together the next collection in this series. A fascinating chronicle of the big, new ideas that are keeping young scientists up at night. Fiery Cushman: Should the Law Depend on Luck? Find out what the best minds of the new generation are thinking before the Nobel Committee does. His research focuses on the cognitive processes that give rise to moral judgment, their development, and their evolutionary history.
It has a wealth of new and exciting ideas, and will help shake up our notions regarding the age, sex, color, and topic clichés of the current public perception of science. Daniela Kaufer is an assistant professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Balancing group and self-interest has never been easy, yet human societies display a high level of cooperation. Christian Keysers, a neuroscientist, is professor of the social brain and scientific director at the Neuroimaging Center of the University Medical Center Groningen. Our past—or at least our recollection of our past—may become a matter of choice. In this fascinating collection of writings that introduce the very latest theories and discoveries in science, editor Max Brockman presents the work of some of today's brightest and most innovative young researchers.
He also works with Edge Foundation, Inc. She is the recipient of Harvard's Goethals Award for Teaching Excellence, Yale's Greer Memorial Prize for Outstanding Junior Faculty, and the Stanton Prize from the Society for Philosophy and Psychology for outstanding contributions to interdisciplinary research. Essays seemed to be an ideal and appropriate way for representatives of this group of scientists to communicate their ideas. His research focuses on specifi c mechanisms in mammalian cells that actively overcome viral infection. In the six million years since hominids split from the evolutionary ancestor we share with chimpanzees and bonobos, something happened to our brains that allowed us to become master cooperators, accumulate knowledge at a rapid rate, and manipulate tools to colonize almost every corner of the planet. Smith: Will We Decamp for the Northern Rim? Vast digital trails of social interaction allow us to begin investigating questions that have been the subject of theoretical inquiry and small-scale analysis for a century or more.
The next wave of science writing is here. He also works with the Edge Foundation, Inc. More recently, he has focused on the neural mechanisms of delay discounting— the processes by which we evaluate goods available in the future. Using modern brain-imaging techniques, scientists are discovering that the human brain does indeed change well beyond early childhood. Each essay is read by a different narrator corresponding to the gender of the writer. Where Does Human Diversity Come From? She is a researcher with the Hominoid Psychology Research Group and studies the psychology of bonobos and chimpanzees in Africa. Molecular Cut and Paste ; 4.
Max Brockman New York July 2011. . On the Coming Age of Ocean Exploration ; 2. Perhaps the least anticipated contribution of brain imaging to psychological science has been a sudden appreciation of the centrality of social thought to the human mental repertoire. With essays covering fields as diverse as astrophysics, paleoanthropology, climatology, and neuroscience, What's Next? At stake is no less than the global pattern of human settlement in the twenty-first century. Appreciating its role in constructing our mental lives brings us one step closer to understanding the very nature of humanity. He is currently directing the Research Group for Comparative Cognitive Anthropology, a joint project of the Max Planck Institutes for Psycholinguistics and Evolutionary Anthropology.
These young scientists give us a treasure trove of precious new insights. She has investigated a number of topics in comparative cognition, including the evolutionary origins of irrational decision making and prosocial behavior. Cross-culturally, the human mind varies more than we generally assume. Chiao: Where Does Human Diversity Come From? She has worked with a variety of bees, wasps, and ants from around the world, studying their behavior through observation, experimental manipulation, and molecular analyses, including gene expression. It has a wealth of new and exciting ideas, and will help shake up our notions regarding the age, sex, color, and topic clichés of the current public perception of science. Future Science features nineteen young scientists, most of whom are presenting their innovative work and ideas to a general audience for the first time. His research covers issues in the foundations of probability theory, global catastrophic risk, the ethics of human enhancement, and the effects of future technologies.
Appreciating its role in constructing our mental lives brings us one step closer to understanding the very nature of humanity. This wide-ranging collection of never-before-published essays offers the very latest insights into the daunting scientific questions of our time. Nick Bostrom: How to Enhance Human Beings Given our rudimentary understanding of the human organism, particularly the brain, how can we hope to enhance such a system? On the Universality of Attractiveness ; 8. Her research focuses primarily on the cognitive skills underlying the creation and representation of non-real scenarios—particularly stories, games of pretending, and counterfactual situations—and on how those skills mature in child development. Why Rejection Hurts ; 14. The title of the new collection is different, but the organization is the same. As part of the Sea Around Us Project, a joint collaboration between the university and the Pew Charitable Trusts, she researches market-based conservation initiatives related to seafood and other natural resources.
Plant Immunity in a Changing World ; 12. What does current neurological research tell us about the nature of time? Coren Apicella: On the Universality of Attractiveness My quest to understand the natural origins of attractiveness preferences led me to the African savannah near Lake Eyasi in Tanzania. Language is a uniquely human gift, central to our experience of being human. Don't miss the opportunity to listen to the full audiobook Future Science, free at our library. Future Science features eighteen young scientists, most of whom are presenting their work and ideas to a general audience for the first time. To come up with the list of contributors, I fielded recommendations from top scientists on the rising stars in their various disciplines.