Free politics and current events Kindle books for 28 Mar 19

The Theory of Everybody

by Robert Fuller

The Theory of Everybody explores, in a variety of genres, the advent of robots that do everything we do as well or better. 

 Jennifer and God on Mount Palomar is a conversation between a young astrophysicist and God–as He faces retirement.
Genomes, Menomes, Wenomes: Neuroscience and Human Dignity traces the development of mechanistic models of the body and the mind.
When Robots Reign: Getting Along with Robo Sapiens is an interview with one of humanity’s new overlords, Robo Sapiens, who is more agreeable than we might expect.
The Epic of Gilbert Mesh is a retelling of Gilgamesh.6 Reasons You Can’t Win (and 3 Reasons You Can Anyway) is a “listicle” that enumerates the limitations of our concept of self and shows how reconceiving selfhood can change the game so everyone wins.
Interstellar Wormhole Tweets (How to Dodge Extinction) imagines how more advanced beings might help us navigate the transition from a predatory to a dignitarian civilization. 
The Moral Arc of History explains why Martin Luther King, Jr. was right when he said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
A New Age of Enlightenment proposes a sequel to the 18th century Age of Enlightenment.



The Mechanics of Modernity in Europe and East Asia: Institutional Origins of Social Change and Stagnation (Routledge Explorations in Economic History Book 29)

by Erik Ringmar

Why, from the eighteenth century onwards, did some countries embark on a path of sustained economic growth, while others stagnated? This text looks at the kind of institutions that are required in order for change to take place, and Ringmar concludes that for sustained development to be possible, change must be institutionalized. Taking a global view, Ringmar investigates the implications of his conclusion on issues facing the developing world today.



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