Introduces the revolutionary concept of 'mindware' – the human, evolutionary equivalent of computer software – and describes how the evolution-accelerating symbol-using programs that make it up have empowered us with the unprecedented ability to take charge of our own evolutionary destiny.
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John Robert Skoyles, PhD, holds degrees from The London School of Economics and University College London and is a former MRC (British Medical Research Council)-funded neuroscience researcher. Working independently, he has made contributions to neural-network models, right hemisphere literacy, the alphabet and the brain, motor perception, and mirror neurons. He has written for esteemed scientific publications such as Nature, New Scientist, Trends in NeuroScience, American Psychologist, Psycoloquy, Journal of Memetics, and the Popper Newsletter.
The son of Carl Sagan and Lynn Margulis, science writer Dorion Sagan has worked with some of the finest scientists writing today. He is the winner of the Educational Press Association of America Excellence in Educational Journalism Award and has contributed to Wired, The New York Times, The Smithsonian, The Sciences, Omni, The Environmentalist, and The New York Times Book Review, among other publications. A theorist, consultant, and sleight-of-hand magician, he has contributed to popular science anthologies such as Evolution Extended (MIT Press) and The Biophilia Hypothesis (Stephen R. Kellert and E. O. Wilson, eds.)