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Ways of Being: Animals, Plants, Machines: The Search for a Planetary Intelligence

Ways of Being: Animals, Plants, Machines: The Search for a Planetary Intelligence

Author James Bridle
Publisher Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication Date 2022-06-21
Section New Hardcover - Nonfiction / Biology
Type New
Format Hardcover
ISBN 9780374601119

A brilliant, searching exploration of different kinds of intelligence—plant, animal, human, artificialand how they transform our understanding of humans' place in the cosmos.

What does it mean to be intelligent? Is it something unique to humans, or shared with other beings—beings of flesh, wood, stone, and silicon? The last few years have seen rapid advances in "artificial" intelligence. But rather than being just a friend or helpmate, AI increasingly appears as something stranger than we ever imagined, an alien invention that threatens to decenter and supplant us. At the same time, we’re only just becoming aware of the other intelligences that have been with us all along, even if we’ve failed to recognize or acknowledge them. These others—the animals, plants, and natural systems that surround us—are slowly revealing their complexity, agency, and knowledge, just as the technologies we’ve built to sustain ourselves are threatening to cause their extinction, and ours. What can we learn from them, and how can we change ourselves, our technologies, our societies, and our politics, to live better and more equitably with one another and the nonhuman world?

The artist and radical thinker James Bridle draws on biology and physics, computation, literature, art, and philosophy to answer these unsettling questions. Startling and bold, Ways of Being explores the fascinating, strange, and multitudinous forms of knowing, doing, and being that are becoming evident in the present, and which are essential for our survival.

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