Book Review: Evil Genes (2007)

Why Rome fell, Hitler rose, Enron failed,
and my sister stole my mother’s boyfriend
by Dr. Barbara Oakley

Evil Genes, by Barbara OakleyWith a title like this, you just have to believe you’re in for a entertaining and informative read.  Moreover, you suspect the author, who is an Oakland University (Michigan) engineering professor—and was a good friend of my late brother Forrest, and is attending my small book discussion group on her work—with a colorful, enterprising past, will be followed by controversy on account of the ideas especially among her academic minions.  Barbara told me as much when we met for coffee a couple of weeks ago: “Although I’m in the engineering college, even with that I run into a strong wave of PC disapproval.”  (I’m paraphrasing.) Continue reading

Book Review: The Singularity is Near (2005)

When humans transcend biology
by Ray Kurzweil
Reviewed by Brian Wright

The Singularity is NearOriginal posting 11/28/2007

Speaking of watershed books of the life extension movement—that’s the comment I made about Engines of Creation, the previous book I reviewed—Ray Kurzweil’s magnum opus on the imminent promise of human-life enhancement technology has arrived.  Actually it arrived a couple of years ago, but it’s taken me a while to get around to reading it. Continue reading