Evolving Ourselves

Evolving Ourselves

Intelligent, provocative, and optimistic, Evolving Ourselves is the ultimate guide to the next phase of life on Earth. Chosen by Nature magazine as a Fall 2016 season highlight.

Author: Juan Enriquez

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780143108344

Category: Science

Page: 386

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An eye-opening, mind-bending exploration of how mankind is reshaping its genetic future, based on the viral TED Talk series “Will Our Kids Be a Different Species?” and “The Next Species of Human.” Are you willing to engineer the DNA of your unborn children and grand-children to be healthier? Better looking? More intelligent? Why are rates of autism, asthma, and allergies exploding at an unprecedented pace? Why are humans living longer and having far fewer kids? Futurist Juan Enriquez and scientist Steve Gullans conduct a sweeping tour of how humans are changing the course of evolution for all species—sometimes intentionally, sometimes not. For example: • What if life forms are limited only by the bounds of our imagination? Are designer babies and pets, de-extinction, even entirely newspecies fair game? • As humans, animals, and plants become ever more resistant to disease and aging, what will become the leading causes of death? • Man-machine interfaces may allow humans to live much longer. What will happen when we transfer parts of our “selves” into clones, into stored cells and machines? Though these harbingers of change are deeply unsettling, the authors argue we are also in an epoch of tremendous opportunity. Future humans, perhaps a more diverse, resilient, gentler, and intelligent species, may become better caretakers of the planet—but only if we make the right choices now. Intelligent, provocative, and optimistic, Evolving Ourselves is the ultimate guide to the next phase of life on Earth. Chosen by Nature magazine as a Fall 2016 season highlight.
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Saved by Science

Saved by Science

Juan Enriquez and Steve Gullans say it best in their book Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation Are Changing Life on Earth: “If Darwin were alive today, he would likely revise a significant part of his great ...

Author: Mark J. Poznansky

Publisher: ECW Press

ISBN: 9781773055947

Category: Science

Page: 300

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How can we accelerate the development of vaccines? How do we feed three billion people when 12 million died of hunger in 2019? Does synthetic biology hold the answer? With all the advances in science in the last century, why are there still so many infectious diseases? Why haven’t we found cures for difficult cancers? Why hasn’t any major progress been made in the treatment of mental illness? And how do we intend to stop, and not only that but reverse, global warming and the climate crisis? In Saved by Science, scientist Mark Poznansky examines the many crises facing humanity while encouraging us with the promise of an emerging solution: synthetic biology. This is the science of building simple organisms, or “biological apps,” to make manufacturing greener energy production more sustainable, agriculture more robust, and medicine more powerful and precise. Synthetic biology is the marriage of the digital revolution with a revolution in biology and genomics; some have even called it “the fourth industrial revolution.” Accessible and informative, Saved by Science provides readers with hope for the future if we trust in and support the future of science.
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Evolving Ourselves

Evolving Ourselves

How Unnatural Selection is Changing Life on Earth Juan Enriquez, Steve Gullans. modified/repaired DNA—instant non-random mutation. Unlike earlier genetic-engineering approaches, such as gene therapy, which introduce one new gene into a ...

Author: Juan Enriquez

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781780748429

Category: Science

Page: 384

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If Darwin were alive today, he would likely recognize that technology has evolved so far, and so fast, that the origin, evolution, and future of life itself is no longer just driven by natural selection and random mutation. Why are genetic conditions like autism, asthma, and allergies on the rise at unprecedented, biologically impossible speeds? What traits does our world select for, and what does that mean for us? Will our children be a different species? Today’s humans have altered the nature of our world so much, and developed such profound capabilities for re-crafting our bodies and environment, that random mutation and natural selection are no longer the primary determinants of which species survives and how they change over time. The nature of the evolution of our world is now increasingly defined and driven by: Un-Natural Selection-- where the traits being selected for have little to nothing to do with our ability to survive and thrive--and Non-Random Mutation-- in which drastic changes to our environment wreak havoc on what gene are expressed and passed down. Evolving Ourselves is the story of how our massive human perturbation and, increasingly, our specific designs and desires are altering life on Earth. It is a chronicle of where our remarkable new capabilities for altering our bodies, other living creatures, and our environment are taking us in the near term, and introduces the possibility that we might cause our own extinction in the long run.
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Toward a Living Architecture

Toward a Living Architecture

... book Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation Are Changing Life on Earth: “CRISPR can be repurposed to cut, paste, and edit any DNA sequence into or out of any genome quickly and easily, not just bacteria.

