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The Skeptics' Guide to the Future

By: Dr. Steven Novella,Bob Novella - contributor,Jay Novella - contributor
Narrated by: Dr. Steven Novella
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From the bestselling authors and hosts of "The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe," a high-tech roadmap of the future in their beloved voice, cracking open the follies of futurists past and how technology will profoundly change our world, redefining what it means to be human.

Our predictions of the future are a wild fantasy, inextricably linked to our present hopes and fears, biases and ignorance. Whether they be the outlandish leaps predicted in the 1920s, like multi-purpose utility belts with climate control capabilities and planes the size of luxury cruise ships, or the forecasts of the ‘60s, which didn’t anticipate the sexual revolution or women’s liberation, the path to the present is littered with failed predictions and incorrect estimations. The best we can do is try to absorb the lessons from futurism's checkered past, perhaps learning to do a little better.

In THE SKEPTICS' GUIDE TO THE FUTURE, Steven Novella and his co-authors build upon the work of futurists of the past by examining what they got right, what they got wrong, and how they came to those conclusions. By exploring the pitfalls of each era, they give their own speculations about the distant future, transformed by unbelievable technology ranging from genetic manipulation to artificial intelligence and quantum computing. Applying their trademark skepticism, they carefully extrapolate upon each scientific development, leaving no stone unturned as they lay out a vision for the future.

©2022 Dr. Steven Novella (P)2022 Grand Central Publishing

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Wonderful book.

I have been waiting for a new good futurist book based on science. This book is that, and informative of the latest (as of writing) technology that gives insight into what the future will hold. This is a must read book especially for the sci-fi nerds.

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A realistic and interesting look into the future.

This book changed my mind on more than one technology. It was was interesting to see why we are so bad at predicting it. As with skeptical thinking just because you know your pitfalls does not mean that you can completely avoid them. I liked the short stories of future lives. A book that will make you think and dream of the future.

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Great read, good work rogues

I loved this book, great work of balancing skepticism and speculation, especially enjoyed discussions of the fallacies of futurism.

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love the science

I really like the podcast these guys do. this book is a bit like the podcast, but a deeper dive into the details.

they highlighted several things that I had hoped for the future to be unlikely, but sneak others that are much more plausible.

I really appreciate the work these guys put into skepticism. It's helped me form a better worldview.

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Another fine production from the SGU!

Steven and his bros. are fine advocates for science and reason. I highly recommend this book.

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Great book and narration

I really enjoyed the Skeptic books and Dr Novella's other works. The Novellas are excellent writers and Dr Steven Novella is an engaging narrator. Impatiently waiting on more work to come out.

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fantastic!

Such a great listen! The content is really interesting, the approach to the topic is very original, and you come away knowing a lot more about current and future technology.

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Good overview

If you are into science, or more to the point, a listener to their podcast, there is not a lot of new material. The enjoyment of this book is in its organization and step back, realist approach to things that often seem very unrealistic (sometimes for good reason)

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Just finished the book.

Was an interesting and thought-provoking journey into possible futures of humanity; whatever that may end up being.

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Worth a second listen.

As realistic a look at the future as you're likely to find. A lot of sci-fi stuff simply isn't going to happen. but the stuff that will is beyond our imagination.

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