On the Future: Prospects for Humanity

On the Future: Prospects for Humanity

A provocative and inspiring look at the future of humanity and science from world-renowned scientist and bestselling author Martin Rees Humanity has reached a critical moment. Our world is unsettled and rapidly changing, and we face existential risks over the next century. Various outcomes--good and bad--are possible. Yet our approach to the future is characterized by short A provocative and inspiring look at the future of humanity and science from world-renowned scientist and bestselling ...

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Title:On the Future: Prospects for Humanity
Author:Martin J. Rees
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Number of Pages:272 pages pages

On the Future: Prospects for Humanity Reviews

  • Celi
    Nov 09, 2018

    The Bleakest of Expectations The substance of this book is scientific, namely the most important threats to human life on Earth and their elimination or mitigation. But Rees?s intention, of course, is political He understandably wants to contribute to the generation of a consensus...

    "A feature of science is that as the frontiers of our knowledge are extended, new mysteries, just beyond the frontiers, come into sharper focus." To be able to look into the future, one must see the present in its complex, chaotic, simultaneous varieties. With charm and clarity, Ma...

    When I was at school we had a great young history teacher who got everyone in the class to go out and buy a copy of Mao's Little Red Book. Some parents were decidedly unhappy, but it was a fascinating exercise, and though I found most of the contents impenetrable drivel, it was somethi...

    There have been a number of books written in the past decade by eminent scientists about their hopes, predictions, and worries for the 21st century and beyond. This latest entry from Martin Rees is a fine survey of several of these ideas written with his customary elegance and eruditio...

    Although there were some really good parts in the book, but nothing is discussed in depth. Only superficial ideas. If you want a casual read, go for it ...

    Unoriginal -- all this information can be found in similar, better books, and Rees's nonstop use of unnecessary quotation marks nearly gave me a heart attack. Fire your editor, dude. ...

    I didn't feel that the way this book was marketed at all reflects its contents. It has no real unifying argument or point to make, but is just a collection of the author's brief thoughts on various subjects. Sadly he never really spends long enough on any one topic to say anything inte...

    This book covered so many things: AI, space travel, climate change, biotech, and more. I loved how this book gave such a wide-ranging overview that I (a non-scientist) could easily grasp. ...

    Astrophysicist and former President of the Royal Society, Martin Rees discusses his concerns and predictions for the future of humanity. He is concerned with a nuclear apocalypse, climate change, and an extinction-level asteroid impact. He also predicts our future in the cosmos if we d...

    I recently saw Martin Rees speak in Chicago and bought this book. It reads very much in the same way Rees speaks - bright, sparkly, optimistic, but also direct and opinionated about the dire challenges our world faces. An astronomer by trade and training, he is adept at addressing a wi...

    A lot of very practical ideas that have little likelihood of ever happening because we evolved from scavenging pack oriented hominids, & our primitive social order still trumps all else. It's too bad, really. ...

    One of the rare books where the impression is that of sitting at the knees of a wise elder thinker and learning form them resolutely, gently, and satisfactorily. Future: what it can bring, what are the constituents that will influence it, how to react to it, and how to interact with i...

    This was a 'wonderful' read. ...

    A techno realist makes his case for a more global, long term, ethical way of thinking (science) to solve humanities? mounting challenges. We should listen, and rethink our priorities as we focus on our future. ...

    Entertaining, nothing new here. ...

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  • Jim Witkins
    Dec 09, 2018

    The Bleakest of Expectations The substance of this book is scientific, namely the most important threats to human life on Earth and their elimination or mitigation. But Rees?s intention, of course, is political He understandably wants to contribute to the generation of a consensus...

    "A feature of science is that as the frontiers of our knowledge are extended, new mysteries, just beyond the frontiers, come into sharper focus." To be able to look into the future, one must see the present in its complex, chaotic, simultaneous varieties. With charm and clarity, Ma...

    When I was at school we had a great young history teacher who got everyone in the class to go out and buy a copy of Mao's Little Red Book. Some parents were decidedly unhappy, but it was a fascinating exercise, and though I found most of the contents impenetrable drivel, it was somethi...

    There have been a number of books written in the past decade by eminent scientists about their hopes, predictions, and worries for the 21st century and beyond. This latest entry from Martin Rees is a fine survey of several of these ideas written with his customary elegance and eruditio...

    Although there were some really good parts in the book, but nothing is discussed in depth. Only superficial ideas. If you want a casual read, go for it ...

    Unoriginal -- all this information can be found in similar, better books, and Rees's nonstop use of unnecessary quotation marks nearly gave me a heart attack. Fire your editor, dude. ...

    I didn't feel that the way this book was marketed at all reflects its contents. It has no real unifying argument or point to make, but is just a collection of the author's brief thoughts on various subjects. Sadly he never really spends long enough on any one topic to say anything inte...

    This book covered so many things: AI, space travel, climate change, biotech, and more. I loved how this book gave such a wide-ranging overview that I (a non-scientist) could easily grasp. ...

    Astrophysicist and former President of the Royal Society, Martin Rees discusses his concerns and predictions for the future of humanity. He is concerned with a nuclear apocalypse, climate change, and an extinction-level asteroid impact. He also predicts our future in the cosmos if we d...

    I recently saw Martin Rees speak in Chicago and bought this book. It reads very much in the same way Rees speaks - bright, sparkly, optimistic, but also direct and opinionated about the dire challenges our world faces. An astronomer by trade and training, he is adept at addressing a wi...

    A lot of very practical ideas that have little likelihood of ever happening because we evolved from scavenging pack oriented hominids, & our primitive social order still trumps all else. It's too bad, really. ...

    One of the rare books where the impression is that of sitting at the knees of a wise elder thinker and learning form them resolutely, gently, and satisfactorily. Future: what it can bring, what are the constituents that will influence it, how to react to it, and how to interact with i...

    This was a 'wonderful' read. ...

    A techno realist makes his case for a more global, long term, ethical way of thinking (science) to solve humanities? mounting challenges. We should listen, and rethink our priorities as we focus on our future. ...

  • Brandon
    Dec 06, 2018

    The Bleakest of Expectations The substance of this book is scientific, namely the most important threats to human life on Earth and their elimination or mitigation. But Rees?s intention, of course, is political He understandably wants to contribute to the generation of a consensus...

    "A feature of science is that as the frontiers of our knowledge are extended, new mysteries, just beyond the frontiers, come into sharper focus." To be able to look into the future, one must see the present in its complex, chaotic, simultaneous varieties. With charm and clarity, Ma...

    When I was at school we had a great young history teacher who got everyone in the class to go out and buy a copy of Mao's Little Red Book. Some parents were decidedly unhappy, but it was a fascinating exercise, and though I found most of the contents impenetrable drivel, it was somethi...

    There have been a number of books written in the past decade by eminent scientists about their hopes, predictions, and worries for the 21st century and beyond. This latest entry from Martin Rees is a fine survey of several of these ideas written with his customary elegance and eruditio...

    Although there were some really good parts in the book, but nothing is discussed in depth. Only superficial ideas. If you want a casual read, go for it ...

    Unoriginal -- all this information can be found in similar, better books, and Rees's nonstop use of unnecessary quotation marks nearly gave me a heart attack. Fire your editor, dude. ...

    I didn't feel that the way this book was marketed at all reflects its contents. It has no real unifying argument or point to make, but is just a collection of the author's brief thoughts on various subjects. Sadly he never really spends long enough on any one topic to say anything inte...

    This book covered so many things: AI, space travel, climate change, biotech, and more. I loved how this book gave such a wide-ranging overview that I (a non-scientist) could easily grasp. ...

    Astrophysicist and former President of the Royal Society, Martin Rees discusses his concerns and predictions for the future of humanity. He is concerned with a nuclear apocalypse, climate change, and an extinction-level asteroid impact. He also predicts our future in the cosmos if we d...

    I recently saw Martin Rees speak in Chicago and bought this book. It reads very much in the same way Rees speaks - bright, sparkly, optimistic, but also direct and opinionated about the dire challenges our world faces. An astronomer by trade and training, he is adept at addressing a wi...

    A lot of very practical ideas that have little likelihood of ever happening because we evolved from scavenging pack oriented hominids, & our primitive social order still trumps all else. It's too bad, really. ...

