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February 24, 2005

News & Opinion: Wired's Rave Awards - Book Category

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 4:47 PM – Filed under: Innovation & Creativity

In the March issue (now on newsstands), Wired Magazine announced their 2005 Rave Awards. The categories range from science to art to industrial design.

The winner in this year's book category is On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins. From Wired:

"A neuroscience manifesto might be the last thing you'd expect from the guy who conceived the PalmPilot PDA and the Treo smartphone. Between product launches, though, Hawkins has been studyingthe human neocortex for 25 years. "I was fearful that I might go to my grave and not communicate this stuff," he says. "The day I finished writing the book, I felt a huge relief. No matter what happens, the ideas are out there."

Hawkins' thoughts on thin-slicing in science:

"Intuition leads scientists astray every time," [Hawkins] says. "Your intuition about the nature of reality is very likely to be wrong. Instead, take careful look at what you know. The answer is hidden there."

Our reviewer Rob May wrote a review of On Intelligence at the beginning of January. He had similar thoughts on the impact this book will have.

Other nominees in the Rave Awards book category included:

The Pentagon's New Map by Thomas Barnett
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
O'Reilly Hacks Series by Rael Dornfest, Dale Dougherty, and Tim O'Reilly
The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki