What Is Your Dangerous Idea? : Today's Leading Thinkers on the Unthinkable (2020)

What Is Your Dangerous Idea? : Today's Leading Thinkers on the Unthinkable John Brockman What Is Your Dangerous Idea Today s Leading Thinkers on the Unthinkable Edition of ISBN The world s leading scientific thinkers explore bold remarkable perilous ideas that could change our lives for better or for worse From Copernicus to Darwin to cu
  • Title: What Is Your Dangerous Idea? : Today's Leading Thinkers on the Unthinkable
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What Is Your Dangerous Idea? : Today's Leading Thinkers on the Unthinkable John Brockman 2014 Edition of ISBN 9780061214950The world s leading scientific thinkers explore bold, remarkable, perilous ideas that could change our lives for better or for worse .From Copernicus to Darwin, to current day thinkers, scientists have always promoted theories and unveiled discoveries that challenge everything society holds dear ideas with both positive and dire2014 Edition of ISBN 9780061214950The world s leading scientific thinkers explore bold, remarkable, perilous ideas that could change our lives for better or for worse .From Copernicus to Darwin, to current day thinkers, scientists have always promoted theories and unveiled discoveries that challenge everything society holds dear ideas with both positive and dire consequences Many thoughts that resonate today are dangerous not because they are assumed to be false, but because they might turn out to be true.What do the world s leading scientists and thinkers consider to be their most dangerous idea Through the leading online forum Edge edge , the call went out, and this compelling and easily digestible volume collects the answers From using medication to permanently alter our personalities to contemplating a universe in which we are utterly alone, to the idea that the universe might be fundamentally inexplicable, What Is Your Dangerous Idea takes an unflinching look at the daring, breathtaking, sometimes terrifying thoughts that could forever alter our world and the way we live in it.Contributors includeDaniel C Dennett Jared Diamond Brian Greene Matt Ridley Howard Gardner and Freeman Dyson, among others
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  1. Pamela

    This volume reprints material from Edge, one of the most consistently stimulating sites on the Web Tasty, bite sized, and challenging essays that are pretty much guaranteed to get any reader annoyedd thinking.

  2. James

    A mixed bag, but well worth reading This is a collection of over 100 short to very short essays by leading thinkers in a variety of fields, about both their interpretations of what would constitute a dangerous idea and what specific ideas they think qualify.Quite a few were intriguing and seemed dead on as far as their potential impact on society in general or on subsets such as scientific disciplines, politics, or industries There were a number that I thought didn t deserve inclusion because th [...]

  3. Whitney Woltman

    There were a total of 119 contributors to this book of essays Only 11 were women That s 13%, a pathetically low amount I stopped reading this book and tossed it into a pile of junk at the bottom of my basement stairs after adding that up Yes, I m aware that much of the intellectual scene is dominated by menbut not 87% There ARE accomplished women in these fields Did Brockman intentionally or unintentionally exclude them Both scenarios suggest a level of ignorance that depressed me enough to dism [...]

  4. Kirsty Darbyshire

    A collection of short essays about the next dangerous idea Copernicus s idea that the earth went round the moon and Darwin s idea of evolution are given as the stock examples of ideas that were dangerous in the past What will be proved true in the future that we would find difficult to believe today I found the articles to be very hit and miss They variously seemed too obvious, too esoteric or barely worth mentioning And too many were of the navel gazing the idea of a dangerous idea is dangerous [...]

  5. Matt Heavner

    A really good collection to enjoy the dangerous ideas from 108 leading thinkers It is a wide range, roughly and well grouped It is definitely a good meta thinking exercise exploring the ideas themselves, then thinking about What makes an idea dangerous and even If an idea is dangerous, is there some responsibility to do something about with that idea and is that a dangerous idea I found some of them very compelling, a few boring tautological, and some off the mark or boring But overall, worth a [...]

  6. Carl

    Turns out today s leading thinkers are all scientists and all their dangerous ideas are only dangerous in the sense that other scientists might snub them at university cocktail parties.

  7. Dena Burnett

    I have mixed feelings about this book, and similar Edge compilations The Good This was an easy read I do appreciate how the multiple authors made their ideas accessible, easy to digest, and uncomplicated enough to be thought provoking The Bad There s a lot of navel gazing and mental masturbation in here This is my biggest gripe with this series Yes, it s a set of ideas, but few provoke action and an urgency to problem solve If you re going to bring the best thinkers in the world together, then a [...]

  8. Timothy Burbage

    This book is a collection of 108 short essays from working scientists with the simple question What is your dangerous idea This leads to a range of topics covering religion, free will, our place in the universe, and lots of other topics It is ended by a good afterword by Richard Dawkins.As with all collections some I really liked and some I didn t I found it interesting to read and I learnt a lot The Edge magazine seem to do these kind of books every year and I will keep an eye out for them in t [...]

  9. Taede Smedes

    John Brockman is uitgever en oprichter van de website Edge edge Op deze site verschijnen regelmatig bijdragen van wetenschappers die de rol op zich nemen van intellectuelen, die zich niet alleen beperken tot hun eigen vakgebied, maar ook de sociaal culturele relevantie van wetenschap voor het voetlicht brengen Jaarlijks organiseert Brockman het World Question Center op Edge, waarbij een bepaalde vraag centraal staat In 2006 werd de vraag gesteld door de psycholoog Steven Pinker Wat is uw gevaarl [...]

  10. Elizabeth

    from the library I was mostly bored I read with great anticipation because I was wating for something dangerous or at least really new I only got to p192 out of 301pages so maybe there is still something thereom the library computer Book NewsThis provocative compilation includes responses to the annual question on the Edge Web site regarding ideas that might be considered dangerous Contributors include the human genome s decoder, a physicist on reducing global climate change via engineering a co [...]