    One of the rare books where the impression is that of sitting at the knees of a wise elder thinker and learning form them resolutely, gently, and satisfactorily. Future: what it can bring, what are the constituents that will influence it, how to react to it, and how to interact with i...

    This was a 'wonderful' read. ...

    A techno realist makes his case for a more global, long term, ethical way of thinking (science) to solve humanities? mounting challenges. We should listen, and rethink our priorities as we focus on our future. ...

    Entertaining, nothing new here. ...

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  • Chuck
    Oct 28, 2018

    The Bleakest of Expectations The substance of this book is scientific, namely the most important threats to human life on Earth and their elimination or mitigation. But Rees?s intention, of course, is political He understandably wants to contribute to the generation of a consensus...

    "A feature of science is that as the frontiers of our knowledge are extended, new mysteries, just beyond the frontiers, come into sharper focus." To be able to look into the future, one must see the present in its complex, chaotic, simultaneous varieties. With charm and clarity, Ma...

    When I was at school we had a great young history teacher who got everyone in the class to go out and buy a copy of Mao's Little Red Book. Some parents were decidedly unhappy, but it was a fascinating exercise, and though I found most of the contents impenetrable drivel, it was somethi...

    There have been a number of books written in the past decade by eminent scientists about their hopes, predictions, and worries for the 21st century and beyond. This latest entry from Martin Rees is a fine survey of several of these ideas written with his customary elegance and eruditio...

    Although there were some really good parts in the book, but nothing is discussed in depth. Only superficial ideas. If you want a casual read, go for it ...

    Unoriginal -- all this information can be found in similar, better books, and Rees's nonstop use of unnecessary quotation marks nearly gave me a heart attack. Fire your editor, dude. ...

    I didn't feel that the way this book was marketed at all reflects its contents. It has no real unifying argument or point to make, but is just a collection of the author's brief thoughts on various subjects. Sadly he never really spends long enough on any one topic to say anything inte...

    This book covered so many things: AI, space travel, climate change, biotech, and more. I loved how this book gave such a wide-ranging overview that I (a non-scientist) could easily grasp. ...

    Astrophysicist and former President of the Royal Society, Martin Rees discusses his concerns and predictions for the future of humanity. He is concerned with a nuclear apocalypse, climate change, and an extinction-level asteroid impact. He also predicts our future in the cosmos if we d...

    I recently saw Martin Rees speak in Chicago and bought this book. It reads very much in the same way Rees speaks - bright, sparkly, optimistic, but also direct and opinionated about the dire challenges our world faces. An astronomer by trade and training, he is adept at addressing a wi...

  • Rebecca
    Oct 16, 2018

    The Bleakest of Expectations The substance of this book is scientific, namely the most important threats to human life on Earth and their elimination or mitigation. But Rees?s intention, of course, is political He understandably wants to contribute to the generation of a consensus...

    "A feature of science is that as the frontiers of our knowledge are extended, new mysteries, just beyond the frontiers, come into sharper focus." To be able to look into the future, one must see the present in its complex, chaotic, simultaneous varieties. With charm and clarity, Ma...

    When I was at school we had a great young history teacher who got everyone in the class to go out and buy a copy of Mao's Little Red Book. Some parents were decidedly unhappy, but it was a fascinating exercise, and though I found most of the contents impenetrable drivel, it was somethi...

    There have been a number of books written in the past decade by eminent scientists about their hopes, predictions, and worries for the 21st century and beyond. This latest entry from Martin Rees is a fine survey of several of these ideas written with his customary elegance and eruditio...

    Although there were some really good parts in the book, but nothing is discussed in depth. Only superficial ideas. If you want a casual read, go for it ...

    Unoriginal -- all this information can be found in similar, better books, and Rees's nonstop use of unnecessary quotation marks nearly gave me a heart attack. Fire your editor, dude. ...

    I didn't feel that the way this book was marketed at all reflects its contents. It has no real unifying argument or point to make, but is just a collection of the author's brief thoughts on various subjects. Sadly he never really spends long enough on any one topic to say anything inte...

    This book covered so many things: AI, space travel, climate change, biotech, and more. I loved how this book gave such a wide-ranging overview that I (a non-scientist) could easily grasp. ...

    Astrophysicist and former President of the Royal Society, Martin Rees discusses his concerns and predictions for the future of humanity. He is concerned with a nuclear apocalypse, climate change, and an extinction-level asteroid impact. He also predicts our future in the cosmos if we d...

    I recently saw Martin Rees speak in Chicago and bought this book. It reads very much in the same way Rees speaks - bright, sparkly, optimistic, but also direct and opinionated about the dire challenges our world faces. An astronomer by trade and training, he is adept at addressing a wi...

    A lot of very practical ideas that have little likelihood of ever happening because we evolved from scavenging pack oriented hominids, & our primitive social order still trumps all else. It's too bad, really. ...

    One of the rare books where the impression is that of sitting at the knees of a wise elder thinker and learning form them resolutely, gently, and satisfactorily. Future: what it can bring, what are the constituents that will influence it, how to react to it, and how to interact with i...

    This was a 'wonderful' read. ...

    A techno realist makes his case for a more global, long term, ethical way of thinking (science) to solve humanities? mounting challenges. We should listen, and rethink our priorities as we focus on our future. ...

    Entertaining, nothing new here. ...

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  • Brian Clegg
    Oct 23, 2018

    The Bleakest of Expectations The substance of this book is scientific, namely the most important threats to human life on Earth and their elimination or mitigation. But Rees?s intention, of course, is political He understandably wants to contribute to the generation of a consensus...

    "A feature of science is that as the frontiers of our knowledge are extended, new mysteries, just beyond the frontiers, come into sharper focus." To be able to look into the future, one must see the present in its complex, chaotic, simultaneous varieties. With charm and clarity, Ma...

    When I was at school we had a great young history teacher who got everyone in the class to go out and buy a copy of Mao's Little Red Book. Some parents were decidedly unhappy, but it was a fascinating exercise, and though I found most of the contents impenetrable drivel, it was somethi...

  • Dan Graser
    Dec 02, 2018

    The Bleakest of Expectations The substance of this book is scientific, namely the most important threats to human life on Earth and their elimination or mitigation. But Rees?s intention, of course, is political He understandably wants to contribute to the generation of a consensus...

    "A feature of science is that as the frontiers of our knowledge are extended, new mysteries, just beyond the frontiers, come into sharper focus." To be able to look into the future, one must see the present in its complex, chaotic, simultaneous varieties. With charm and clarity, Ma...

    When I was at school we had a great young history teacher who got everyone in the class to go out and buy a copy of Mao's Little Red Book. Some parents were decidedly unhappy, but it was a fascinating exercise, and though I found most of the contents impenetrable drivel, it was somethi...

    There have been a number of books written in the past decade by eminent scientists about their hopes, predictions, and worries for the 21st century and beyond. This latest entry from Martin Rees is a fine survey of several of these ideas written with his customary elegance and eruditio...

  • Eamonn
    Dec 12, 2018

    The Bleakest of Expectations The substance of this book is scientific, namely the most important threats to human life on Earth and their elimination or mitigation. But Rees?s intention, of course, is political He understandably wants to contribute to the generation of a consensus...

    "A feature of science is that as the frontiers of our knowledge are extended, new mysteries, just beyond the frontiers, come into sharper focus." To be able to look into the future, one must see the present in its complex, chaotic, simultaneous varieties. With charm and clarity, Ma...

    When I was at school we had a great young history teacher who got everyone in the class to go out and buy a copy of Mao's Little Red Book. Some parents were decidedly unhappy, but it was a fascinating exercise, and though I found most of the contents impenetrable drivel, it was somethi...

    There have been a number of books written in the past decade by eminent scientists about their hopes, predictions, and worries for the 21st century and beyond. This latest entry from Martin Rees is a fine survey of several of these ideas written with his customary elegance and eruditio...

    Although there were some really good parts in the book, but nothing is discussed in depth. Only superficial ideas. If you want a casual read, go for it ...

    Unoriginal -- all this information can be found in similar, better books, and Rees's nonstop use of unnecessary quotation marks nearly gave me a heart attack. Fire your editor, dude. ...

    I didn't feel that the way this book was marketed at all reflects its contents. It has no real unifying argument or point to make, but is just a collection of the author's brief thoughts on various subjects. Sadly he never really spends long enough on any one topic to say anything inte...

    This book covered so many things: AI, space travel, climate change, biotech, and more. I loved how this book gave such a wide-ranging overview that I (a non-scientist) could easily grasp. ...

    Astrophysicist and former President of the Royal Society, Martin Rees discusses his concerns and predictions for the future of humanity. He is concerned with a nuclear apocalypse, climate change, and an extinction-level asteroid impact. He also predicts our future in the cosmos if we d...

    I recently saw Martin Rees speak in Chicago and bought this book. It reads very much in the same way Rees speaks - bright, sparkly, optimistic, but also direct and opinionated about the dire challenges our world faces. An astronomer by trade and training, he is adept at addressing a wi...

    A lot of very practical ideas that have little likelihood of ever happening because we evolved from scavenging pack oriented hominids, & our primitive social order still trumps all else. It's too bad, really. ...

    One of the rare books where the impression is that of sitting at the knees of a wise elder thinker and learning form them resolutely, gently, and satisfactorily. Future: what it can bring, what are the constituents that will influence it, how to react to it, and how to interact with i...

    This was a 'wonderful' read. ...

    A techno realist makes his case for a more global, long term, ethical way of thinking (science) to solve humanities? mounting challenges. We should listen, and rethink our priorities as we focus on our future. ...

    Entertaining, nothing new here. ...

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  • Simon Hohenadl
    Dec 11, 2018

    The Bleakest of Expectations The substance of this book is scientific, namely the most important threats to human life on Earth and their elimination or mitigation. But Rees?s intention, of course, is political He understandably wants to contribute to the generation of a consensus...

    "A feature of science is that as the frontiers of our knowledge are extended, new mysteries, just beyond the frontiers, come into sharper focus." To be able to look into the future, one must see the present in its complex, chaotic, simultaneous varieties. With charm and clarity, Ma...

    When I was at school we had a great young history teacher who got everyone in the class to go out and buy a copy of Mao's Little Red Book. Some parents were decidedly unhappy, but it was a fascinating exercise, and though I found most of the contents impenetrable drivel, it was somethi...

    There have been a number of books written in the past decade by eminent scientists about their hopes, predictions, and worries for the 21st century and beyond. This latest entry from Martin Rees is a fine survey of several of these ideas written with his customary elegance and eruditio...

    Although there were some really good parts in the book, but nothing is discussed in depth. Only superficial ideas. If you want a casual read, go for it ...

    Unoriginal -- all this information can be found in similar, better books, and Rees's nonstop use of unnecessary quotation marks nearly gave me a heart attack. Fire your editor, dude. ...

    I didn't feel that the way this book was marketed at all reflects its contents. It has no real unifying argument or point to make, but is just a collection of the author's brief thoughts on various subjects. Sadly he never really spends long enough on any one topic to say anything inte...

    This book covered so many things: AI, space travel, climate change, biotech, and more. I loved how this book gave such a wide-ranging overview that I (a non-scientist) could easily grasp. ...

    Astrophysicist and former President of the Royal Society, Martin Rees discusses his concerns and predictions for the future of humanity. He is concerned with a nuclear apocalypse, climate change, and an extinction-level asteroid impact. He also predicts our future in the cosmos if we d...

    I recently saw Martin Rees speak in Chicago and bought this book. It reads very much in the same way Rees speaks - bright, sparkly, optimistic, but also direct and opinionated about the dire challenges our world faces. An astronomer by trade and training, he is adept at addressing a wi...

    A lot of very practical ideas that have little likelihood of ever happening because we evolved from scavenging pack oriented hominids, & our primitive social order still trumps all else. It's too bad, really. ...

    One of the rare books where the impression is that of sitting at the knees of a wise elder thinker and learning form them resolutely, gently, and satisfactorily. Future: what it can bring, what are the constituents that will influence it, how to react to it, and how to interact with i...

    This was a 'wonderful' read. ...

    A techno realist makes his case for a more global, long term, ethical way of thinking (science) to solve humanities? mounting challenges. We should listen, and rethink our priorities as we focus on our future. ...

    Entertaining, nothing new here. ...

  • Tasha
    Nov 08, 2018

    The Bleakest of Expectations The substance of this book is scientific, namely the most important threats to human life on Earth and their elimination or mitigation. But Rees?s intention, of course, is political He understandably wants to contribute to the generation of a consensus...

    "A feature of science is that as the frontiers of our knowledge are extended, new mysteries, just beyond the frontiers, come into sharper focus." To be able to look into the future, one must see the present in its complex, chaotic, simultaneous varieties. With charm and clarity, Ma...

    When I was at school we had a great young history teacher who got everyone in the class to go out and buy a copy of Mao's Little Red Book. Some parents were decidedly unhappy, but it was a fascinating exercise, and though I found most of the contents impenetrable drivel, it was somethi...

    There have been a number of books written in the past decade by eminent scientists about their hopes, predictions, and worries for the 21st century and beyond. This latest entry from Martin Rees is a fine survey of several of these ideas written with his customary elegance and eruditio...

    Although there were some really good parts in the book, but nothing is discussed in depth. Only superficial ideas. If you want a casual read, go for it ...

    Unoriginal -- all this information can be found in similar, better books, and Rees's nonstop use of unnecessary quotation marks nearly gave me a heart attack. Fire your editor, dude. ...

    I didn't feel that the way this book was marketed at all reflects its contents. It has no real unifying argument or point to make, but is just a collection of the author's brief thoughts on various subjects. Sadly he never really spends long enough on any one topic to say anything inte...

    This book covered so many things: AI, space travel, climate change, biotech, and more. I loved how this book gave such a wide-ranging overview that I (a non-scientist) could easily grasp. ...

  • Mike Stolfi
    Nov 15, 2018

    The Bleakest of Expectations The substance of this book is scientific, namely the most important threats to human life on Earth and their elimination or mitigation. But Rees?s intention, of course, is political He understandably wants to contribute to the generation of a consensus...

    "A feature of science is that as the frontiers of our knowledge are extended, new mysteries, just beyond the frontiers, come into sharper focus." To be able to look into the future, one must see the present in its complex, chaotic, simultaneous varieties. With charm and clarity, Ma...

    When I was at school we had a great young history teacher who got everyone in the class to go out and buy a copy of Mao's Little Red Book. Some parents were decidedly unhappy, but it was a fascinating exercise, and though I found most of the contents impenetrable drivel, it was somethi...

    There have been a number of books written in the past decade by eminent scientists about their hopes, predictions, and worries for the 21st century and beyond. This latest entry from Martin Rees is a fine survey of several of these ideas written with his customary elegance and eruditio...

    Although there were some really good parts in the book, but nothing is discussed in depth. Only superficial ideas. If you want a casual read, go for it ...

    Unoriginal -- all this information can be found in similar, better books, and Rees's nonstop use of unnecessary quotation marks nearly gave me a heart attack. Fire your editor, dude. ...

    I didn't feel that the way this book was marketed at all reflects its contents. It has no real unifying argument or point to make, but is just a collection of the author's brief thoughts on various subjects. Sadly he never really spends long enough on any one topic to say anything inte...

    This book covered so many things: AI, space travel, climate change, biotech, and more. I loved how this book gave such a wide-ranging overview that I (a non-scientist) could easily grasp. ...

    Astrophysicist and former President of the Royal Society, Martin Rees discusses his concerns and predictions for the future of humanity. He is concerned with a nuclear apocalypse, climate change, and an extinction-level asteroid impact. He also predicts our future in the cosmos if we d...

    I recently saw Martin Rees speak in Chicago and bought this book. It reads very much in the same way Rees speaks - bright, sparkly, optimistic, but also direct and opinionated about the dire challenges our world faces. An astronomer by trade and training, he is adept at addressing a wi...

    A lot of very practical ideas that have little likelihood of ever happening because we evolved from scavenging pack oriented hominids, & our primitive social order still trumps all else. It's too bad, really. ...

  • Brian Mikołajczyk
    Nov 01, 2018

    The Bleakest of Expectations The substance of this book is scientific, namely the most important threats to human life on Earth and their elimination or mitigation. But Rees?s intention, of course, is political He understandably wants to contribute to the generation of a consensus...

