“…thoughtful, far-ranging study of foresight…lively examples from Palaeolithic to modern times”
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“The authors of this exciting book argue vividly and convincingly that our ability to immerse ourselves mentally in past and future worlds is what makes us such a philosophizing, technologizing, and cogitating species. It’s a hot topic in cognitive neuroscience and a stroke of insight about what makes humans human.”
—Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of Rationality
“A fascinating perspective on what it means to be human, told with a clear voice and an expansive canvas. Sprinkled throughout the book are well-placed moments of deadpan humor to leaven the authoritative research.”
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“Stimulating […] sure to captivate popular science readers. Fans of Steven Pinker will want to check this out.”
—Publishers Weekly
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“Why is our ability to think ahead enormously greater than it is in other species? The Invention of Tomorrow provides a fascinating and authoritative look at one of humanity’s most important and least-explored powers.”
—Richard Wrangham, Ruth Moore Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University, and author of Catching Fire.
“A fascinating exploration of the power and potential of the human mind—and the importance of future thinking for the success of our species.”
—Tali Sharot, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, and author of The Influential Mind.
“Drawing on their own cutting-edge research, the authors break down the science of foresight, showing us where it comes from, how it works, and how it made our world..”
—The Next Big Idea Club Nomination
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“Meticulously researched, thought-provoking, and engrossing, and I highly recommend it…”
—Karolina Lempert, Psychology Today
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“Ambitiously stretching from ancient Greece to the present day, this history of foresight…dives into the myriad ways humans have attempted to predict the future.”
—The Globe and Mail
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“The Invention of Tomorrow” explores the transformative human power to envision the future and its evolutionary impact.”
—Undark Magazine
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“A fascinating and thoughtful new book on the extraordinary human capacity for mental time travel - and why we need it to help navigate our turbulent futures.”
—Roman Krznaric, Philosopher and author of The Good Ancestor.
“Beautifully written. I often re-read sections, not because I didn't understand what [they] wrote, but simply for the pleasure of reading [their] prose.”
—David Bjorklund, Professor of Psychology, Florida Atlantic University, and author of How Children Invented Humanity.
“A phenomenal book… brilliantly written, and providing a fresh perspective on cognition.”
—Nicole Barbaro, Bookmarked Reads.