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A brand new book from the award winning SUNDAY TIMES journalist Brian Appleyard Simplicity has become a brand and a cult People want simple lives and simple solutions And now our technology wants us to be simpler to be 'machine readable' From telephone call trees that simplify us into a series of 'options' to social networks that reduce us to our purchases and preferences we are deluged with propaganda urging us to abandon our irreducibly complex selv. In lots of ways this is an interesting book as it looks at the links between art culture artificial intelligence humanity and the power of the mind In a series of chapters Appleyard looks at the promises of advertising that offer a solution to your complicated life To see how his brain works he undergoes a fMRI scan and analysis by the doctors he speaks to doctors who look at people with brain damage to see how they relate to normal people He meets with a series of influential people Bill Gates James Lovelock and Eric Schmidt all with the aim of finding out their view on where humanity is heading and how we interact in the modern worldAll interesting stuff but my main feeling was that the book didn t hang together as a complete work Maybe it would have worked better to have it split into sections and into separate essays

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The Brain Is Wider Than The Sky

Ues naturally complex creatures we are only ever at home in complexity Through art and literature we see ourselves in ways that machines never can He makes an impassioned plea for the voices of art to be heard before those of the technocrats Part memoir part reportage part cultural analysis THE BRAIN IS WIDER THAN THE SKY is a dire warning about what we may become and a lyrical evocation of what humans can be For the brain is indeed wider than the sky. This is a fascinating book whose multidisciplinary attack on scientific reductionism and technological determinism is subtle and well executed Appelyard is a perceptive cultural critic who seems as at home in the world of science and technology as in the world of art and literature His subject matter is timely A profound unease about all embracing technology is widespread and necessary to articulateMy only reservation is the lack of an overarching thesis The subtitle why simple solutions don t work in a complex world suggests one that does not really deliver Imposition of order and simplicity on nature comes via mathematics such as Euclidian geometry whose power in helping us solve everyday problems is beyond dispute In respect of the human world as opposed to the natural world the problems are certainly highly complex but it is not the degree of complexity that is the decisive factor Science has a strong record in solving elaborate problems that were previously thought intractable aided by the fact that nature appears to have regularity built in The interractions between people and the world they inhabit are not just complex but are of a fundamentally different kind to those between objects

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EsAt the same time scientists tell us we are 'simply' the products of evolution nothing than our genes Brain scanners have inspired neuroscientists to claim they are close to cracking the problem of the human mind 'Human euivalent' computers are being designed that we are told will do our thinking for us Humans are being simplified out of existenceIt is time says Bryan Appleyard to resist and to reclaim the full depth of human experience We are he arg. Fabulous And again fabulous A clarion call against the pitfalls of myopic break it down thinking Using examples from among others anthropology rice farming in Bali art David Hockney poetry Emily Dickinson mathematics Paul Wilmott Appleyard incessantly champions the ness that makes us human Complexity interiority originality imagination there is so much to being human that machines can neither replicate nor replace If you read one book before the end of 2011 make it this one


10 thoughts on “The Brain Is Wider Than The Sky

  1. says:

    I bought this book after becoming acuainted with the author's writing via Twitter His early morning tweets of news articles make terrific reading cutting across areas of education philosophy science religion technology and humour You get a sense of a genuine 'renaissance man' and that's very much the delivery of

  2. says:

    Appleyard has articulated and fleshed out exactly what I have been thinking about on a basic level for months As Appleyard states in the prologue This book is about in roughly this order neuroscience machines and art It is primarily a passionate response to our technology loving culture's over simplification of ourselves He doesn't condemn technology but he patiently spells out the dangers of being seduced by our simple gadgets a

  3. says:

    In lots of ways this is an interesting book as it looks at the links between art culture artificial intelligence humanity and the power of the mind In a series of chapters Appleyard looks at the promises of advertising that offer a solution to your complicated life To see how his brain works he undergoes a fMRI scan and analysis by the doctors he speaks to doctors who look at people with brain damage to see how they re

  4. says:

    It was a great book I had to stop reading and think about some of the ideas to open my mind to try to understand It is my first book by Appleyard and I found only one in my library But there is a great website with many of his articles and I plan to read a lot of his work Appleyard analyses the contemporary culture looks at modern

  5. says:

    As always this author takes the reader on a heady journey into exciting realms here how digital media affect our consciousness and sensibilty He touches on insight the two modern states on or off line the birth of cybernetics good to see Alan Turing staking get another claim to be the Newton of our age and othe

  6. says:

    Fabulous And again fabulous A clarion call against the pitfalls of myopic break it down thinking Using examples from among others anthropology rice farming in Bali art David Hockney poetry Emily Dickinson mathemat

  7. says:

    This is a fascinating book whose multidisciplinary attack on scientific reductionism and technological determinism is subtle and well executed Appelyard is a perceptive cultural critic who seems as at home in the world of science and technology as in the world of art and literature His subject matter is timely A profound unease abou

  8. says:

    Wonderfully warm and informed argument against the dangers of reductionism over simplification and technological utopianism The author is at home discussing the arts as he is the sciences makes for a well rounded and thoug

  9. says:

    A wrapping round a good few of his recent journalistic pieces In the end I'm not sure if there really was a thesis But a decent read

  10. says:

    Why scientism is so silly

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