The Robot's Rebellion: Finding Meaning in the Age of Darwin
The idea that we might be robots is no longer the stuff of science fiction; decades of research in evolutionary biology and cognitive science have led many esteemed thinkers and scientists to the conclusion that, following the precepts of universal Darwinism, humans are merely the hosts for two replicators (genes and memes) that have no interest in us except as conduits fo...more
Paperback, 374 pages
Published October 15th 2005 by University Of Chicago Press
(first published May 15th 2004)
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If this book does not change your view of yourself and our culture, you are paying attention. The thesis of the book is profound and tears away a wide range of myths we have about ourselves. I found the writing to be a bit dense. It does not flow, but it is certainly sound in science and logic. My caution to a reader is that this is well worth reading AND understanding, so take your time with it and don't let the less than stellar writing style discourage you. I almost gave it 4 stars due to the...more
Nov 11, 2012 Chaundra rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Chaundra by: Drake
This is one of those books that I wish half stars existed for. There are some really incredible ideas in here that unfortunately are smothered in one of the worst writing styles that it's ever been my misfortune to read. Not only does this author need an editor (and NOT a science editor) but he also needs a ghost writer who can explain complex facts in a concise readable way. It's such a shame, because I think if the book were more approachable it could potentially really get the wider culture t...more
An incredibly complex and truly contemporary endeavor to analyze the self, cognition and human rationality. Admirable is the author's intent to provide solutions applicable on an individual level for problems regarding modern day features of existence in a society and reality that is focused more on propagating itself than on considering individual goals, interests and holistic well being. The quality of writing, reasoning and peer reference is excellent, although the book might appear a bit too...more
I'll never look at myself the same again after reading this - all the selfish genes we carry around, they have immortality and we the "hosts" are little more than robots carrying them around and passing them on to the next generation of children... a great read building on Dawkin's Selfish Gene...