The Shocking Thing About the Brain
An electrical-stimulation technology with promising new uses comes from a dark age that still has a lot to teach us.
Keep Running, Never Get Over the Hill
Elite athletes are now maintaining their level of performance in their 40s and beyond. What can they teach the rest of us?
The Genius of Our Lizard Brain
Emotions don’t get in the way of rational thought, says Antonio Damasio. They make it possible.
Are You a Wizard or a Prophet?
A new book argues that technology and environmentalism clash. But that’s not a useful way to think about the future.
A Composer and a Neuroscientist Walk into a Bar …
In “The Runaway Species,” Anthony Brandt and David Eagleman try to unlock the secrets of creativity. by Michael Hawley
The Audacity of Synthetic Biologists
Sophia Roosth puts big questions to the people who are reviving extinct species and building organisms from scratch.
From Molecules to Megacities: How Life Scales
Geoffrey West’s monumental book “Scale” channels math and physics to explore the limits of our biology, our companies, and our civilization. by Esther Dyson
De-Extinction, Jonas Salk, and More: the 3 Book List Returns
Back by popular demand: more great reading recommendations from people shaping the future of our species.
Makers of the World, Unite
Cory Doctorow’s novel “Walkaway” envisions a future in which the jobless masses co-opt automation technologies to ensure their freedom.