    "A feature of science is that as the frontiers of our knowledge are extended, new mysteries, just beyond the frontiers, come into sharper focus." To be able to look into the future, one must see the present in its complex, chaotic, simultaneous varieties. With charm and clarity, Ma...

    When I was at school we had a great young history teacher who got everyone in the class to go out and buy a copy of Mao's Little Red Book. Some parents were decidedly unhappy, but it was a fascinating exercise, and though I found most of the contents impenetrable drivel, it was somethi...

    There have been a number of books written in the past decade by eminent scientists about their hopes, predictions, and worries for the 21st century and beyond. This latest entry from Martin Rees is a fine survey of several of these ideas written with his customary elegance and eruditio...

    Although there were some really good parts in the book, but nothing is discussed in depth. Only superficial ideas. If you want a casual read, go for it ...

    Unoriginal -- all this information can be found in similar, better books, and Rees's nonstop use of unnecessary quotation marks nearly gave me a heart attack. Fire your editor, dude. ...

    I didn't feel that the way this book was marketed at all reflects its contents. It has no real unifying argument or point to make, but is just a collection of the author's brief thoughts on various subjects. Sadly he never really spends long enough on any one topic to say anything inte...

    This book covered so many things: AI, space travel, climate change, biotech, and more. I loved how this book gave such a wide-ranging overview that I (a non-scientist) could easily grasp. ...

    Astrophysicist and former President of the Royal Society, Martin Rees discusses his concerns and predictions for the future of humanity. He is concerned with a nuclear apocalypse, climate change, and an extinction-level asteroid impact. He also predicts our future in the cosmos if we d...

  • Min
    Nov 05, 2018

    The Bleakest of Expectations The substance of this book is scientific, namely the most important threats to human life on Earth and their elimination or mitigation. But Rees?s intention, of course, is political He understandably wants to contribute to the generation of a consensus...

    "A feature of science is that as the frontiers of our knowledge are extended, new mysteries, just beyond the frontiers, come into sharper focus." To be able to look into the future, one must see the present in its complex, chaotic, simultaneous varieties. With charm and clarity, Ma...

    When I was at school we had a great young history teacher who got everyone in the class to go out and buy a copy of Mao's Little Red Book. Some parents were decidedly unhappy, but it was a fascinating exercise, and though I found most of the contents impenetrable drivel, it was somethi...

    There have been a number of books written in the past decade by eminent scientists about their hopes, predictions, and worries for the 21st century and beyond. This latest entry from Martin Rees is a fine survey of several of these ideas written with his customary elegance and eruditio...

    Although there were some really good parts in the book, but nothing is discussed in depth. Only superficial ideas. If you want a casual read, go for it ...

    Unoriginal -- all this information can be found in similar, better books, and Rees's nonstop use of unnecessary quotation marks nearly gave me a heart attack. Fire your editor, dude. ...

    I didn't feel that the way this book was marketed at all reflects its contents. It has no real unifying argument or point to make, but is just a collection of the author's brief thoughts on various subjects. Sadly he never really spends long enough on any one topic to say anything inte...

    This book covered so many things: AI, space travel, climate change, biotech, and more. I loved how this book gave such a wide-ranging overview that I (a non-scientist) could easily grasp. ...

    Astrophysicist and former President of the Royal Society, Martin Rees discusses his concerns and predictions for the future of humanity. He is concerned with a nuclear apocalypse, climate change, and an extinction-level asteroid impact. He also predicts our future in the cosmos if we d...

    I recently saw Martin Rees speak in Chicago and bought this book. It reads very much in the same way Rees speaks - bright, sparkly, optimistic, but also direct and opinionated about the dire challenges our world faces. An astronomer by trade and training, he is adept at addressing a wi...

    A lot of very practical ideas that have little likelihood of ever happening because we evolved from scavenging pack oriented hominids, & our primitive social order still trumps all else. It's too bad, really. ...

    One of the rare books where the impression is that of sitting at the knees of a wise elder thinker and learning form them resolutely, gently, and satisfactorily. Future: what it can bring, what are the constituents that will influence it, how to react to it, and how to interact with i...

    This was a 'wonderful' read. ...

    A techno realist makes his case for a more global, long term, ethical way of thinking (science) to solve humanities? mounting challenges. We should listen, and rethink our priorities as we focus on our future. ...

    Entertaining, nothing new here. ...

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  • Amy Stewart
    Apr 23, 2018

    The Bleakest of Expectations The substance of this book is scientific, namely the most important threats to human life on Earth and their elimination or mitigation. But Rees?s intention, of course, is political He understandably wants to contribute to the generation of a consensus...

    "A feature of science is that as the frontiers of our knowledge are extended, new mysteries, just beyond the frontiers, come into sharper focus." To be able to look into the future, one must see the present in its complex, chaotic, simultaneous varieties. With charm and clarity, Ma...

    When I was at school we had a great young history teacher who got everyone in the class to go out and buy a copy of Mao's Little Red Book. Some parents were decidedly unhappy, but it was a fascinating exercise, and though I found most of the contents impenetrable drivel, it was somethi...

    There have been a number of books written in the past decade by eminent scientists about their hopes, predictions, and worries for the 21st century and beyond. This latest entry from Martin Rees is a fine survey of several of these ideas written with his customary elegance and eruditio...

    Although there were some really good parts in the book, but nothing is discussed in depth. Only superficial ideas. If you want a casual read, go for it ...

    Unoriginal -- all this information can be found in similar, better books, and Rees's nonstop use of unnecessary quotation marks nearly gave me a heart attack. Fire your editor, dude. ...

    I didn't feel that the way this book was marketed at all reflects its contents. It has no real unifying argument or point to make, but is just a collection of the author's brief thoughts on various subjects. Sadly he never really spends long enough on any one topic to say anything inte...

    This book covered so many things: AI, space travel, climate change, biotech, and more. I loved how this book gave such a wide-ranging overview that I (a non-scientist) could easily grasp. ...

    Astrophysicist and former President of the Royal Society, Martin Rees discusses his concerns and predictions for the future of humanity. He is concerned with a nuclear apocalypse, climate change, and an extinction-level asteroid impact. He also predicts our future in the cosmos if we d...

    I recently saw Martin Rees speak in Chicago and bought this book. It reads very much in the same way Rees speaks - bright, sparkly, optimistic, but also direct and opinionated about the dire challenges our world faces. An astronomer by trade and training, he is adept at addressing a wi...

    A lot of very practical ideas that have little likelihood of ever happening because we evolved from scavenging pack oriented hominids, & our primitive social order still trumps all else. It's too bad, really. ...

    One of the rare books where the impression is that of sitting at the knees of a wise elder thinker and learning form them resolutely, gently, and satisfactorily. Future: what it can bring, what are the constituents that will influence it, how to react to it, and how to interact with i...

    This was a 'wonderful' read. ...

    A techno realist makes his case for a more global, long term, ethical way of thinking (science) to solve humanities? mounting challenges. We should listen, and rethink our priorities as we focus on our future. ...

    Entertaining, nothing new here. ...

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  • BlackOxford
    Nov 29, 2018

    The Bleakest of Expectations The substance of this book is scientific, namely the most important threats to human life on Earth and their elimination or mitigation. But Rees?s intention, of course, is political He understandably wants to contribute to the generation of a consensus...

  • Fedde
    Oct 22, 2018

    The Bleakest of Expectations The substance of this book is scientific, namely the most important threats to human life on Earth and their elimination or mitigation. But Rees?s intention, of course, is political He understandably wants to contribute to the generation of a consensus...

    "A feature of science is that as the frontiers of our knowledge are extended, new mysteries, just beyond the frontiers, come into sharper focus." To be able to look into the future, one must see the present in its complex, chaotic, simultaneous varieties. With charm and clarity, Ma...

    When I was at school we had a great young history teacher who got everyone in the class to go out and buy a copy of Mao's Little Red Book. Some parents were decidedly unhappy, but it was a fascinating exercise, and though I found most of the contents impenetrable drivel, it was somethi...

    There have been a number of books written in the past decade by eminent scientists about their hopes, predictions, and worries for the 21st century and beyond. This latest entry from Martin Rees is a fine survey of several of these ideas written with his customary elegance and eruditio...

