How to Grow a Human

How to Grow a Human
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Author: Philip Ball
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780226654805
Release: 2019
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The bestselling author of Critical Mass offers a cutting-edge examination of what it means to be human in the face of the latest technical developments and research in cell biology, tissue growth, organ regeneration, and treatments of cancer and dementia.

How to Grow a Human

How to Grow a Human
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Author: Philip Ball
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780226676173
Release: 2019-10-16
Editor: University of Chicago Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Two summers ago, scientists removed a tiny piece of flesh from Philip Ball’s arm and turned it into a rudimentary “mini-brain.” The skin cells, removed from his body, did not die but were instead transformed into nerve cells that independently arranged themselves into a dense network and communicated with each other, exchanging the raw signals of thought. This was life—but whose? In his most mind-bending book yet, Ball makes that disconcerting question the focus of a tour through what scientists can now do in cell biology and tissue culture. He shows how these technologies could lead to tailor-made replacement organs for when ours fail, to new medical advances for repairing damage and assisting conception, and to new ways of “growing a human.” For example, it might prove possible to turn skin cells not into neurons but into eggs and sperm, or even to turn oneself into the constituent cells of embryos. Such methods would also create new options for gene editing, with all the attendant moral dilemmas. Ball argues that such advances can therefore never be about “just the science,” because they come already surrounded by a host of social narratives, preconceptions, and prejudices. But beyond even that, these developments raise questions about identity and self, birth and death, and force us to ask how mutable the human body really is—and what forms it might take in years to come.

How to Grow a Human

How to Grow a Human
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Author: Philip Ball
Pages: 372
ISBN: 0008331782
Release: 2019
Editor: William Collins

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A cutting-edge examination of what it means to be human and to have a 'self' in the face of new scientific developments in genetic editing, cloning and neural downloading. After seeing his own cells used to grow clumps of new neurons - essentially mini-brains - Philip Ball begins to examine the concepts of identity and consciousness. Delving into humanity's deep evolutionary past to look at how complex creatures like us emerged from single-celled life, he offers a new perspective on how humans think about ourselves. In an age when we are increasingly encouraged to regard the 'self' as an abstract sequence of genetic information, or as a pattern of neural activity that might be 'downloaded' to a computer, he return us to the body - to flesh and blood - and anchors a conception of personhood in this unique and ephemeral mortal coil. How to Build a Human brings us back to ourselves - but in doing so, it challenges old preconceptions and values. It asks us to rethink how we exist in the world.

How to Grow a Human Adventures in Who We Are and How We Are Made

How to Grow a Human  Adventures in Who We Are and How We Are Made
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Author: Philip Ball
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780008331795
Release: 2019-05-30
Editor: HarperCollins UK

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A cutting-edge examination of what it means to be human and to have a 'self' in the face of new scientific developments in genetic editing, cloning and neural downloading.

How to Grow a Human

How to Grow a Human
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Author: Philip Ball
Pages: 384
ISBN: 0008331812
Release: 2020-04-30
Editor: William Collins

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A cutting-edge examination of what it means to be human and to have a 'self' in the face of new scientific developments in genetic editing, cloning and neural downloading.

How to Grow a Robot

How to Grow a Robot
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Author: Mark H. Lee
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780262357869
Release: 2020-05-26
Editor: MIT Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

How to develop robots that will be more like humans and less like computers, more social than machine-like, and more playful and less programmed. Most robots are not very friendly. They vacuum the rug, mow the lawn, dispose of bombs, even perform surgery—but they aren't good conversationalists. It's difficult to make eye contact. If the future promises more human-robot collaboration in both work and play, wouldn't it be better if the robots were less mechanical and more social? In How to Grow a Robot, Mark Lee explores how robots can be more human-like, friendly, and engaging. Developments in artificial intelligence—notably Deep Learning—are widely seen as the foundation on which our robot future will be built. These advances have already brought us self-driving cars and chess match–winning algorithms. But, Lee writes, we need robots that are perceptive, animated, and responsive—more like humans and less like computers, more social than machine-like, and more playful and less programmed. The way to achieve this, he argues, is to “grow” a robot so that it learns from experience—just as infants do. After describing “what's wrong with artificial intelligence” (one key shortcoming: it's not embodied), Lee presents a different approach to building human-like robots: developmental robotics, inspired by developmental psychology and its accounts of early infant behavior. He describes his own experiments with the iCub humanoid robot and its development from newborn helplessness to ability levels equal to a nine-month-old, explaining how the iCub learns from its own experiences. AI robots are designed to know humans as objects; developmental robots will learn empathy. Developmental robots, with an internal model of “self,” will be better interactive partners with humans. That is the kind of future technology we should work toward.

