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As we approach a great turning point in history when technology is poised to redefine what it means to be human, The Fourth Age offers fascinating insight into AI, robotics, and their extraordinary implications for our species.

In The Fourth Age, Byron Reese makes the case that technology has reshaped humanity just three times in history:

  • 100,000 years ago, we harnessed fire, which led to language.
  • 10,000 years ago, we developed agriculture, which led to cities and warfare.
  • 5,000 years ago, we invented the wheel and writing, which lead to the nation state.

  • We are now on the doorstep of a fourth change brought about by two technologies: AI and robotics. The Fourth Age provides extraordinary background information on how we got to this point, and howrather than whatwe should think about the topics we’ll soon all be facing: machine consciousness, automation, employment, creative computers, radical life extension, artificial life, AI ethics, the future of warfare, superintelligence, and the implications of extreme prosperity.

    By asking questions like Are you a machine? and Could a computer feel anything?, Reese leads you through a discussion along the cutting edge in robotics and AI, and, provides a framework by which we can all understand, discuss, and act on the issues of the Fourth Age, and how they’ll transform humanity.
    Commonly symbolized by the Fibonacci sequence, the Golden Number, or Phi, is the geometric ratio 1.618. Matila Ghyka’s classic reveals how understanding of the divine proportion is seen as a portal to discovering the hidden harmonies of the cosmos. In this collection of previously unpublished writings, Henry Corbin, one of the most important French philosophers and orientalists of the 20th century, examines the work of Carl Jung in relationship to the deep spiritual traditions of Eastern religion, the esoteric wisdom teachings of the Gnostic Sophia, the transformational symbolism of alchemy, and Sufi mysticism.
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    Publisher Marketing: Here is a satisfying vision of spirituality fully grown. Its approach to understanding self and world is necessarily as broad and deep as life itself.

    Contributor Bio: Anthony Damiani:
    Damiani founded Wisdoms Goldenrod Center for Philosophic Studies in Valois.

    What do the whimsical writings of Dr. Seuss have in common with near-death experiences?

    The answer is that nonsense writing and spiritual experiences seem to defy all logic and yet they both can make a powerful personal impact. In this book, New York Times bestselling author Dr. Raymond Moody shares the groundbreaking results of five decades of research into the philosophy of nonsense, revealing dynamic new perspectives on language, logic, and the mystical side of life.

    Explore the meaningful feelings that accompany nonsense language and learn how engaging with nonsense can help you on your own spiritual path. Discover how nonsense transcends classical logic, opening the doorway to new spiritual and philosophical breakthroughs. With dozens of examples from literature, comedy, music, and the history of religion, this book presents a unique new approach to the mysteries of the human spirit.
    Legendary novelist, poet, and essayist Margaret Atwood delivers a surprising look at the topic of debt a subject that continues to be timely during this current period of economic upheaval. In her intelligent and imaginative approach to the subject, Atwood proposes that debt is like air something we take for granted and never think about until things go wrong.

    This is not a book about practical debt management or high finance, although it does touch upon those subjects. Rather, it goes far deeper into an investigation of debt as a very old, very central motif in religion, literature, and the structure of human societies. By looking at how debt has informed our thinking from preliterate times to the present day, through the stories we tell to our concepts of revenge and sin to the way we structure our social relationships, Atwood shows that this idea of what we owe in other words, debt is possibly built into the human imagination as one of its most dynamic metaphors. In the final section, Atwood touches upon not only our current global financial situation, but also the concept of our debt to nature and how our ideas of ownership and debt must be changed if we are to find a new way to interact with our natural environment before it is too late.

    Contributor Bio: Timothy Smith:
    Smith is an award-winning Michigan community journalist and father of a micro-preemie daughter.

    Publisher Marketing: Shadows of Heaven traces the relations between the American poet-novelist Nathan Jean Toomer and the Armenian Greek savant and teacher Georgii Ivanovich Gurdjieff, from 1924 until Gurdjieffs death in 1949, as well as each mans relationship with Edith Annesley Taylor and her son Paul, the author of this book. Edith loved Toomer and bore Gurdjieffs daughter. Ediths son, who lived as a young child with his sister at Gurdjieffs Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man at Avon near Fountainebleau, was adopted into Toomers household in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, before studying with Gurdjieff in 1948 and 1949.

    Great Caesar’s Ghost!! A team of Brainiacs! Superheroes and Philosophy is Kryptonite for those supervillains who diss the heroes as lightweights! Riddle me this, Batman: How are Gotham City and Metropolis like ancient Athens and modern Paris? Read this sensational book and find out!

    J.L.A. Garcia, author of The Heart of Racism

    Finallysomeone’s treating comic books with the gravity they deserve. If, as Socrates said, the unexamined life is not worth living, then make your life mean something by reading Superheroes and Philosophy.

    Kevin Smith, maker of films Clerks and Chasing Amy

    The life of the mind meets the life of the eye! The muscles, the luscious flesh, the dark yet vibrant colors, the sadness mixed with exaltation, the traumatized heroesit’s all here, with a philosophical spark.

    David O’Connor, University of Notre Dame

    You’ll believe that a philosopher can fly!

    Tim Chappell, author of The Inescapable Self

    A thorough examination of the messages and ideas that lie behind the colorful costumes and stylized insignias of contemporary comic-book superheroes.

    Tom Brevoort, Marvel Editor and comic-book know-it-all

    Unmasked! Superheroes in the ivory tower! Astonishing revelations!

    Scott MacDonald, Cornell University

    With comic-book heroes now more popular than ever, Superheroes and Philosophy could not be more timely. Read this book and find out what philosophical puzzles lurk beneath the surface of the stories that continue to shape the imagination of large numbers of Americans.

    Thomas S. Hibbs, author of Virtue’s Splendor

    This is the best book on the superheroes ever written! Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, Daredevil, the Fantastic Four, everyoneall our deepest secrets are revealed! Wait. Somebody’s gonna pay for this! Maybe you!

    The Maroon Avenger, somewhere on the East Coast

    Tom Morris is the former Notre Dame philosophy professor whose classes became a campus legend, and whose nationwide speaking engagements have electrified the boardrooms of corporate America. His best-selling popular philosophy books include If Aristotle Ran General Motors and Philosophy for Dummies. Filmmaker and comics aficionado Matt Morris is a survivor of Harvard and UNCChapel Hill.