11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2004
From a student perspective (ie. having to write weekly 2000 word essays pertaining to this book), I have to say my prof made a wonderful decision to choose this book. The topics were very up-to-date and thought provoking. It's nice to discuss the future of robots, cell phone radiation, and have current heated topics in class. I'm sick of hearing about the abortion, death penalty, right to bare arms topics. Students over used those discussions in high schoool. Basically, I give an A+ for the interesting topics.
The book is also setup in a very student friendly fashion. Topics are given a 1 page summary relating the pros and cons of 2 writers opinions before plunging into their papers. After the 2 opinions are presented, there is also a page for points to ponder afterward. These two features proved very handy when having to do class discussions over something you read a week before. Skimming for quick recall can be a good thing!
Although I wouldn't have bought this book if I didn't have to, I believe it is an excellent choice for profs to use in class.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2012
This book covers some major topics like Gentically modified food, electric cars and offers a pro/con on them from various academics, government etc. I needed it for a class, however, the material changes from year to year but it raises a lot of ethical and moral issues that we rarely consider.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2013
Normally, textbooks can be a bit of a droll when they are assigned as textbooks but in all fairness, I found this book to be rather interesting. It ranged across numerous topics involving sciences, innovations/dangers of technology and how society perceives them. It gives you two viewpoints from respected individuals, one is usually for the topic and the other is against it. The topics ranged from cancer induced by cellphones (aka radio waves), to environmental issues, and all the way to transhumanism. To be honest, it was a rather enjoyable read.