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Radical Evolution by Joel Garreau
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it was amazing
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Radical Evolution is both fascinating and frightening. Joel Garreau provides dozens of anecdotal stories of scientific progress toward human enhancement and the possibility of the first transhuman or posthuman. Despite the technical subject-matter Garreau writes in a very entertaining and accessible way. As he says, he focuses on how technology changes people and how we live with one another rather than focusing on the mechanisms of the technology itself. A lot of science fiction writers could learn from this.

Later chapters are similar to dialogues, covering Garreau's conversations with famous scientists, inventors, and thinkers. The philosophical discussions are by far the most interesting.

The first two chapters are a little underwhelming, more or less a string of short anecdotes with little or no context. After that, it is excellent.
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Reading Progress

December 10, 2014 – Shelved
June 13, 2015 – Started Reading
June 14, 2015 –
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June 20, 2015 – Finished Reading

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