Weaving together vivid storytelling and groundbreaking science, The Body Builders explores the current revolution in human augmentation, which is helping us to triumph over the limitations and constraints we have long accepted as an inevitable part of being human
For millennia, humans have tried—and often failed—to master nature and transcend our limits. But this has started to change. The new scientific frontier is the human body: the greatest engineers of our generation have turned their sights inward, and their work is beginning to revolutionize mankind.
In The Body Builders, Adam Piore takes us on a fascinating journey into the field of bioengineering—which can be used to reverse engineer, rebuild, and augment human beings—and paints a vivid portrait of the people at its center. Chronicling the ways new technology has retooled our physical expectations and mental processes, Piore visits people who have regrown parts of their fingers and legs in the wake of terrible traumas, tries on a muscle suit that allows him to lift ninety pounds with his fingertips, dips into the race to create “Viagra for the brain,” and shadows the doctors trying to give mute patients the ability to communicate telepathically.
As science continues to lay bare the mysteries of human performance, it is helping us to see—and exist—above our expectations. The Body Builders will take readers beyond the headlines and the hype to introduce them to the inner workings and the outer reaches of our bodies and minds, and explore how new developments are changing, and will forever change, what is possible for humankind.
Adam Piore is an award-winning journalist. A former editor and correspondent for Newsweek Magazine, his narrative features have appeared in Conde Nast Traveler, GQ, Nautilus, Discover Magazine, Mother Jones, Playboy, Scientific American, the Atavist, BusinessWeek, and many others.
Table of Contents
Part I Moving
Chapter 1 The Bionic Man Who Builds Bionic People: Replicating the Way We Move 13
Chapter 2 The Birth of BAMM-BAMM: Decoding the Genome and Rewriting It 53
Chapter 3 The Man with the Pixie Dust: Regenerative Medicine and the Quest to Regrow Limbs 95
Part II Sensing
Chapter 4 The Woman Who Can See with her Ears: Neuroplasticity and Learning Pills 137
Chapter 5 Soldiers with Spidey Sense: Intuition and Implicit Learning 179
Chapter 6 The Telepathy Technician: Decoding the Brain and Imagined Speech 219
Part III Thinking
Chapter 7 The Boy Who Remembers Everything: Viagra for the Brain 253
Chapter 8 The Surgeon Conducting the Symphony: DBS and the Power of Electricity 289
Chapter 9 Sudden Savants: Unleashing the inner Muse 313
The former editor of Mashable and cofounder of DominateFund examines the psychological phenomena that captivate
our attention—and how we can leverage them to draw and retain attention for our ideas, work, companies, and more.Whether you’re an artist or a salesperson, ...
Kari Byron—former host of the wildly popular, iconic cult classic MythBusters—shows how to crash test
your way through life, no lab coat required. Kari Byron’s story hasn’t been a straight line. She started out as a broke artist living in ...
An emotionally wrenching work of fiction about a health-care worker who tenders compassion and love
to victims of AIDS, by an author who strips her language of convention to lay bare the ferocious rituals of love and need.New York Times ...
Human beings were never born to read, writes Tufts University cognitive neuroscientist and child development
expert Maryanne Wolf. Reading is a human invention that reflects how the brain rearranges itself to learn something new. In this ambitious, provocative book, Wolf ...
Seed magazine brings together a unique collection of conversations between prominent scientists, artists, and other
thinkers, with dialogue designed to tear down the wall between science and society. In this one-of-a-kind-experiment, Science Is Culture offers insights from the Steven Pinker, ...
One man's passion for perfume leads him to explore one of the most intriguing scientific
mysteries: What makes one molecule smell of garlic while another smells of rose?In this witty, engrossing, and wildly original volume, author Luca Turin explores the ...
Award-winning science writer Seymour Simon's exploration of these very different trains and their uses, combined
with his characteristically eye-catching full-color photographs, captures the beauty and power of steam trains, diesel trains, electric trains, and more—all at work! This nonfiction picture ...
Trucks lift, dump, and carry things every day, everywhere. In the same vein as his
bestselling animal, physiological, and astronomy photo essays, award-winning author Simon explores and explains the child-friendly subjects of trucks. This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice ...