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The Synthetic Age by Christopher J. Preston

The Synthetic Age

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The Synthetic Age by Christopher J. Preston
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Feb 19, 2019 | ISBN 9780262537094

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Preston’s book is an excellent spur and contribution to this necessary debate….Highly recommended.—Environmental Values

The Synthetic Age succeeds quite brilliantly in its goals. In providing clear, engaging explanations, often with an effective use of humor, Preston offers non-specialist readers a useful understanding of technological advances that are often hidden behind paywalls or impenetrable thickets of jargon. Preston has made thoughtful choices in terms of his audience: his intended readers may appreciate the fluid readability and concise length of the text, while scientists may disagree with the simplifications or chafe at the lack of footnotes or other forms of citation through much of the book. Similarly, scholars in the environmental humanities may feel the disconnect between the text’s supposed neutrality and its unexamined biases. Ultimately, Preston’s position as a non-scientist is a strength and demonstrates the interdisciplinarity and democracy essential to consciously choosing a new age that reflects the best that our species has to offer.

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