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Read online Galatea 2.2.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Galatea 2.2 div After four novels and several years living abroad the fictional protagonist of i Galatea i Richard Powers returns to the United States as Humanist in Residence at the enormous Center for the Study of Advanced Sciences There he runs afoul of Philip Lentz an outspoken cognitive neurologist intent upon modeling the human brain by means of computer based neural networks Lentz involves Powers in an outlandish and irresistible project to train a neural net on a canonical list of Great Books Through repeated tutorials the device grows gradually more worldly until it demands to know its own name sex race and reason for exisiting div by Richard Powers

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Galatea 2.2
Title:Galatea 2.2
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Category:Fiction, Science fiction, Novels, American, Literature
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b FROM THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNING AUTHOR OF i THE ECHO MAKER i A PLAYFUL AND PROVOCATIVE NOVEL ABOUT THE DISCOVERY OF THE HAPPINESS GENE b br b b br b b br When Chicagoan Russell Stone finds himself teaching a Creative Nonfiction class he encounters a young Algerian woman with a disturbingly luminous presence Thassadit Amzwar s blissful exuberance both entrances and puzzles the melancholic Russell How can this refugee from perpetual terror be so happy Won t someone so open and alive come to serious harm Wondering how to protect her Russell researches her war torn country and skims through popular happiness manuals Might her condition be hyperthymia Hypomania Russell s amateur inquiries lead him to college counselor Candace Weld who also falls under Thassa s spell Dubbed Miss Generosity by her classmates Thassa s joyful personality comes to the attention of the notorious geneticist and advocate for genomic enhancement Thomas Kurton whose research leads him to announce the genotype for happiness br br Russell and Candace now lovers fail to protect Thassa from the growing media circus Thassa s congenital optimism is soon severely tested Devoured by the public as a living prophecy her genetic secret will transform both Russell and Kurton as well as the country at large br br What will happen to life when science identifies the genetic basis of happiness Who will own the patent Do we dare revise our own temperaments Funny fast and finally magical i Generosity i celebrates both science and the freed imagination In his most exuberant book yet Richard Powers asks us to consider the big questions facing humankind as we begin to rewrite our own existence, A national bestseller voted by em Time em as the novel of selected as one of the Best Books of by em Publishers Weekly em and nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award a magnificent story that probes the meaning of love science music and art by the brilliant author of em Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance em, In the spring of renowned photographer August Sander took a photograph of three young men on their way to a country dance This haunting image capturing the last moments of innocence on the brink of World War I provides the central focus of Powers s brilliant and compelling novel As the fate of the three farmers is chronicled two contemporary stories unfold The young narrator becomes obsessed with the photo while Peter Mays a computer writer in Boston discovers he has a personal link with it The three stories connect in a surprising way and provide the reader with a mystery that spans a century of brutality and progress, Jonah Joseph and Ruth are the children of mixed race parents determined to protect them from the grinding effects of race Hothouse children they are all musically talented but they cannot be protected from the world for long Jonah becomes a successful young tenor but the world of opera can only accept him as a brilliant Negro singer Joseph our narrator becomes a pianist and devotes his talents to the service of his brother s Ruth turns her back on classical music white music and disappears on the run with her black husband under suspicion of being a Black Panther br br Powers brilliantly and devastatingly delineates the tragedy of race in America as it unfolds from the Civil Rights movement to Rodney King and Louis Farrakhan through the lives and choices of one family caught on the cusp of identities