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Center for Science Writings Director Horgan Featured in Wall Street Journal and IEEE Spectrum
John Horgan, Director of the Center for Science Writings at Stevens Institute of Technology, recently published articles in The Wall Street Journal and IEEE Spectrum, on how science and technology will shape the future.
In his Wall Street Journal article, Horgan reviews the new book, Year Million: Science at the Far Edge of Knowledge, edited by Australian science writer Damien Broderick. The book contains essay by 14 writers from all backgrounds contemplating the world and our species a million years from now. Although some writers warn that our world may be wiped out by a number of threats, most feel that we will not only survive but will become unbelievably intelligent and alien compared to our present selves. Due to nanotechnology and medical research our descendents could live forever and have chips inside their heads allowing them to connect to the internet and communicate telepathically. Our descendents may even be able to change form at will.
Horgan questions whether our descendants with such fantastic intelligence would solve the world's problems, amuse themselves with past entertainments or simply grow bored. His review discusses all of these points of view with a scientific and amused outlook.
Horgan is also featured in the June issue of IEEE Spectrum, the flagship publication of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The issue explores an increasingly popular concept called the Singularity, which predicts that advances in computer science, nanotechnology and other fields will soon produce machine s with superhuman intelligence. Horgan's article, "The Consciousness Conundrum," argues that believers in the Singularity underestimate the complexity of the brain and mind.
Horgan is an award-winning science journalist whose articles have been selected for The Best American Science and Nature Writing in 2005, 2006 and 2007. A former senior writer at Scientific American, he has also written for publications including The New York Times, Time, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and New Scientist. His books include The End of Science, a bestseller, and Rational Mysticism. His awards include the 2005 Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellowship in Science and Religion; the American Psychiatric Association Certificate of Commendation for Outstanding Reporting on Psychiatric Issues (1997); the Science Journalism Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1992 and 1994); and the National Association of Science Writers Science-in-Society Award (1993).
To view John Horgan 's WSJ review and see an excerpt from the book visit http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121331769665370259.html?mod=googlenews_wsj. To read his Spectrum article visit http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/jun08/6280. To visit the Center for Science Writings Web site and read the blog, visit www.stevens.edu/csw.