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Novacene by James Lovelock


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Novacene by James Lovelock
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Nov 10, 2020 | ISBN 9780262539517

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A prophet who deserves every honour the human race can bestow.—Guardian

The greatest scientific thinker of our time.

Sunday Times

The scientist who changed our view of the Earth.


The most influential scientist and writer since Charles Darwin.

Irish Times

The visionary who gave the world Gaia theory.

Daily Telegraph

Novacene is the collected wisdom of an elder of our tribe which more than repays the short time it takes to read.

Financial Times

Are robots going to kill us all? They might if they feel like it, says the scientist James Lovelock in his new book. Or they might not. Look, it’s not very important. I have never read a jauntier book about artificial intelligence taking over the world.

The Times

Table Of Contents

part one
The Knowing Cosmos
1 We Are Alone 3
2 The Edge of Extinction 6
3 Learning to Think 14
4 Why We Are Here 23
5 The New Knowers 29
part two
The Age of Fire
6 Thomas Newcomen 33
7 A New Age 37
8 Acceleration 41
9 War 45
10 Cities 50
11 The World is Too Much With Us 54
12 The Heat Threat 57
13 Good or Bad? 67
14 A Shout of Joy 74
part three
Into the Novacene
15 AlphaGo 79
16 Engineering the New Age 81
17 The Bit 87
18 Beyond Human 90
19 Talking to the Spheres 96
20 All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace 104
21 Thinking Weapons 112
22 Our Place in Their World 118
23 The Conscious Cosmos 121

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