Author: Christina Cogdell

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9781452958071

Category: Architecture

Page: 296

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A bold and unprecedented look at a cutting-edge movement in architecture Toward a Living Architecture? is the first book-length critique of the emerging field of generative architecture and its nexus with computation, biology, and complexity. Starting from the assertion that we should take generative architects’ rhetoric of biology and sustainability seriously, Christina Cogdell examines their claims from the standpoints of the sciences they draw on—complex systems theory, evolutionary theory, genetics and epigenetics, and synthetic biology. She reveals significant disconnects while also pointing to approaches and projects with significant potential for further development. Arguing that architectural design today often only masquerades as sustainable, Cogdell demonstrates how the language of some cutting-edge practitioners and educators can mislead students and clients into thinking they are getting something biological when they are not. In a narrative that moves from the computational toward the biological and from current practice to visionary futures, Cogdell uses life-cycle analysis as a baseline for parsing the material, energetic, and pollution differences between different digital and biological design and construction approaches. Contrary to green-tech sustainability advocates, she questions whether quartzite-based silicon technologies and their reliance on rare earth metals as currently designed are sustainable for much longer, challenging common projections of a computationally designed and manufactured future. Moreover, in critiquing contemporary architecture and science from a historical vantage point, she reveals the similarities between eugenic design of the 1930s and the aims of some generative architects and engineering synthetic biologists today. Each chapter addresses a current architectural school or program while also exploring a distinct aspect of the corresponding scientific language, theory, or practice. No other book critiques generative architecture by evaluating its scientific rhetoric and disjunction from actual scientific theory and practice. Based on the author’s years of field research in architecture studios and biological labs, this rare, field-building book does no less than definitively, unsparingly explain the role of the natural sciences within contemporary architecture.
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GMO Sapiens

GMO Sapiens

Selden, S (2005) Transforming Better Babies into Fitter Families: archival resources and the history of American ... JS, Gullans, S (2015) Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation are Changing Life on Earth.

Author: Paul Knoepfler

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9789814667036

Category: Science

Page: 250

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' Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) including plants and the foods made from them, are a hot topic of debate today, but soon related technology could go much further and literally change what it means to be human. Scientists are on the verge of being able to create people who are GMOs. Should they do it? Could we become a healthier and ''better'' species or might eugenics go viral leading to a real, new world of genetic dystopia? GMO Sapiens tackles such questions by taking a fresh look at the cutting-edge biotech discoveries that have made genetically modified people possible. Bioengineering, genomics, synthetic biology, and stem cells are changing sci-fi into reality before our eyes. This book will capture your imagination with its clear, approachable writing style. It will draw you into the fascinating discussion of the life-changing science of human genetic modification. Contents:An Introduction to Playing GodThe Birth and Explosive Growth of GMOsHuman CloningBuild-a-Baby Better via GeneticsDIY Guide to Creating GMO SapiensEugenics and TranshumanismCultural Views on Human Genetic ModificationGMO Sapiens Today and Tomorrow Readership: Undergraduate biology majors, graduate biology majors, non-experts interested in GMOs, biologists and teenagers interested in cloning and human genetic modification. Key Features:Books on this hot new topic of creating GMO people are rare, tend to be out-of-date, or have narrow topic rangesThe goal of this book is to educate and entertain an educated lay audience about human genetic modificationKeywords:GMO;Genetically Modified Organism;GMO Sapien;Cloning;Genomics;Designer Babies;Mitochondrial Transfer;Stem Cells;Infertility "What I find troubling, exciting but scary, is that I find myself agreeing with an undertone, I do not support human germline genetic modification but with all the new information and perspectives available to me I have found myself questioning my own views and will be watching any developments with a fascinated interest I would rather not admit to." The NODE '
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Why Are We Here

Why Are We Here

The Story of the Origin, Evolution, and Future of Life on Our Planet Bruce Brodie. Simborg, D. 2017. ... Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation Are Changing Life on Earth. New York, NY: Penguin Group.

Author: Bruce Brodie

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781532067976

Category: Science

Page: 446

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From the big bang, to the origin and evolution of intelligent life in a search for the meaning of human existence, Why are We Here?, by author Bruce Brodie, offers a look at evolution and the future of life on the planet. Through many years of research and study, Brodie addresses a host of questions: • How did chemistry come to life? • How did the release of oxygen by cyanobacteria change the natural history of life? • How did mass extinctions reset the clock and reshape the course of biological evolution? • Why are homo sapiens so dominant? • Why do humans build vast civilizations, while chimps, with whom we share more than 98 percent of our DNA, are confined to forests and experimental laboratories and zoos? • How will cultural and technological evolution, which have transcended the slow pace of biological evolution, shape the future of life on the planet? • Can we escape the many existential threats that hover over us? Why are We Here? offers a new perspective on how we think about the world, and our place and our purpose in the universe and the future of humanity. It presents a lasting sense of the amazing wonder and mystery of life.
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Original Sin in the Twenty First Century

Original Sin in the Twenty First Century

Boston: Houghton Miin Harcourt, . Enriques, Juan, and Steve Gullans. Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation Are Changing Life on Earth. New York: Current/Penguin, . “Human Nature.

