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Thriving with Microbes

The Unseen Intelligence Within and Around Us

From the remarkable minds of Sputnik Futures, this visually engaging exploration of the microbes that surround us and how these unseen powerhouses are shaping our future is perfect for readers of I Contain Multitudes and 10% Human.

Let’s face it, microbes rule the world! Bacteria, fungi, archaea, protozoa, algae, even viruses—these microorganisms may go unseen, but the impact they have on our lives is unmistakable. From panspermia (the bacteria dust from our galaxy) and the microbiomes of our homes and our environments, to emerging research on microbes’ role in our social emotions of love and empathy, and the realization that we are a superorganism, made up of trillions of bacteria that may be what makes us “human,” the authors take you through a fascinating revelation of how microbial populations play a crucial role in every aspect of our life.

Breakthroughs in our understanding of microbes are shaping the frontier of medicine and health, technology, environmentalism, wellness, architecture, and more. Microbes are talking to us, and we are learning to speak to them in turn. For example, did you know:
-That the mind and the gut talk to each other?
-That your personality may be shaped by your microbiome?
-That a lack of biodiversity can make you sick?
-That microbes can reverse climate change and reduce plastic waste?
-That our first microbes came from the universe, and we are taking our microorganisms back to space?

In Thriving with Microbes, the brilliant minds of Sputnik Futures reveal cutting-edge discoveries from biologists, doctors, ecologists, technologists, and thought leaders as they explore the vast network of microorganisms around and within us.

With expert voices, bold discoveries, and engaging visuals, this captivating addition to the Alice in Futureland® series is a must-read guide to the vibrant microbial world we inhabit, how it is shaping our individuality, and the miraculous future these microorganisms are showing us.

Sputnik Futures is a strategic futures consultancy that has provided strategic foresight consultation to cross-category multinational corporations for over twenty-six years. Sputnik has a public archive of original video interviews with global thought leaders, from Nobel Prize laureates to acclaimed innovators. They are the founders of Alice in Futureland®, a new media platform of books, podcasts, and events discovering the human potential at the intersection of art, science, technology, and culture.

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