    Although there were some really good parts in the book, but nothing is discussed in depth. Only superficial ideas. If you want a casual read, go for it ...

    Unoriginal -- all this information can be found in similar, better books, and Rees's nonstop use of unnecessary quotation marks nearly gave me a heart attack. Fire your editor, dude. ...

    I didn't feel that the way this book was marketed at all reflects its contents. It has no real unifying argument or point to make, but is just a collection of the author's brief thoughts on various subjects. Sadly he never really spends long enough on any one topic to say anything inte...

    This book covered so many things: AI, space travel, climate change, biotech, and more. I loved how this book gave such a wide-ranging overview that I (a non-scientist) could easily grasp. ...

    Astrophysicist and former President of the Royal Society, Martin Rees discusses his concerns and predictions for the future of humanity. He is concerned with a nuclear apocalypse, climate change, and an extinction-level asteroid impact. He also predicts our future in the cosmos if we d...

    I recently saw Martin Rees speak in Chicago and bought this book. It reads very much in the same way Rees speaks - bright, sparkly, optimistic, but also direct and opinionated about the dire challenges our world faces. An astronomer by trade and training, he is adept at addressing a wi...

    A lot of very practical ideas that have little likelihood of ever happening because we evolved from scavenging pack oriented hominids, & our primitive social order still trumps all else. It's too bad, really. ...

    One of the rare books where the impression is that of sitting at the knees of a wise elder thinker and learning form them resolutely, gently, and satisfactorily. Future: what it can bring, what are the constituents that will influence it, how to react to it, and how to interact with i...

    This was a 'wonderful' read. ...

    A techno realist makes his case for a more global, long term, ethical way of thinking (science) to solve humanities? mounting challenges. We should listen, and rethink our priorities as we focus on our future. ...

    Entertaining, nothing new here. ...

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  • Stephen Douglas Rowland
    Nov 08, 2018

    The Bleakest of Expectations The substance of this book is scientific, namely the most important threats to human life on Earth and their elimination or mitigation. But Rees?s intention, of course, is political He understandably wants to contribute to the generation of a consensus...

    "A feature of science is that as the frontiers of our knowledge are extended, new mysteries, just beyond the frontiers, come into sharper focus." To be able to look into the future, one must see the present in its complex, chaotic, simultaneous varieties. With charm and clarity, Ma...

    When I was at school we had a great young history teacher who got everyone in the class to go out and buy a copy of Mao's Little Red Book. Some parents were decidedly unhappy, but it was a fascinating exercise, and though I found most of the contents impenetrable drivel, it was somethi...

    There have been a number of books written in the past decade by eminent scientists about their hopes, predictions, and worries for the 21st century and beyond. This latest entry from Martin Rees is a fine survey of several of these ideas written with his customary elegance and eruditio...

    Although there were some really good parts in the book, but nothing is discussed in depth. Only superficial ideas. If you want a casual read, go for it ...

    Unoriginal -- all this information can be found in similar, better books, and Rees's nonstop use of unnecessary quotation marks nearly gave me a heart attack. Fire your editor, dude. ...

  • Ross Richey
    Nov 02, 2018

    The Bleakest of Expectations The substance of this book is scientific, namely the most important threats to human life on Earth and their elimination or mitigation. But Rees?s intention, of course, is political He understandably wants to contribute to the generation of a consensus...

    "A feature of science is that as the frontiers of our knowledge are extended, new mysteries, just beyond the frontiers, come into sharper focus." To be able to look into the future, one must see the present in its complex, chaotic, simultaneous varieties. With charm and clarity, Ma...

    When I was at school we had a great young history teacher who got everyone in the class to go out and buy a copy of Mao's Little Red Book. Some parents were decidedly unhappy, but it was a fascinating exercise, and though I found most of the contents impenetrable drivel, it was somethi...

    There have been a number of books written in the past decade by eminent scientists about their hopes, predictions, and worries for the 21st century and beyond. This latest entry from Martin Rees is a fine survey of several of these ideas written with his customary elegance and eruditio...

    Although there were some really good parts in the book, but nothing is discussed in depth. Only superficial ideas. If you want a casual read, go for it ...

    Unoriginal -- all this information can be found in similar, better books, and Rees's nonstop use of unnecessary quotation marks nearly gave me a heart attack. Fire your editor, dude. ...

    I didn't feel that the way this book was marketed at all reflects its contents. It has no real unifying argument or point to make, but is just a collection of the author's brief thoughts on various subjects. Sadly he never really spends long enough on any one topic to say anything inte...

    This book covered so many things: AI, space travel, climate change, biotech, and more. I loved how this book gave such a wide-ranging overview that I (a non-scientist) could easily grasp. ...

    Astrophysicist and former President of the Royal Society, Martin Rees discusses his concerns and predictions for the future of humanity. He is concerned with a nuclear apocalypse, climate change, and an extinction-level asteroid impact. He also predicts our future in the cosmos if we d...

    I recently saw Martin Rees speak in Chicago and bought this book. It reads very much in the same way Rees speaks - bright, sparkly, optimistic, but also direct and opinionated about the dire challenges our world faces. An astronomer by trade and training, he is adept at addressing a wi...

    A lot of very practical ideas that have little likelihood of ever happening because we evolved from scavenging pack oriented hominids, & our primitive social order still trumps all else. It's too bad, really. ...

    One of the rare books where the impression is that of sitting at the knees of a wise elder thinker and learning form them resolutely, gently, and satisfactorily. Future: what it can bring, what are the constituents that will influence it, how to react to it, and how to interact with i...

    This was a 'wonderful' read. ...

    A techno realist makes his case for a more global, long term, ethical way of thinking (science) to solve humanities? mounting challenges. We should listen, and rethink our priorities as we focus on our future. ...

    Entertaining, nothing new here. ...

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  • Vladimir Zuzukin
    Nov 27, 2018

    The Bleakest of Expectations The substance of this book is scientific, namely the most important threats to human life on Earth and their elimination or mitigation. But Rees?s intention, of course, is political He understandably wants to contribute to the generation of a consensus...

    "A feature of science is that as the frontiers of our knowledge are extended, new mysteries, just beyond the frontiers, come into sharper focus." To be able to look into the future, one must see the present in its complex, chaotic, simultaneous varieties. With charm and clarity, Ma...

    When I was at school we had a great young history teacher who got everyone in the class to go out and buy a copy of Mao's Little Red Book. Some parents were decidedly unhappy, but it was a fascinating exercise, and though I found most of the contents impenetrable drivel, it was somethi...

    There have been a number of books written in the past decade by eminent scientists about their hopes, predictions, and worries for the 21st century and beyond. This latest entry from Martin Rees is a fine survey of several of these ideas written with his customary elegance and eruditio...

    Although there were some really good parts in the book, but nothing is discussed in depth. Only superficial ideas. If you want a casual read, go for it ...

    Unoriginal -- all this information can be found in similar, better books, and Rees's nonstop use of unnecessary quotation marks nearly gave me a heart attack. Fire your editor, dude. ...

    I didn't feel that the way this book was marketed at all reflects its contents. It has no real unifying argument or point to make, but is just a collection of the author's brief thoughts on various subjects. Sadly he never really spends long enough on any one topic to say anything inte...

    This book covered so many things: AI, space travel, climate change, biotech, and more. I loved how this book gave such a wide-ranging overview that I (a non-scientist) could easily grasp. ...

    Astrophysicist and former President of the Royal Society, Martin Rees discusses his concerns and predictions for the future of humanity. He is concerned with a nuclear apocalypse, climate change, and an extinction-level asteroid impact. He also predicts our future in the cosmos if we d...

    I recently saw Martin Rees speak in Chicago and bought this book. It reads very much in the same way Rees speaks - bright, sparkly, optimistic, but also direct and opinionated about the dire challenges our world faces. An astronomer by trade and training, he is adept at addressing a wi...

    A lot of very practical ideas that have little likelihood of ever happening because we evolved from scavenging pack oriented hominids, & our primitive social order still trumps all else. It's too bad, really. ...

    One of the rare books where the impression is that of sitting at the knees of a wise elder thinker and learning form them resolutely, gently, and satisfactorily. Future: what it can bring, what are the constituents that will influence it, how to react to it, and how to interact with i...

    This was a 'wonderful' read. ...

    A techno realist makes his case for a more global, long term, ethical way of thinking (science) to solve humanities? mounting challenges. We should listen, and rethink our priorities as we focus on our future. ...

    Entertaining, nothing new here. ...

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  • Toby
    Dec 09, 2018

    The Bleakest of Expectations The substance of this book is scientific, namely the most important threats to human life on Earth and their elimination or mitigation. But Rees?s intention, of course, is political He understandably wants to contribute to the generation of a consensus...

    "A feature of science is that as the frontiers of our knowledge are extended, new mysteries, just beyond the frontiers, come into sharper focus." To be able to look into the future, one must see the present in its complex, chaotic, simultaneous varieties. With charm and clarity, Ma...

    When I was at school we had a great young history teacher who got everyone in the class to go out and buy a copy of Mao's Little Red Book. Some parents were decidedly unhappy, but it was a fascinating exercise, and though I found most of the contents impenetrable drivel, it was somethi...

    There have been a number of books written in the past decade by eminent scientists about their hopes, predictions, and worries for the 21st century and beyond. This latest entry from Martin Rees is a fine survey of several of these ideas written with his customary elegance and eruditio...

    Although there were some really good parts in the book, but nothing is discussed in depth. Only superficial ideas. If you want a casual read, go for it ...

    Unoriginal -- all this information can be found in similar, better books, and Rees's nonstop use of unnecessary quotation marks nearly gave me a heart attack. Fire your editor, dude. ...

    I didn't feel that the way this book was marketed at all reflects its contents. It has no real unifying argument or point to make, but is just a collection of the author's brief thoughts on various subjects. Sadly he never really spends long enough on any one topic to say anything inte...

    This book covered so many things: AI, space travel, climate change, biotech, and more. I loved how this book gave such a wide-ranging overview that I (a non-scientist) could easily grasp. ...

    Astrophysicist and former President of the Royal Society, Martin Rees discusses his concerns and predictions for the future of humanity. He is concerned with a nuclear apocalypse, climate change, and an extinction-level asteroid impact. He also predicts our future in the cosmos if we d...

    I recently saw Martin Rees speak in Chicago and bought this book. It reads very much in the same way Rees speaks - bright, sparkly, optimistic, but also direct and opinionated about the dire challenges our world faces. An astronomer by trade and training, he is adept at addressing a wi...

    A lot of very practical ideas that have little likelihood of ever happening because we evolved from scavenging pack oriented hominids, & our primitive social order still trumps all else. It's too bad, really. ...

    One of the rare books where the impression is that of sitting at the knees of a wise elder thinker and learning form them resolutely, gently, and satisfactorily. Future: what it can bring, what are the constituents that will influence it, how to react to it, and how to interact with i...

    This was a 'wonderful' read. ...

    A techno realist makes his case for a more global, long term, ethical way of thinking (science) to solve humanities? mounting challenges. We should listen, and rethink our priorities as we focus on our future. ...

    Entertaining, nothing new here. ...

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  • Lisa
    Oct 13, 2018

    The Bleakest of Expectations The substance of this book is scientific, namely the most important threats to human life on Earth and their elimination or mitigation. But Rees?s intention, of course, is political He understandably wants to contribute to the generation of a consensus...

    "A feature of science is that as the frontiers of our knowledge are extended, new mysteries, just beyond the frontiers, come into sharper focus." To be able to look into the future, one must see the present in its complex, chaotic, simultaneous varieties. With charm and clarity, Ma...

  • Mathilde Kallekleiv Vedøy
    Nov 07, 2018

    The Bleakest of Expectations The substance of this book is scientific, namely the most important threats to human life on Earth and their elimination or mitigation. But Rees?s intention, of course, is political He understandably wants to contribute to the generation of a consensus...

    "A feature of science is that as the frontiers of our knowledge are extended, new mysteries, just beyond the frontiers, come into sharper focus." To be able to look into the future, one must see the present in its complex, chaotic, simultaneous varieties. With charm and clarity, Ma...

    When I was at school we had a great young history teacher who got everyone in the class to go out and buy a copy of Mao's Little Red Book. Some parents were decidedly unhappy, but it was a fascinating exercise, and though I found most of the contents impenetrable drivel, it was somethi...

    There have been a number of books written in the past decade by eminent scientists about their hopes, predictions, and worries for the 21st century and beyond. This latest entry from Martin Rees is a fine survey of several of these ideas written with his customary elegance and eruditio...

    Although there were some really good parts in the book, but nothing is discussed in depth. Only superficial ideas. If you want a casual read, go for it ...

    Unoriginal -- all this information can be found in similar, better books, and Rees's nonstop use of unnecessary quotation marks nearly gave me a heart attack. Fire your editor, dude. ...

    I didn't feel that the way this book was marketed at all reflects its contents. It has no real unifying argument or point to make, but is just a collection of the author's brief thoughts on various subjects. Sadly he never really spends long enough on any one topic to say anything inte...

    This book covered so many things: AI, space travel, climate change, biotech, and more. I loved how this book gave such a wide-ranging overview that I (a non-scientist) could easily grasp. ...

    Astrophysicist and former President of the Royal Society, Martin Rees discusses his concerns and predictions for the future of humanity. He is concerned with a nuclear apocalypse, climate change, and an extinction-level asteroid impact. He also predicts our future in the cosmos if we d...

    I recently saw Martin Rees speak in Chicago and bought this book. It reads very much in the same way Rees speaks - bright, sparkly, optimistic, but also direct and opinionated about the dire challenges our world faces. An astronomer by trade and training, he is adept at addressing a wi...

    A lot of very practical ideas that have little likelihood of ever happening because we evolved from scavenging pack oriented hominids, & our primitive social order still trumps all else. It's too bad, really. ...

    One of the rare books where the impression is that of sitting at the knees of a wise elder thinker and learning form them resolutely, gently, and satisfactorily. Future: what it can bring, what are the constituents that will influence it, how to react to it, and how to interact with i...

    This was a 'wonderful' read. ...

  • Andy
    Nov 04, 2018

    The Bleakest of Expectations The substance of this book is scientific, namely the most important threats to human life on Earth and their elimination or mitigation. But Rees?s intention, of course, is political He understandably wants to contribute to the generation of a consensus...

    "A feature of science is that as the frontiers of our knowledge are extended, new mysteries, just beyond the frontiers, come into sharper focus." To be able to look into the future, one must see the present in its complex, chaotic, simultaneous varieties. With charm and clarity, Ma...

    When I was at school we had a great young history teacher who got everyone in the class to go out and buy a copy of Mao's Little Red Book. Some parents were decidedly unhappy, but it was a fascinating exercise, and though I found most of the contents impenetrable drivel, it was somethi...

    There have been a number of books written in the past decade by eminent scientists about their hopes, predictions, and worries for the 21st century and beyond. This latest entry from Martin Rees is a fine survey of several of these ideas written with his customary elegance and eruditio...

    Although there were some really good parts in the book, but nothing is discussed in depth. Only superficial ideas. If you want a casual read, go for it ...

    Unoriginal -- all this information can be found in similar, better books, and Rees's nonstop use of unnecessary quotation marks nearly gave me a heart attack. Fire your editor, dude. ...

    I didn't feel that the way this book was marketed at all reflects its contents. It has no real unifying argument or point to make, but is just a collection of the author's brief thoughts on various subjects. Sadly he never really spends long enough on any one topic to say anything inte...

  • Koohyar
    Nov 22, 2018

    The Bleakest of Expectations The substance of this book is scientific, namely the most important threats to human life on Earth and their elimination or mitigation. But Rees?s intention, of course, is political He understandably wants to contribute to the generation of a consensus...

    "A feature of science is that as the frontiers of our knowledge are extended, new mysteries, just beyond the frontiers, come into sharper focus." To be able to look into the future, one must see the present in its complex, chaotic, simultaneous varieties. With charm and clarity, Ma...

    When I was at school we had a great young history teacher who got everyone in the class to go out and buy a copy of Mao's Little Red Book. Some parents were decidedly unhappy, but it was a fascinating exercise, and though I found most of the contents impenetrable drivel, it was somethi...