Author: Richard J. Coleman

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781666704686

Category: Religion

Page: 89

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Original Sin in the 21st Century begins with a cold, hard fact: Christians, we have a problem! No one is listening to us when we talk about original sin. That will change as you follow an exploration of original sin as an enduring truth about human nature. This book is not another exposition of either the history or the doctrine of original sin. Rather, it opens up new avenues of consideration, such as original goodness as a counterweight to original sin, a contemporary interpretation of the Adam-Eve narrative, the new relevancy of Reinhold Niebuhr's recognition that we are not as good as our ideals, and a soul-searching inquiry into whether original sin is too dark or perhaps not dark enough. The twenty-first century is far more than a backdrop. This book invites us to rethink what sin looks like when the world warms, when AI is created in our own image, and when sin thrives on indifference and willful ignorance. The author will quickly convince you this century is both an opportunity and an imperative to rethink original sin for what lies ahead.
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Re Creating Nature

Re Creating Nature

Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation Are Changing Life on Earth. New York: Penguin Group. Gaskell, G., and M. W. Bauer. 2006. Genomics and Society: Legal, Ethical and Social Dimensions. London: Earthscan.

Author: James T. Bradley

Publisher: University Alabama Press

ISBN: 9780817320294

Category: Science

Page: 404

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An exploration of the moral and ethical implications of new biotechnologies Many of the ethical issues raised by new technologies have not been widely examined, discussed, or indeed settled. For example, robotics technology challenges the notion of personhood. Should a robot, capable of making what humans would call ethical decisions, be held responsible for those decisions and the resultant actions? Should society reward and punish robots in the same way that it does humans? Likewise, issues of safety, environmental concerns, and distributive justice arise with the increasing acceptance of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food production nanotechnology in engineering and medicine, and human gene therapy and enhancement. The problem of dual-use—when a technology can be used both to benefit and to harm—exists with virtually all new technologies but is central in the context of emerging 21st century technologies ranging from artificial intelligence and robotics to human gene-editing and brain-computer interfacing. In Re-Creating Nature: Science, Technology, and Human Values in the Twenty-First Century, James T. Bradley addresses emerging biotechnologies with prodigious potential to benefit humankind but that are also fraught with ethical consequences. Some actually possess the power to directly alter the evolution of life on earth including human. Specifically, these topics include stem cells, synthetic biology, GMOs in agriculture, nanotechnology, bioterrorism, CRISPR gene-editing technology, three-parent babies, robotics and roboethics, artificial intelligence, and human brain research and neurotechnologies. Offering clear explanations of these various technologies, a pragmatic presentation of the conundrums involved, and questions that illuminate hypothetical situations, Bradley guides discussions of these and other thorny issues resulting from the development of new biotechnologies. He also highlights the responsibilities of scientists to conduct research in an ethical manner and the responsibilities of nonscientists to become “science literate” in the twenty-first century.
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The Lighting of the Fire

The Lighting of the Fire

See also John Brockman's Is the Internet Changing the Way You Think?: The Net's Impact on Our Minds and Future, Harper-Collins, 2011. 108 See Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation are Changing Life on Earth, ...

Author: Fr. Benigno P. Beltran

Publisher: Consystent Solutions

ISBN: 9786219503211

Category: Business & Economics

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The book contains deeply insightful, objectively-argued, clear and succinct and synthesized ideas in education, philosophy, theory and practice.
Categories: Business & Economics

Handbook of Life Course Health Development

Handbook of Life Course Health Development

Evolving ourselves: How unnatural selection and nonrandom mutation are changing life on earth. New York: Penguin. Entringer, S., Buss, C., et al. (2012). Fetal programming of body composition, obesity, and metabolic function: The role ...

Author: Neal Halfon

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319471433

Category: Medical

Page: 664

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This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. ​This handbook synthesizes and analyzes the growing knowledge base on life course health development (LCHD) from the prenatal period through emerging adulthood, with implications for clinical practice and public health. It presents LCHD as an innovative field with a sound theoretical framework for understanding wellness and disease from a lifespan perspective, replacing previous medical, biopsychosocial, and early genomic models of health. Interdisciplinary chapters discuss major health concerns (diabetes, obesity), important less-studied conditions (hearing, kidney health), and large-scale issues (nutrition, adversity) from a lifespan viewpoint. In addition, chapters address methodological approaches and challenges by analyzing existing measures, studies, and surveys. The book concludes with the editors’ research agenda that proposes priorities for future LCHD research and its application to health care practice and health policy. Topics featured in the Handbook include: The prenatal period and its effect on child obesity and metabolic outcomes. Pregnancy complications and their effect on women’s cardiovascular health. A multi-level approach for obesity prevention in children. Application of the LCHD framework to autism spectrum disorder. Socioeconomic disadvantage and its influence on health development across the lifespan. The importance of nutrition to optimal health development across the lifespan. The Handbook of Life Course Health Development is a must-have resource for researchers, clinicians/professionals, and graduate students in developmental psychology/science; maternal and child health; social work; health economics; educational policy and politics; and medical law as well as many interrelated subdisciplines in psychology, medicine, public health, mental health, education, social welfare, economics, sociology, and law.
Categories: Medical