The Agile Gene: How Nature Turns on Nurture, published in 2003 by Matt Ridley
Ten years after its publication, this book has aged extremely well. Its incisive views of nature vs. nurture, free will, and emotions have opened new paths for exploration.
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Emotions were a killer app for homo sapiens to win the evolutionary strugle against other proto-humans. will they also be a “killer” app in this Age of Intelligence?
Emotions have been a killer app at least twice in human history. The first time, emotions helped us win the evolutionary race for survival. The second time, will emotions help us self-destruct?
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This is a book of hope for humanity. But more than just hope, Jeff Hawkins has a plan–a plan for all humanity, and beyond. Each of its three sections is largely independent, and yet in the final two, short chapters Jeff Hawkins unites the book into a breathtaking estate plan for humanity.
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Traditions are the distilled wisdom and memory of culture. Watching them change can be unsettling.
Evolution has only three steps: propagation, variation, and selection.
Freeman Dyson broke the Prisoners Dilemma by using Theory of Mind. His algorithm learned the reward matrix for the opponent, then retrained the opponent to use a different reward matrix, much more beneficial to to Dyson’s player.
Can a market be involuntary? Does a market require human participants? What is the biggest market in the world?