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Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University. Economist. Advisor to Governments.  Author, The End of Poverty and Common Wealth.

The Meaning of Human Existence

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How did humanity originate and why does a species like ours exist on this planet? Do we have a special place, even a destiny in the universe? Where are we going, and perhaps, the most difficult question of all, "Why?" Pulitzer Prize–winning biologist Edward O. Wilson grapples with these and other existential questions, taking his readers on a journey, in the process bridging science and philosophy to create a twenty-first-century treatise on human existence—from our earliest inception to a provocative look at what the future of mankind portends.

The Meaning of Human Existence

by Edward O. Wilson
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How did humanity originate and why does a species like ours exist on this planet? Do we have a special place, even a destiny in the universe? Where are we going, and perhaps, the most difficult question of all, "Why?" Pulitzer Prize–winning biologist Edward O. Wilson grapples with these and other existential questions, taking his readers on a journey, in the process bridging science and philosophy to create a twenty-first-century treatise on human existence—from our earliest inception to a provocative look at what the future of mankind portends.
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Edward O. Wilson at his wisest, about the place of humanity in nature and the meaning of it all.

Consciousness and the Brain

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In this lively book, Stanislas Dehaene describes the pioneering work his lab and the labs of other cognitive neuroscientists worldwide have accomplished in defining, testing, and explaining the brain events behind a conscious state. A joyous exploration of the mind and its thrilling complexities, this book will excite anyone interested in cutting-edge science and technology and the vast philosophical, personal, and ethical implications of finally quantifying consciousness.

Consciousness and the Brain

by Stanislas Dehaene
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In this lively book, Stanislas Dehaene describes the pioneering work his lab and the labs of other cognitive neuroscientists worldwide have accomplished in defining, testing, and explaining the brain events behind a conscious state. A joyous exploration of the mind and its thrilling complexities, this book will excite anyone interested in cutting-edge science and technology and the vast philosophical, personal, and ethical implications of finally quantifying consciousness.
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A remarkable account of consciousness by one of the world’s leading neuroscientists.

World Order

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Henry Kissinger draws on his deep experience to offer a profound meditation on the roots of international harmony and global disorder. He reveals his analysis of the ultimate challenge for the twenty-first century: how to build a shared international order in a world of divergent historical perspectives, violent conflict, proliferating technology, and ideological extremism.

World Order

by Henry Kissinger
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Henry Kissinger draws on his deep experience to offer a profound meditation on the roots of international harmony and global disorder. He reveals his analysis of the ultimate challenge for the twenty-first century: how to build a shared international order in a world of divergent historical perspectives, violent conflict, proliferating technology, and ideological extremism.
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Kissinger’s valuable reflections on geopolitics and the balance of power after a lifetime of research and experience.

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  • Stephen Schwarzmann

    At a time when the world has little or no order, Henry Kissinger’s “World Order” is indispensable reading. Informed by a long view of centuries of history, the author demonstrates why our diplomacy must be rooted in a genuine engagement between cultures, rigorous pragmatism and, yes, realpolitik. Henry makes clear the dangers of ambivalence in the face of the apparent landscape of disorder before us, and reminds us of the only path forward: If we are to defend our principles, we must set out to prove them.

  • Lawrence Summers

    A profound meditation on the global system we need but may not have.

The Second Machine Age

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Two thinkers at the forefront of their field reveal the forces driving the reinvention of our lives and our economy. Drawing on years of research and up-to-the-minute trends, Brynjolfsson and McAfee identify the best strategies for survival and offer a new path to prosperity. The Second Machine Age will alter how we think about issues of technological, societal, and economic progress.

The Second Machine Age

by Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee
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Two thinkers at the forefront of their field reveal the forces driving the reinvention of our lives and our economy. Drawing on years of research and up-to-the-minute trends, Brynjolfsson and McAfee identify the best strategies for survival and offer a new path to prosperity. The Second Machine Age will alter how we think about issues of technological, societal, and economic progress.
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An important contribution to the economics of the new age of robotics and artificial intelligence.

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  • Mohamed El-Erian

    An optimistic analysis of the breathtaking technological changes that are changing both the workplace and our homes; provides us with a terrific feel for our rapidly changing world, including what it takes to better understand and navigate it.

  • Dominic Barton

    I enjoyed how the authors describe that, unlike the Industrial Revolution, the digital revolution has created technology that replaces human labor instead of complementing it. The authors urge that this unprecedented pace of innovation should both excite us and prompt us to reflect on our values and choices.

  • Marc Andreessen

    Brynjolfsson and McAfee are right; we are on the cusp of a dramatically different world brought on by technology. The Second Machine Age is the book for anyone who wants to thrive in it.  I’ll encourage all of our entrepreneurs to read it, and hope their competitors don’t.