    There have been a number of books written in the past decade by eminent scientists about their hopes, predictions, and worries for the 21st century and beyond. This latest entry from Martin Rees is a fine survey of several of these ideas written with his customary elegance and eruditio...

    Although there were some really good parts in the book, but nothing is discussed in depth. Only superficial ideas. If you want a casual read, go for it ...

  • Pete
    Nov 23, 2018

    The Bleakest of Expectations The substance of this book is scientific, namely the most important threats to human life on Earth and their elimination or mitigation. But Rees?s intention, of course, is political He understandably wants to contribute to the generation of a consensus...

    "A feature of science is that as the frontiers of our knowledge are extended, new mysteries, just beyond the frontiers, come into sharper focus." To be able to look into the future, one must see the present in its complex, chaotic, simultaneous varieties. With charm and clarity, Ma...

    When I was at school we had a great young history teacher who got everyone in the class to go out and buy a copy of Mao's Little Red Book. Some parents were decidedly unhappy, but it was a fascinating exercise, and though I found most of the contents impenetrable drivel, it was somethi...

    There have been a number of books written in the past decade by eminent scientists about their hopes, predictions, and worries for the 21st century and beyond. This latest entry from Martin Rees is a fine survey of several of these ideas written with his customary elegance and eruditio...

    Although there were some really good parts in the book, but nothing is discussed in depth. Only superficial ideas. If you want a casual read, go for it ...

    Unoriginal -- all this information can be found in similar, better books, and Rees's nonstop use of unnecessary quotation marks nearly gave me a heart attack. Fire your editor, dude. ...

    I didn't feel that the way this book was marketed at all reflects its contents. It has no real unifying argument or point to make, but is just a collection of the author's brief thoughts on various subjects. Sadly he never really spends long enough on any one topic to say anything inte...

    This book covered so many things: AI, space travel, climate change, biotech, and more. I loved how this book gave such a wide-ranging overview that I (a non-scientist) could easily grasp. ...

    Astrophysicist and former President of the Royal Society, Martin Rees discusses his concerns and predictions for the future of humanity. He is concerned with a nuclear apocalypse, climate change, and an extinction-level asteroid impact. He also predicts our future in the cosmos if we d...

    I recently saw Martin Rees speak in Chicago and bought this book. It reads very much in the same way Rees speaks - bright, sparkly, optimistic, but also direct and opinionated about the dire challenges our world faces. An astronomer by trade and training, he is adept at addressing a wi...

    A lot of very practical ideas that have little likelihood of ever happening because we evolved from scavenging pack oriented hominids, & our primitive social order still trumps all else. It's too bad, really. ...

    One of the rare books where the impression is that of sitting at the knees of a wise elder thinker and learning form them resolutely, gently, and satisfactorily. Future: what it can bring, what are the constituents that will influence it, how to react to it, and how to interact with i...

    This was a 'wonderful' read. ...

    A techno realist makes his case for a more global, long term, ethical way of thinking (science) to solve humanities? mounting challenges. We should listen, and rethink our priorities as we focus on our future. ...

    Entertaining, nothing new here. ...

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  • Jerry Wall
    Oct 20, 2018

    The Bleakest of Expectations The substance of this book is scientific, namely the most important threats to human life on Earth and their elimination or mitigation. But Rees?s intention, of course, is political He understandably wants to contribute to the generation of a consensus...

    "A feature of science is that as the frontiers of our knowledge are extended, new mysteries, just beyond the frontiers, come into sharper focus." To be able to look into the future, one must see the present in its complex, chaotic, simultaneous varieties. With charm and clarity, Ma...

    When I was at school we had a great young history teacher who got everyone in the class to go out and buy a copy of Mao's Little Red Book. Some parents were decidedly unhappy, but it was a fascinating exercise, and though I found most of the contents impenetrable drivel, it was somethi...

    There have been a number of books written in the past decade by eminent scientists about their hopes, predictions, and worries for the 21st century and beyond. This latest entry from Martin Rees is a fine survey of several of these ideas written with his customary elegance and eruditio...

    Although there were some really good parts in the book, but nothing is discussed in depth. Only superficial ideas. If you want a casual read, go for it ...

    Unoriginal -- all this information can be found in similar, better books, and Rees's nonstop use of unnecessary quotation marks nearly gave me a heart attack. Fire your editor, dude. ...

    I didn't feel that the way this book was marketed at all reflects its contents. It has no real unifying argument or point to make, but is just a collection of the author's brief thoughts on various subjects. Sadly he never really spends long enough on any one topic to say anything inte...

    This book covered so many things: AI, space travel, climate change, biotech, and more. I loved how this book gave such a wide-ranging overview that I (a non-scientist) could easily grasp. ...

    Astrophysicist and former President of the Royal Society, Martin Rees discusses his concerns and predictions for the future of humanity. He is concerned with a nuclear apocalypse, climate change, and an extinction-level asteroid impact. He also predicts our future in the cosmos if we d...

    I recently saw Martin Rees speak in Chicago and bought this book. It reads very much in the same way Rees speaks - bright, sparkly, optimistic, but also direct and opinionated about the dire challenges our world faces. An astronomer by trade and training, he is adept at addressing a wi...

    A lot of very practical ideas that have little likelihood of ever happening because we evolved from scavenging pack oriented hominids, & our primitive social order still trumps all else. It's too bad, really. ...

    One of the rare books where the impression is that of sitting at the knees of a wise elder thinker and learning form them resolutely, gently, and satisfactorily. Future: what it can bring, what are the constituents that will influence it, how to react to it, and how to interact with i...

  • Lorna Simes
    Dec 06, 2018

    The Bleakest of Expectations The substance of this book is scientific, namely the most important threats to human life on Earth and their elimination or mitigation. But Rees?s intention, of course, is political He understandably wants to contribute to the generation of a consensus...

    "A feature of science is that as the frontiers of our knowledge are extended, new mysteries, just beyond the frontiers, come into sharper focus." To be able to look into the future, one must see the present in its complex, chaotic, simultaneous varieties. With charm and clarity, Ma...

    When I was at school we had a great young history teacher who got everyone in the class to go out and buy a copy of Mao's Little Red Book. Some parents were decidedly unhappy, but it was a fascinating exercise, and though I found most of the contents impenetrable drivel, it was somethi...

    There have been a number of books written in the past decade by eminent scientists about their hopes, predictions, and worries for the 21st century and beyond. This latest entry from Martin Rees is a fine survey of several of these ideas written with his customary elegance and eruditio...

    Although there were some really good parts in the book, but nothing is discussed in depth. Only superficial ideas. If you want a casual read, go for it ...

    Unoriginal -- all this information can be found in similar, better books, and Rees's nonstop use of unnecessary quotation marks nearly gave me a heart attack. Fire your editor, dude. ...

    I didn't feel that the way this book was marketed at all reflects its contents. It has no real unifying argument or point to make, but is just a collection of the author's brief thoughts on various subjects. Sadly he never really spends long enough on any one topic to say anything inte...

    This book covered so many things: AI, space travel, climate change, biotech, and more. I loved how this book gave such a wide-ranging overview that I (a non-scientist) could easily grasp. ...

    Astrophysicist and former President of the Royal Society, Martin Rees discusses his concerns and predictions for the future of humanity. He is concerned with a nuclear apocalypse, climate change, and an extinction-level asteroid impact. He also predicts our future in the cosmos if we d...

    I recently saw Martin Rees speak in Chicago and bought this book. It reads very much in the same way Rees speaks - bright, sparkly, optimistic, but also direct and opinionated about the dire challenges our world faces. An astronomer by trade and training, he is adept at addressing a wi...

    A lot of very practical ideas that have little likelihood of ever happening because we evolved from scavenging pack oriented hominids, & our primitive social order still trumps all else. It's too bad, really. ...

    One of the rare books where the impression is that of sitting at the knees of a wise elder thinker and learning form them resolutely, gently, and satisfactorily. Future: what it can bring, what are the constituents that will influence it, how to react to it, and how to interact with i...

    This was a 'wonderful' read. ...

    A techno realist makes his case for a more global, long term, ethical way of thinking (science) to solve humanities? mounting challenges. We should listen, and rethink our priorities as we focus on our future. ...

