What Should We Be Worried About?

What Should We Be Worried About?

[real Scenarios That Keep Scientists up at Night]

Audiobook CD - 2014
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"Steven Pinker uncovers the real risk factors for war -- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi peers into the coming virtual abyss -- Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek laments our squandered opportunities to prevent global catastrophe -- Seth Lloyd calculates the threat of a financial black hole -- Alison Gopnik on the loss of childhood -- Nassim Nicholas Taleb explains why firefighters understand risk far better than economic "experts" -- Matt Ridley on the alarming re-emergence of superstition -- Daniel C. Dennett and George Dyson ponder the impact of a major breakdown of the Internet -- Jennifer Jacquet fears human-induced damage to the planet due to "the Anthropocebo Effect" -- Douglas Rushkoff fears humanity is losing its soul -- Nicholas Carr on the "patience deficit" -- Tim O'Reilly foresees a coming new Dark Age -- Scott Atran on the homogenization of human experience -- Sherry Turkle explores what's lost when kids are constantly connected -- Kevin Kelly outlines the looming "underpopulation bomb" -- Helen Fisher on the fate of men -- Lawrence Krauss dreads what we don't know about the universe -- Susan Blackmore on the loss of manual skills -- Kate Jeffery on the death of death ; plus J. Craig Venter, Daniel Goleman, Virginia Heffernan, Sam Harris, Brian Eno, Martin Rees, and more." -- Publisher marketing.
Posing the question "What should we be worried about?" to one hundred fifty of the world's greatest minds, this collection of responses reveals what about the present or the future worries each of them the most.
Publisher: Old Saybrook, CT : Tantor Audio ; Prince Frederick, MD : Distributed by Recorded Books, p2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781452619156
1452619158
Branch Call Number: 303.4909 WHAT CD
Characteristics: 12 sound discs (14 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in

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Nov 11, 2017

For its content I should give it five stars, but because of the okay narrators and the goof-up on the cds themselves (near the end of disc 5 or 6 the end of the audiobook is announced, and then continues with more, and disc 12 is a repetition of an earlier disc). The takes on the question are fascinating: a science fiction writer who is out of ideas and a serious decision maker in government could find much in it that would be helpful. It certainly going on a reread (since I'm not going to listen to it again) list in order to consult or take notes from.

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