For a millennia, great thinkers have contemplated the meaning and purpose of human existence; but while most assumed that humanity was the end point of creation or the pinnacle of evolution, Ted Chu makes the provocative claim that the human race may in fact be a means rather than an end- that humankind will give rise to evolutionary successors. In the wide-ranging and authoritative work, Human Purpose and Transhuman Potential: A Cosmic Vision for Our Future Evolution ($26.95), Chu reexamines the question of human purpose in light of the extraordinary developments of science and technology. Chu surveys human wisdom from both East and West, traces the evolutionary trajectory that has led to this point, and explores the potentials emerging on the scientific frontier. This book addresses the legitimate fears and concerns of “playing God,” but embraces the possibility of transcending biological forms and becoming or creating entirely new life-forms.
Formerly the chief economist at General Motors, Ted Chu was also chief economist for Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, the Middle East's largest sovereign wealth fund. Born and raised in China, Chu graduated from Fudan University in Shanghai, and earned his PhD in economics at Georgetown University. He is currently professor of economics at New York University at Abu Dhabi, while also conducting independent research on humanity's place in the universe.