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The New Humanists: Science at the Edge

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When John Brockman’s essay, “The New Humanists” appeared on his popular cutting-edge science website, EDGE (, he received a record number of responses from the intellectuals of the EDGE community. In his essay, Brockman noted that the American intellectual had become proudly or defiantly ignorant of major scientific accomplishments. According to Brockman, inte ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published August 18th 2003 by Sterling (first published 2003)
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Karim LmezgeldI
المقالات الثلات الاولى من الاهمية بمكان فالمقالة الاولى تحاول تفسير تفوق الحضارة الغربية من خلال العوامل البيئية و الجغرافية التي ساعدت العرق الابيض على بناء حضارته و استعمار الشعوب الاخرى و المقالتين الاخريين تتحدثان عن الطبيعة البشرية من وجهة نظر بيولوجية و علم الوراثة فالمقالة الاولى تنقض فكرة الصفحة البيضاء و المتوحش الضريف و المقالة الثالتة تحاول نقض تهمة الحتمية التي تنسب لفكرة الطبيعة البشرية التي يعززها علم الوراثة
Feb 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: humans...
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Ian Oeschger
Jan 07, 2008 rated it it was ok
You can enjoy this anthology and still feel that the anthologist, John Brockman, is puffy and hubristic.

This effort to bring the humanities and the sciences together is a laudable one, but Brockman often seems to act as if he were the first to conceive it, and is (I think) often arrogantly dismissive of the claims of humanism and the humanities that he purports to embrace.

(Retrospective on having read this a long time ago)
Nov 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Some really fantastic essays in here. They're not all gold, but there's not much bad in here either.

The only bad thing I can really think to say about this book is that a lot of the essays try to condense too much information into too small a space. Still, it's a great introduction to a lot of important scientists and thinkers of our time.
Feb 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Although sometimes interesting most of presented conceptions were too abstract for me and since I'm more about factual data it couldn't capture my full attention. 1 star was added for the Epilogue which itself makes the book worth reading.
Rachel Brune
Jan 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting set of essays. Given that most of them date from 2003, there were some parts that made me smile. The most interesting part for me was the epilogue, in which several scientists debated the role of science and scientists in relation to their potential as "new humanists."
Desiree Sotomayor
Jun 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
A wonderful compilation of articles from the ever-fascinating
Ahmd L Husainy
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وما اشبه به هو موقع ساسه بوست
تقييمه درجتين نتيجه الترجمه المتوسطه واني لم اكمل قراءته
Beth (M) mowry
Jul 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: enlightening
A feast of ideas about human nature, evolution, computers, the universe... mercifully readable.
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With a broad career spanning the fields of art, science, books, software and the Internet. In 1960 he established the bases for "intermedia kinetic environments" in art, theatre and commerce, while consulting for clients such as General Electric, Columbia Pictures, The Pentagon, The White House... In 1973 he formed his own literary and software agency. He is founder of the Edge Foundation and edit ...more
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