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Monday, December 25, 2017

8 essential books to get reading over Christmas | Wired.co.uk - Books

"Whether you're in the mood for a novel, some non-fiction or a collection of comic books, WIRED has got you covered"

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Christmas is the perfect time for stuffing yourself with food before getting cosy and wiling away the long winter nights with a great book. Take a look at this list of what we've been reading this year, and maybe you'll find some inspiration for your own bookshelves – virtual or otherwise – this Christmas.

The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness 

The Soul of an Octopus:
A Surprising Exploration into
the Wonder of Consciousness

Looking for alien life? 
Start by taking a closer look at the remarkable world of the octopus. In The Soul of an Octopus, naturalist Sy Montgomery explains how these creatures aren’t just super-intelligent, but also full of personality. During her studies, Montgomery explores the fledgling field of octopus intelligence, showing them at their playful, ingenious best. This book sets out to change your preconceptions of what intelligence means and – in a roundabout way – gives a glimpse of how these ideas might be further challenged when we eventually find equally bizarre life elsewhere in the universe. And you’ll fall in love with a few octopuses along the way 

The Runaway Species: How human creativity remakes the world

The Runaway Species:
How human creativity
remakes the world
The Runaway Species is a beautifully illustrated deep dive into human creativity by Stanford neuroscientist David Eagleman and composer Anthony Brandt. Covering the neuroscience of why and how we innovate, using examples of Picasso’s offensive art and the agenda-setting iPhone, this is a must-read for anyone with curiosity about the workings of the human mind. 

To Be a Machine 

To Be a Machine:
Adventures Among Cyborgs,
Utopians, Hackers, and
the Futurists Solving the Modest
Problem of Death


Humans and robotics are merging. Leading this movement is a dedicated bunch of transhumanists who want to augment their bodies with technology. With a gonzo-style reporting aproach, Mark O'Connell meets the people who want to become machines and those who have already taken the first steps.  

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Enjoy your reading and merry Christmas!

Source: Wired.co.uk


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