How to Grow a Robot

How to Grow a Robot
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Author: Mark H. Lee
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780262043731
Release: 2020-04-28
Editor: MIT Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

How to develop robots that will be more like humans and less like computers, more social than machine-like, and more playful and less programmed. Most robots are not very friendly. They vacuum the rug, mow the lawn, dispose of bombs, even perform surgery—but they aren't good conversationalists. It's difficult to make eye contact. If the future promises more human-robot collaboration in both work and play, wouldn't it be better if the robots were less mechanical and more social? In How to Grow a Robot, Mark Lee explores how robots can be more human-like, friendly, and engaging. Developments in artificial intelligence—notably Deep Learning—are widely seen as the foundation on which our robot future will be built. These advances have already brought us self-driving cars and chess match–winning algorithms. But, Lee writes, we need robots that are perceptive, animated, and responsive—more like humans and less like computers, more social than machine-like, and more playful and less programmed. The way to achieve this, he argues, is to “grow” a robot so that it learns from experience—just as infants do. After describing “what's wrong with artificial intelligence” (one key shortcoming: it's not embodied), Lee presents a different approach to building human-like robots: developmental robotics, inspired by developmental psychology and its accounts of early infant behavior. He describes his own experiments with the iCub humanoid robot and its development from newborn helplessness to ability levels equal to a nine-month-old, explaining how the iCub learns from its own experiences. AI robots are designed to know humans as objects; developmental robots will learn empathy. Developmental robots, with an internal model of “self,” will be better interactive partners with humans. That is the kind of future technology we should work toward.

Eat Cook Grow

Eat  Cook  Grow
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Author: Jaz Hee-jeong Choi,Marcus Foth,Greg Hearn
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780262026857
Release: 2014-04-11
Editor: MIT Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Tools, interfaces, methods, and practices that can help bring about a healthy, socially inclusive, and sustainable food future.

Fully Human

Fully Human
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Author: Susan Packard
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780525504658
Release: 2019-02-12
Editor: Penguin

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

HGTV cofounder Susan Packard launches the next chapter in emotional intelligence (EQ), and shows you how to increase your personal satisfaction and productivity—in work and life—via her three-step path toward EQ Fitness. Emotions can sink us, or they can power us like fuel to succeed. Many of us show up for work, and life, feeling lonely even in a room full of people, or bringing unproductive emotions into work, like anger or fear. You don’t have to feel this way. Susan Packard offers an accessible new guidebook to grow your emotional fitness, and it’s arrived just in time, as technology is quickly becoming our main interface for communication. No matter where you are in your career, success is an inside job. Packard lays out how to develop interdependent work relationships, and for leaders, how to build healthy company cultures. Packard introduces us to successful people, and companies, that are rich with ‘connector’ emotions like hope, empathy and trust-building. She tackles unconventional topics, like how workaholism keeps us emotionally adolescent, and how forgiveness belongs in the workplace too. Packard shares her EQ Fit-catalyzed success at HGTV and the stories of the executives she coaches in mindfulness and other emerging techniques, and she teaches an ‘inside out’ practice of self-discovery, which helps you uncover unproductive emotions, and dispel them. The best leaders balance power and grace, and everyone can effectively use resilience--an ability to endure tough situations and make tough decisions, and vulnerability, a willingness to open up, change, and admit when we need help. She offers new tools to bring our strongest emotional selves to work each day.

Discovering the Brain

Discovering the Brain
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Author: National Academy of Sciences,Institute of Medicine,Sandra Ackerman
Pages: 194
ISBN: 9780309045292
Release: 1992-01-01
Editor: National Academies Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The brain ... There is no other part of the human anatomy that is so intriguing. How does it develop and function and why does it sometimes, tragically, degenerate? The answers are complex. In Discovering the Brain, science writer Sandra Ackerman cuts through the complexity to bring this vital topic to the public. The 1990s were declared the "Decade of the Brain" by former President Bush, and the neuroscience community responded with a host of new investigations and conferences. Discovering the Brain is based on the Institute of Medicine conference, Decade of the Brain: Frontiers in Neuroscience and Brain Research. Discovering the Brain is a "field guide" to the brain--an easy-to-read discussion of the brain's physical structure and where functions such as language and music appreciation lie. Ackerman examines How electrical and chemical signals are conveyed in the brain. The mechanisms by which we see, hear, think, and pay attention--and how a "gut feeling" actually originates in the brain. Learning and memory retention, including parallels to computer memory and what they might tell us about our own mental capacity. Development of the brain throughout the life span, with a look at the aging brain. Ackerman provides an enlightening chapter on the connection between the brain's physical condition and various mental disorders and notes what progress can realistically be made toward the prevention and treatment of stroke and other ailments. Finally, she explores the potential for major advances during the "Decade of the Brain," with a look at medical imaging techniques--what various technologies can and cannot tell us--and how the public and private sectors can contribute to continued advances in neuroscience. This highly readable volume will provide the public and policymakers--and many scientists as well--with a helpful guide to understanding the many discoveries that are sure to be announced throughout the "Decade of the Brain."

The Singularity Is Near

The Singularity Is Near
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Author: Ray Kurzweil
Pages: 672
ISBN: 9781101218884
Release: 2005-09-22
Editor: Penguin

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

“Startling in scope and bravado.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times “Artfully envisions a breathtakingly better world.” —Los Angeles Times “Elaborate, smart and persuasive.” —The Boston Globe “A pleasure to read.” —The Wall Street Journal One of CBS News’s Best Fall Books of 2005 • Among St Louis Post-Dispatch’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2005 • One of Amazon.com’s Best Science Books of 2005 A radical and optimistic view of the future course of human development from the bestselling author of How to Create a Mind and The Singularity is Nearer who Bill Gates calls “the best person I know at predicting the future of artificial intelligence” For over three decades, Ray Kurzweil has been one of the most respected and provocative advocates of the role of technology in our future. In his classic The Age of Spiritual Machines, he argued that computers would soon rival the full range of human intelligence at its best. Now he examines the next step in this inexorable evolutionary process: the union of human and machine, in which the knowledge and skills embedded in our brains will be combined with the vastly greater capacity, speed, and knowledge-sharing ability of our creations.

Molecular Biology of the Cell

Molecular Biology of the Cell
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Author: Bruce Alberts
Pages: 329
ISBN: 0815332181
Release: 2004
Editor: Unknown

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The Botany of Desire

The Botany of Desire
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Author: Michael Pollan
Pages: 271
ISBN: 9780375760396
Release: 2002
Editor: Random House Trade Paperbacks

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Focusing on the human relationship with plants, the author of Second Nature uses botany to explore four basic human desires--sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control--through portraits of four plants that embody them: the apple, tulip, marijuana, and potato. 100,000 first printing.

How Do Humans Depend On Earth

How Do Humans Depend On Earth
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Author: Julie Lundgren
Pages: 24
ISBN: 9781618103673
Release: 2012-08-01
Editor: Carson-Dellosa Publishing

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The Importance Of Plants And Our Dependence On Them Not Only For Food But Also For Our Clean Air And Water Are Discussed In This Title. How Crops And Plants Have Been Genetically Modified To Resist Disease And Insects. The Impact Humans Have On Our Earth And What We Can Do To Reduce The Use Of Our Nonrenewable Resources Are Discussed.

Jaws

Jaws
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Author: Sandra Kahn,Paul R. Ehrlich
Pages: 216
ISBN: 1503613585
Release: 2020-03-03
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

There's a silent epidemic in western civilization, and it is right under our noses. Our jaws are getting smaller and our teeth crooked and crowded, creating not only aesthetic challenges but also difficulties with breathing. Modern orthodontics has persuaded us that braces and oral devices can correct these problems. While teeth can certainly be straightened, what about the underlying causes of this rapid shift in oral evolution and the health risks posed by obstructed airways? Sandra Kahn and Paul R. Ehrlich, a pioneering orthodontist and a world-renowned evolutionist, respectively, present the biological, dietary, and cultural changes that have driven us toward this major health challenge. They propose simple adjustments that can alleviate this developing crisis, as well as a major alternative to orthodontics that promises more significant long-term relief. Jaws will change your life. Every parent should read this book.

