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In their reading, both Davies and Potter demonstrate a firm grasp on their scientific subject matter, whether they are delving into mirror neurons and the morality of the human mind, as in an essay by Christian Keysers, or leading us on an exploration of the way language shapes our thinking with an essay by Lera Boroditsky. Davies' voice is smooth and controlled even soothing but never soporific, and his pacing and tone are sensitive to the complexity and nuance of his subject matter. Potter reads with a voice that is at once melodious and polished, and her experience and talent in fiction narration is evident in her ability to bring the authors' voices to life.
With its solid narration and keen insights on the big scientific questions of our time, What's Next is a captivating listen from beginning to end. Emily Elert
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By Roy on 07-15-09
Worth the Time
Max Brockman has done a great service by producing "What's Next?" The book is a series of brief "papers" on various science topics each making current research questions and science issues available to the general public. The first by Laurence Smith, "Will We Decamp for the Northern Rim?," places what we know about aspects of global warming into persepective. Katerina Harvati in "Extinction and the Evolution of Humankind" addresses this environmental issue and its implications. Another by Nick Bostrom, "How to Enhance Human Beings," considers brain enhancement. Steven Alexander brings us up to date with "Just What is Dark Entergy?"
There are a number of papers related to the latest research in pscyhological science and neuroplasticity. Deena Weisberg speaks to the importance of imagination. Engleman approaches our perception of time and how it is changing.
This is a wonderful compilation of fine science writing with something for everyone. The topics have public policy implications, raise philosophical and ethical concerns, and generally informs anyone taking the time to listen.
Well written and well read.
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By Kenton on 07-21-09
I love to hear it straight from the mouth of those doing the work, and this book delivers exactly that.
I also found it interesting to see the effect the internet has had on this generation of scientists, especially in the psychology fields - they're all focused on distributed network theories. Very interesting.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful