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Artificial You: AI and the Future of Your Mind Audiobook

Artificial You: AI and the Future of Your Mind

Author: Susan Schneider Narrator: Kate Fenton Release Date: October 2019

A sober-minded philosophical exploration of what AI can and cannot achieve Humans may not be Earth's most intelligent beings for much longer: the world champions of chess, Go, and Jeopardy! are now all AIs. Given the rapid pace of progress in AI, many predict that it could advance to human-level intelligence within the next several decades. From there, it could quickly outpace human intelligence. What do these developments mean for the future of the mind? In Artificial You, Susan Schneider says that it is inevitable that AI will take intelligence in new directions, but urges that it is up to us to carve out a sensible path forward. As AI technology turns inward, reshaping the brain, as well as outward, potentially creating machine minds, it is crucial to beware. Homo sapiens, as mind designers, will be playing with 'tools' they do not understand how to use: the self, the mind, and consciousness. Schneider argues that an insufficient grasp of the nature of these entities could undermine the use of AI and brain enhancement technology, bringing about the demise or suffering of conscious beings. To flourish, we must grasp the philosophical issues lying beneath the algorithms. At the heart of her exploration is a sober-minded discussion of what AI can truly achieve: Can robots really be conscious? Can we merge with AI, as tech leaders like Elon Musk and Ray Kurzweil suggest? Is the mind just a program? Examining these thorny issues, Schneider proposes ways we can test for machine consciousness, questions whether consciousness is an unavoidable byproduct of sophisticated intelligence, and considers the overall dangers of creating machine minds.

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Why Trust Science? Audiobook

Why Trust Science?

Author: Naomi Oreskes Narrator: John Chancer, Kelly Burke, Kerry Shale, Nancy Crane, Richard Lyddon Release Date: October 2019

Why the social character of scientific knowledge makes it trustworthy Do doctors really know what they are talking about when they tell us vaccines are safe? Should we take climate experts at their word when they warn us about the perils of global warming? Why should we trust science when our own politicians don't? In this landmark book, Naomi Oreskes offers a bold and compelling defense of science, revealing why the social character of scientific knowledge is its greatest strength-and the greatest reason we can trust it. Tracing the history and philosophy of science from the late nineteenth century to today, Oreskes explains that, contrary to popular belief, there is no single scientific method. Rather, the trustworthiness of scientific claims derives from the social process by which they are rigorously vetted. This process is not perfect-nothing ever is when humans are involved-but she draws vital lessons from cases where scientists got it wrong. Oreskes shows how consensus is a crucial indicator of when a scientific matter has been settled, and when the knowledge produced is likely to be trustworthy. Based on the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Princeton University, this timely and provocative book features critical responses by climate experts Ottmar Edenhofer and Martin Kowarsch, political scientist Jon Krosnick, philosopher of science Marc Lange, and science historian Susan Lindee, as well as a foreword by political theorist Stephen Macedo.

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Essays 6: Of Consolation to Marcia Audiobook

Essays 6: Of Consolation to Marcia

Author: Seneca Narrator: Robin Homer Release Date: October 2019

Marcia actively mourned the death of her son Metilius for over three years. In Of Consolation to Marcia, Seneca attempts to convince her that the fate of her son, while tragic, should not have been a surprise. She knew many other mothers who had lost their sons; why should she expect her own son to survive her? The acknowledgement, even expectation, of the worst of all possible outcomes is a tenet of Seneca's Stoic philosophy. While Seneca sympathised with Marcia, he reminded her that 'we are born into a world of things which are all destined to die,' and that if she could accept that no one is guaranteed a just life (that is, one in which sons always outlive their mothers), she could finally end her mourning and live the rest of her life in peace Translation by Aubrey Stewart and produced by Vox Stoica Seneca's Essays Series: 1) Of providence - addressed to Lucilius 2) On the Firmness of the Wise Man - addressed to Serenus 3-5) Of Anger (Books 1-3) - addressed to his brother Novatus 6) Of Consolation - addressed to Marcia 7) Of a Happy Life - addressed to Gallio 8) Of Leisure - addressed to Serenus 9) Of Tranquillity of Mind - addressed to Serenus 10) On the Shortness of Life - addressed to Paulinus 11) Of Consolation - addressed to Polybius 12) Of Consolation - addressed to Helvia

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Essays 8: Of Leisure Audiobook

Essays 8: Of Leisure

Author: Seneca Narrator: Robin Homer Release Date: October 2019

Of Leisure only survives in a fragmentary state. The work concerns the rational use of spare time, whereby one can still actively aid humankind by engaging in wider questions about nature and the universe. The text begins mid-sentence, and ends rather abruptly. In the Codex Ambrosianus (the main source for Seneca's essays) it is simply tacked onto the end of De Vita Beata suggesting a scribe missed a page or two. The addressee has been erased but appears to have been seven letters long and is assumed to have been Seneca's friend Serenus. Seneca's Essays Series: 1. Of providence - addressed to Lucilius 2. On the Firmness of the Wise Man - addressed to Serenus 3.-5. Of Anger (Books 1-3) - addressed to his brother Novatus 6. Of Consolation - addressed to Marcia 7. Of a Happy Life - addressed to Gallio 8. Of Leisure - addressed to Serenus 9. Of Tranquillity of Mind - addressed to Serenus 10. On the Shortness of Life - addressed to Paulinus 11. Of Consolation - addressed to Polybius 12. Of Consolation - addressed to Helvia

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The Enchiridion of Epictetus Audiobook

The Enchiridion of Epictetus

Author: Arrian, Epictetus Narrator: Robin Homer Release Date: October 2019

The Enchiridion or Handbook of Epictetus is a short manual of Stoic ethical advice compiled by Arrian, a 2nd-century disciple of the Greek philosopher Epictetus. Although the content is mostly derived from the Discourses of Epictetus, it is not a summary of the Discourses but rather a compilation of practical precepts. Eschewing metaphysics, Arrian focuses his attention on Epictetus's work applying philosophy to daily life. The book is thus a manual to show the way to achieve mental freedom and happiness in all circumstances The Enchiridion appears to be a loosely-structured selection of maxims.[10] In his 6th-century Commentary, Simplicius divided the text into four distinct sections suggesting a graded approach to philosophy:[10] Chapters 1-21. What is up to us and not, and how to deal with external things. 1-2. What is up to us and not, and the consequences of choosing either. 3-14. How to deal with external things (reining the reader in from them). 15-21. How to use external things correctly and without disturbance. Chapters 22-28. Advice for intermediate students. 22-25. The problems faced by intermediate students. 26-28. Miscellania: the common conceptions, badness, and shame. Chapters 30-47. Technical advice for the discovery of appropriate actions (kath?konta). 30-33. Appropriate actions towards (a) other people, (b) God, (c) divination, (d) one's own self. 34-47. Miscellaneous precepts on justice (right actions). Chapters 48-53. Conclusions on the practice of precepts. 48. Final advice and his division of types of people. 49-52. The practice of precepts. 53. Quotations for memorisation.

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Humanist History Before Europe Audiobook

Humanist History Before Europe

Author: Chirag Patel & Rishabh Prasad Narrator: Chirag Patel Release Date: October 2019

Follow our most evolved philosophy from its first civilisation through to its 'birth' in the Enlightenment and rebirth today as wellness and spirituality Humanism is our oldest, most well developed spiritual philosophy. Follow humanism's development from ancient Persia, through India, China, the medieval Middle East and finally into its 'birth' in the modern era as a post-enlightenment philosophy.

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Lessons in Stoicism: What Ancient Philosophers Teach Us about How to Live Audiobook

Lessons in Stoicism: What Ancient Philosophers Teach Us about How to Live

Author: John Sellars Narrator: Rupert Farley Release Date: September 2019

Brought to you by Penguin. What aspects of your life do you really control? What do you do when you cannot guarantee that things will turn out in your favour? And what can Stoicism teach us about how to live together? In the past few years, Stoicism has been making a comeback. But what exactly did the Stoics believe? In Lessons in Stoicism, philosopher John Sellars weaves together the key ideas of the three great Roman Stoics - Seneca, Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius - with snapshots of their fascinating lives, to show us how their ideas can help us today. In vivid prose, Sellars shows how the works of these three Stoics have inspired readers ever since, speaking as they do to some of the perennial issues that face anyone trying to navigate their way through life. Their works, fundamentally, are about how to live - how to understand one's place in the world, how to cope when things don't go well, how to manage one's emotions and how to behave towards others. Consoling and inspiring, Lessons in Stoicism is a deeply thoughtful guide to the philosophy of a valuable life.

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A Decent Life: Morality for the Rest of Us Audiobook

A Decent Life: Morality for the Rest of Us

Author: Todd May Narrator: Keith Sellon-Wright Release Date: September 2019

In a world full of suffering and deprivation, it's easy to despair-and it's also easy to judge ourselves for not doing more. Even if we gave away everything we own and devoted ourselves to good works, it wouldn't solve all the world's problems. It would make them better, though. So is that what we have to do? Is anything less a moral failure? Can we lead a fundamentally decent life without taking such drastic steps? Todd May has answers. He's not the sort of philosopher who tells us we have to be model citizens who display perfect ethics in every decision we make. He's realistic: he understands that living up to ideals is a constant struggle. In A Decent Life, May leads readers through the traditional philosophical bases of a number of arguments about what ethics asks of us, then he develops a more reasonable and achievable way of thinking about them, one that shows us how we can use philosophical insights to participate in the complicated world around us. He explores how we should approach the many relationships in our lives-with friends, family, animals, people in need-through the use of a more forgiving, if no less fundamentally serious, moral compass. With humor, insight, and a lively and accessible style, May opens a discussion about how we can, realistically, lead the good life that we aspire to.

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Outgrowing God: A Beginner's Guide Audiobook

Outgrowing God: A Beginner's Guide

Author: Richard Dawkins Narrator: Richard Dawkins Release Date: September 2019

Brought to you by Penguin. Should we believe in God? In this new book, written for a new generation, the brilliant science writer and author of The God Delusion, explains why we shouldn't. Should we believe in God? Do we need God in order to explain the existence of the universe? Do we need God in order to be good? In twelve chapters that address some of the most profound questions human beings confront, Dawkins marshals science, philosophy and comparative religion to interrogate the hypocrisies of all the religious systems and explain to readers of all ages how life emerged without a Creator, how evolution works and how our world came into being. For anyone hoping to grapple with the meaning of life and what to believe, Outgrowing God is a challenging, thrilling and revelatory read. Includes a supplementary PDF.

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Nihilism Audiobook

Nihilism

Author: Nolen Gertz Narrator: Shaun Grindell Release Date: September 2019

When someone is labeled a nihilist, it's not usually meant as a compliment. Most of us associate nihilism with destructiveness and violence. Nihilism means, literally, 'an ideology of nothing.' Is nihilism, then, believing in nothing? Or is it the belief that life is nothing? Or the belief that the beliefs we have amount to nothing? If we can learn to recognize the many varieties of nihilism, Nolen Gertz writes, then we can learn to distinguish what is meaningful from what is meaningless. In this addition to the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Gertz traces the history of nihilism in Western philosophy from Socrates through Hannah Arendt and Jean-Paul Sartre. Although the term 'nihilism' was first used by Friedrich Jacobi to criticize the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, Gertz shows that the concept can illuminate the thinking of Socrates, Descartes, and others. It is Nietzsche, however, who is most associated with nihilism, and Gertz focuses on Nietzsche's thought. Gertz goes on to consider what is not nihilism-pessimism, cynicism, and apathy-and why; he explores theories of nihilism; he considers nihilism as a way of understanding aspects of everyday life; and he reflects on the future of nihilism. We need to understand nihilism not only from an individual perspective, Gertz tells us, but also from a political one.

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Essays 10: On the Shortness of Life Audiobook

Essays 10: On the Shortness of Life

Author: Seneca Narrator: Robin Homer Release Date: September 2019

On the Shortness of Life was written by Seneca around the year 49AD. He argues that we waste so much time because we do not properly value it. We expend great effort in protecting other valuables such as money and property, but because time appears intangible, we allow others to occupy it and take time away from us. Wise people, on the other hand, understand that time is the most valuable of all resources, and with effort can free themselves from external control to engage in meaningful introspection and create an intentional life. Seneca urges his readers to live in the present and adapt themselves to a purposeful life in agreement with Nature. Only by doing so, can one then truly unlock both past and future. The completeness of each present moment allows one's awareness to expand to the equal of that of the universe, and achieve true virtue and happiness. The statements which urge Paulinus to retire from public life are in notable contrast to Seneca's advice in his essay Of Tranquillity of Mind to seek public employments in order to render life attractive. However, in his related treatise, On Leisure, Seneca makes the point that there is no inconsistency and that one can serve the greater community in either or both roles Translation by John W Basore, produced by Vox Stoica Seneca's Essays Series: 1) Of providence - addressed to Lucilius 2) On the Firmness of the Wise Man - addressed to Serenus 3-5) Of Anger (Books 1-3) - addressed to his brother Novatus 6) Of Consolation - addressed to Marcia 7) Of a Happy Life - addressed to Gallio 8) Of Leisure - addressed to Serenus 9) Of Tranquillity of Mind - addressed to Serenus 10) On the Shortness of Life - addressed to Paulinus 11) Of Consolation - addressed to Polybius 12) Of Consolation - addressed to Helvia

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Philosophy: The Science of Critical Thinking and Reasoning from the Ages Audiobook

Philosophy: The Science of Critical Thinking and Reasoning from the Ages

Author: Ferdinand Jives Narrator: Alasdair Cunningham, Zach Loving Release Date: September 2019

This bundle contains the following titles: Thomas Aquinas: Powerful Quotes, Fun Facts, and Historical Background Erasmus: Theology and Political Views from a Dutch Philosopher David Hume: Understanding His Philosophical Works and Life Immanuel Kant: The Famous, Intellectual Philosopher from Germany Stoicism: Guide to the Art of Ancient Stoic Philosophy

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