Scientific and Medical Aspects of Human Reproductive Cloning

Scientific and Medical Aspects of Human Reproductive Cloning
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Author: National Research Council,Division on Earth and Life Studies,Board on Life Sciences,Policy and Global Affairs,Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy
Pages: 294
ISBN: 9780309076371
Release: 2002-06-17
Editor: National Academies Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Human reproductive cloning is an assisted reproductive technology that would be carried out with the goal of creating a newborn genetically identical to another human being. It is currently the subject of much debate around the world, involving a variety of ethical, religious, societal, scientific, and medical issues. Scientific and Medical Aspects of Human Reproductive Cloning considers the scientific and medical sides of this issue, plus ethical issues that pertain to human-subjects research. Based on experience with reproductive cloning in animals, the report concludes that human reproductive cloning would be dangerous for the woman, fetus, and newborn, and is likely to fail. The study panel did not address the issue of whether human reproductive cloning, even if it were found to be medically safe, would beâ€"or would not beâ€"acceptable to individuals or society.

How People Grow

How People Grow
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Author: Henry Cloud,John Townsend
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780310319573
Release: 2009-05-18
Editor: Zondervan

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

All growth is spiritual growth. Authors Drs. Cloud and Townsend unlock age-old keys to growth from Scripture to help people resolve issues of relationships, maturity, emotional problems, and overall spiritual growth. They shatter popular misconceptions about how God operates and show that growth is not about self-actualization, but about God’s sanctification. In this theological foundation to their best-selling book Boundaries, they discuss:• What the essential processes are that make people grow• How those processes fit into a biblical understanding of spiritual growth and theology• How spiritual growth and real-life issues are one and the same• What the responsibilities are of pastors, counselors, and others who assist people in growing—and what your own responsibilities are in your personal growth

What You Need to Know about Infectious Disease

What You Need to Know about Infectious Disease
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Author: Madeline Drexler
Pages: 329
ISBN: OCLC:1125923228
Release: 2021
Editor: Unknown

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Wired to Grow

Wired to Grow
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Author: Britt Andreatta
Pages: 228
ISBN: 0997354771
Release: 2019-07-23
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Fully revised and expanded second edition! We are biologically wired to learn. It's the key to our survival and the path to fulfilling our potential. Wired to Grow helps unlock our fullest expression, giving you the keys to understand the neuroscience of learning and apply your natural wiring to transform lives, habits and organizations.

H2O

H2O
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Author: Philip Ball
Pages: 387
ISBN: 0753810921
Release: 2000
Editor: Orion Publishing Company

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The brilliantly told and gripping story of the most familiar - yet, amazingly, still poorly understood - substance in the universe: Water. The extent to which water remains a scientific mystery is extraordinary, despite its prevalence and central importance on Earth. Whether one considers its role in biology, its place in the physical world (where it refuses to obey the usual rules of liquids) or its deceptively simple structure, there is still no complete answer to the question: what is water? Philip Ball's book explains what, exactly, we do and do not know about the strange character of this most essential and ubiquitous of substances. H20 begins by transporting its readers back to the Big Bang and the formation of galaxies to witness the birth of water's constituent elements: hydrogen and oxygen. It then explains how the primeval oceans were formed four billion years ago; where water is to be found on other planets; why ice floats when most solids sink; why, despite being highly corrosive, water is good for us; why there are at least fifteen kinds of ice and perhaps two kinds of liquid water; how scientists have consistently misunderstood water for centuries; and why wars have been waged over it. Philip Ball's gloriously offbeat and intelligent book conducts us on a journey through the history of science, folklore, the wilder scientific fringes, cutting-edge physics, biology and ecology, to give a fascinating new perspective on life and the substance that sustains it. After reading this book, drinking a glass of water will never be the same again.