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According to author Mark Roeder it is. In Charles Darwin’s view, only the fittest of the species – the aplha males and females survived and evolved. But these days the game has changed. You no longer need physical strength and strong genes to make it – in fact in our increasingly man-made sedentary and digital world, the traits which count are often the opposite of Darwin’s check list. Think of the film ‘The Social Network’. The central battle is between two opposing sides – one, the Winklevoss twins have classic alpha genes: they are attractive, tall, strong, Olympian rowers, good at school, moneyed. On the other side is nerdy, slightly autistic, physically weak Mark Zuckerberg. The twist in the tale is that it is Zuckerberg who triumphs – it is his ability to multi-task, to read the new currency, to bend the man-made systems to his will, which make him the victor. Mark Roeder takes this example as the starting point of a bold new theory – that it will be the geeks who inherit the earth. Available on kindle from $13.46 (27/02/14)
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1001 Ideas That Shaped the Way We think is a comprehensive guide to the most interesting and imaginative thoughts from the finest minds of the past 3000 years. Ranging from the ancient wisdom of Confucius and Plato to today's cutting-edge thinkers, it offers a wealth of stimulation and amusement for everyone with a curious mind. Within the pages of this book you will find a wide variety of answers to the great, eternal questions: how was the Universe created and what is the place of humans within it? How should a person live? And how can we build a just society? 1001 Ideas That Shaped the Way We think also includes a host of hypotheses that are remarkable for their sheer weirdness - from the concept of the transmigration of souls to parallel universes and the theoretical paradoxes of time travel (what happens if you travel back in time and kill your own grandfather?). Discover how the Greek philosopher Zeno "proved" a flying arrow never moves; how modern science has shown that a butterfly's wing can stir up an Atlantic storm; and the mathematical proof of the existence of life in other galaxies. The inspirational ideas explored here range from Gandhi's theory of civil disobedience to Henry Thoreau's praise of the simple life and Mary Wollstonecraft's groundbreaking advocacy of women's rights. The book also covers a wide variety of lifestyle concepts, such as 'rational dress' and naturism, and cultural movements including Neoclassicism, Surrealism and Postmodernism. Supported by a wealth of striking illustrations and illuminating questions, 1001 Ideas That Shaped the Way We think is both an in-depth history of ideas and a delightfully browsable source of entertainment.
Author Biography: Robert Arp is the editor of South Park and Philosophy, the co-editor of Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Biology, and the author of Scenario Visualization: An Evolutionary Account of Creative Problem Solving and An Integrated Approach to the Philosophy of Mind.
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What people say is often very different to what
they think or feel.