    Entertaining, nothing new here. ...

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  • William Kramer
    Dec 02, 2018

    The Bleakest of Expectations The substance of this book is scientific, namely the most important threats to human life on Earth and their elimination or mitigation. But Rees?s intention, of course, is political He understandably wants to contribute to the generation of a consensus...

    "A feature of science is that as the frontiers of our knowledge are extended, new mysteries, just beyond the frontiers, come into sharper focus." To be able to look into the future, one must see the present in its complex, chaotic, simultaneous varieties. With charm and clarity, Ma...

    When I was at school we had a great young history teacher who got everyone in the class to go out and buy a copy of Mao's Little Red Book. Some parents were decidedly unhappy, but it was a fascinating exercise, and though I found most of the contents impenetrable drivel, it was somethi...

    There have been a number of books written in the past decade by eminent scientists about their hopes, predictions, and worries for the 21st century and beyond. This latest entry from Martin Rees is a fine survey of several of these ideas written with his customary elegance and eruditio...

    Although there were some really good parts in the book, but nothing is discussed in depth. Only superficial ideas. If you want a casual read, go for it ...

    Unoriginal -- all this information can be found in similar, better books, and Rees's nonstop use of unnecessary quotation marks nearly gave me a heart attack. Fire your editor, dude. ...

    I didn't feel that the way this book was marketed at all reflects its contents. It has no real unifying argument or point to make, but is just a collection of the author's brief thoughts on various subjects. Sadly he never really spends long enough on any one topic to say anything inte...

    This book covered so many things: AI, space travel, climate change, biotech, and more. I loved how this book gave such a wide-ranging overview that I (a non-scientist) could easily grasp. ...

    Astrophysicist and former President of the Royal Society, Martin Rees discusses his concerns and predictions for the future of humanity. He is concerned with a nuclear apocalypse, climate change, and an extinction-level asteroid impact. He also predicts our future in the cosmos if we d...

    I recently saw Martin Rees speak in Chicago and bought this book. It reads very much in the same way Rees speaks - bright, sparkly, optimistic, but also direct and opinionated about the dire challenges our world faces. An astronomer by trade and training, he is adept at addressing a wi...

    A lot of very practical ideas that have little likelihood of ever happening because we evolved from scavenging pack oriented hominids, & our primitive social order still trumps all else. It's too bad, really. ...

    One of the rare books where the impression is that of sitting at the knees of a wise elder thinker and learning form them resolutely, gently, and satisfactorily. Future: what it can bring, what are the constituents that will influence it, how to react to it, and how to interact with i...

    This was a 'wonderful' read. ...

    A techno realist makes his case for a more global, long term, ethical way of thinking (science) to solve humanities? mounting challenges. We should listen, and rethink our priorities as we focus on our future. ...

    Entertaining, nothing new here. ...

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  • Carsten
    Oct 06, 2018

    The Bleakest of Expectations The substance of this book is scientific, namely the most important threats to human life on Earth and their elimination or mitigation. But Rees?s intention, of course, is political He understandably wants to contribute to the generation of a consensus...

    "A feature of science is that as the frontiers of our knowledge are extended, new mysteries, just beyond the frontiers, come into sharper focus." To be able to look into the future, one must see the present in its complex, chaotic, simultaneous varieties. With charm and clarity, Ma...

    When I was at school we had a great young history teacher who got everyone in the class to go out and buy a copy of Mao's Little Red Book. Some parents were decidedly unhappy, but it was a fascinating exercise, and though I found most of the contents impenetrable drivel, it was somethi...

    There have been a number of books written in the past decade by eminent scientists about their hopes, predictions, and worries for the 21st century and beyond. This latest entry from Martin Rees is a fine survey of several of these ideas written with his customary elegance and eruditio...

    Although there were some really good parts in the book, but nothing is discussed in depth. Only superficial ideas. If you want a casual read, go for it ...

    Unoriginal -- all this information can be found in similar, better books, and Rees's nonstop use of unnecessary quotation marks nearly gave me a heart attack. Fire your editor, dude. ...

    I didn't feel that the way this book was marketed at all reflects its contents. It has no real unifying argument or point to make, but is just a collection of the author's brief thoughts on various subjects. Sadly he never really spends long enough on any one topic to say anything inte...

    This book covered so many things: AI, space travel, climate change, biotech, and more. I loved how this book gave such a wide-ranging overview that I (a non-scientist) could easily grasp. ...

    Astrophysicist and former President of the Royal Society, Martin Rees discusses his concerns and predictions for the future of humanity. He is concerned with a nuclear apocalypse, climate change, and an extinction-level asteroid impact. He also predicts our future in the cosmos if we d...

    I recently saw Martin Rees speak in Chicago and bought this book. It reads very much in the same way Rees speaks - bright, sparkly, optimistic, but also direct and opinionated about the dire challenges our world faces. An astronomer by trade and training, he is adept at addressing a wi...

    A lot of very practical ideas that have little likelihood of ever happening because we evolved from scavenging pack oriented hominids, & our primitive social order still trumps all else. It's too bad, really. ...

    One of the rare books where the impression is that of sitting at the knees of a wise elder thinker and learning form them resolutely, gently, and satisfactorily. Future: what it can bring, what are the constituents that will influence it, how to react to it, and how to interact with i...

    This was a 'wonderful' read. ...

    A techno realist makes his case for a more global, long term, ethical way of thinking (science) to solve humanities? mounting challenges. We should listen, and rethink our priorities as we focus on our future. ...

    Entertaining, nothing new here. ...

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  • Michael C. Baker
    Dec 07, 2018

    The Bleakest of Expectations The substance of this book is scientific, namely the most important threats to human life on Earth and their elimination or mitigation. But Rees?s intention, of course, is political He understandably wants to contribute to the generation of a consensus...

    "A feature of science is that as the frontiers of our knowledge are extended, new mysteries, just beyond the frontiers, come into sharper focus." To be able to look into the future, one must see the present in its complex, chaotic, simultaneous varieties. With charm and clarity, Ma...

    When I was at school we had a great young history teacher who got everyone in the class to go out and buy a copy of Mao's Little Red Book. Some parents were decidedly unhappy, but it was a fascinating exercise, and though I found most of the contents impenetrable drivel, it was somethi...

    There have been a number of books written in the past decade by eminent scientists about their hopes, predictions, and worries for the 21st century and beyond. This latest entry from Martin Rees is a fine survey of several of these ideas written with his customary elegance and eruditio...

    Although there were some really good parts in the book, but nothing is discussed in depth. Only superficial ideas. If you want a casual read, go for it ...

    Unoriginal -- all this information can be found in similar, better books, and Rees's nonstop use of unnecessary quotation marks nearly gave me a heart attack. Fire your editor, dude. ...

    I didn't feel that the way this book was marketed at all reflects its contents. It has no real unifying argument or point to make, but is just a collection of the author's brief thoughts on various subjects. Sadly he never really spends long enough on any one topic to say anything inte...

    This book covered so many things: AI, space travel, climate change, biotech, and more. I loved how this book gave such a wide-ranging overview that I (a non-scientist) could easily grasp. ...

    Astrophysicist and former President of the Royal Society, Martin Rees discusses his concerns and predictions for the future of humanity. He is concerned with a nuclear apocalypse, climate change, and an extinction-level asteroid impact. He also predicts our future in the cosmos if we d...

    I recently saw Martin Rees speak in Chicago and bought this book. It reads very much in the same way Rees speaks - bright, sparkly, optimistic, but also direct and opinionated about the dire challenges our world faces. An astronomer by trade and training, he is adept at addressing a wi...

    A lot of very practical ideas that have little likelihood of ever happening because we evolved from scavenging pack oriented hominids, & our primitive social order still trumps all else. It's too bad, really. ...

    One of the rare books where the impression is that of sitting at the knees of a wise elder thinker and learning form them resolutely, gently, and satisfactorily. Future: what it can bring, what are the constituents that will influence it, how to react to it, and how to interact with i...

    This was a 'wonderful' read. ...

    A techno realist makes his case for a more global, long term, ethical way of thinking (science) to solve humanities? mounting challenges. We should listen, and rethink our priorities as we focus on our future. ...

    Entertaining, nothing new here. ...

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