  11. Stewart

    One hundred eight writers, most of them scientists and academics, contributed to this book There are well known people like Steven Pinker, Richard Dawkins, Helen Fisher, and Jared Diamond and lesser know people As can be expected, the short essays, ranging from one to five pages each, vary in interest But many of the essays examine fascinating ideas that may challenge our beliefs and the status quo hence, their danger Daniel Golman, for instance, notes the difference between having a discussion [...]

  12. Rebekah

    Despite the lame name, this book is pretty rad A bunch of scientists thinkers talking about the things they think about that society is not prepared to think about because they are too politically or morally charged, or because the ramifications or perceived ramifications of accepting the theories are too scary For example, the idea that women in general are innately less adept at maths and sciences might be true, but people would rather reject it for fear that acceptance might lead to early edu [...]

  13. Si Barron

    A great toilet side tome to dip into as you defecate Each pundit has about 2 pages to get their dangerous idea out Some are dull some are striking most you have heard before some regurgitate ancient philosophical conundrums.The ones that are most enjoyable are generally by the best writers who may not be the most original thinkers As a Sam Harris fan I place his contribution higher than most of the others simply on the merit of his prose he is always interesting even when going over familiar gro [...]

  14. MonkOnAcid

    Do you like ideas Cause I do and, boy, have I found a few in this book My curiosity was than entertained by ideas of influence that parents have on children, unconscious on free will and anti depressants on love How neatly, by the way, was this edition framed by a combined erudition of Richard Dawkins and Steven Pinker that encaptured well the essence of many essays in this book.When it comes to danger of these ideas, entertaining as they are, I couldn t say I got scared all that much by them N [...]

  15. Deborah

    From Copernicus to Darwin, to current day thinkers, scientists have always promoted theories and unveiled discoveries that challenge everything society holds dear ideas with both positive and dire consequences Many thoughts that resonate today are dangerous not because they are assumed to be false, but because they might turn out to be true.What do the world s leading scientists and thinkers consider to be their most dangerous idea Through the leading online forum Edge edge , the call went out, [...]

  16. James Ottaway

    This book is an amazing collection of 108 responses to the question What is your dangerous idea The question was posed to a collection of very impressive names, and the goal I had in reading the book of being mentally stimulated and challenged was certainly met.There are some incredibly interesting excerpts from responses touching on topics such as whether the concept of the soul is a valid one, and whether the notion of free will even exists.Of course the science vs religion debate makes it s f [...]

  17. Holmes

    If you want thought provoking ideas, this book surely delivers them magnificently in fact, some ideas can be downright mind boggling and even incomprehensible Some do not seem dangerous at all, and some will certainly raise a lot of eyebrows Some are explained almost in scientific rigour, and some are dispensed in just a short paragraph All in all, this book is a very good one to get you thinking about ideas that you did not realize are even able to be imagined provided that you are an open mind [...]

  18. John Kaufmann

    Excellent Contributions from 108 pre eminent scientists and thinkers, 1 4 pages each, relating an idea that, if either 1 true but not currently widely known or accepted by society, or 2 eventually found to be true, would have significant implications A glance at the Table of Contents can give you a taste of the breadth of the ideas We Have No Souls The Genetic Basis of Human Behavior The Fight Against Global Warming is Lost Mind is a Universally Distributed Quality When Will the Internet Become [...]

  19. Jafar

    A dangerous idea is not meant to be dangerous literally Dangerous meaning that the idea is not self evidently wrong, but by being proven right, or even just by being discussed, it may upset the accepted norms or the current way of thinking or the existing moral order An example Steven Pinker s dangerous idea What if different groups of people differ genetically in their average talents and temperaments The question was put to a bunch of leading thinkers and scientists The result is not as impres [...]

  20. Graham Polando

    Very hit or miss, but hits than misses Some authors didn t really seem to get the question, which, at least as Steven Pinker introduced it, was about ideas thought to be disruptive, but which the moral order can, at least in theory, accommodate Pinker cites heliocentrism as a historical example A disconcerting number of the essays even focus on what to do about those rubes in the Midwest who maintain a semblance of theology no one seems to appreciate that the apparent universal agreement certai [...]

  21. Tracey

    I am quite happy to have recently discovered the online forum, Edge, and then the printed collection of responses to the annual question from this forum This edition collection gave me a lot to think about some of which was predictable in terms of subject matter lots of discussion about physics, creation, and human consciousness , but unpredictable in terms of what these scientists and thinkers consider the idea connected to these topics One of my favorites came from David Lykken, whose idea rel [...]

  22. Forn

    Der Gesamteindruck der Artikel ist eher deprimierend, die Autoren lassen eher selten ein optimistisches Weltbild erkennen, auch diejenigen, die einen meiner Meinung nach guten Gedanken vertreten Am deprimierndsten allerdings fand ich, dass so viele Ideen quasi hinter vorgehaltener Hand diskutiert werden m ssen, was mein Weltbild etwas verschoben hat, so dass ich mir gar nicht mehr so sicher bin, ob wir wirklich in einer freien Welt leben Wenn man sich dann aber z.B mit den Artikeln zum freien Wi [...]

  23. Kristoffer

    Every year the thinkers of Edge write a short essay in response to an annual question, which has resulted in a series of thought provoking collections But this one question may be the most important to push the edge of human knowledge ideas that were once deemed provocative, immoral, even dangerous, have since been accepted by society at large In our time, they have been supplanted by other ideas we might deem dangerous, some of which could possibly be harmful to mankind Should such ideas be fro [...]

  24. Liz

    This was a fifty cent Goodwill find for me and I couldn t resist I enjoy critical thinking and thinking differently and this book was an obvious choice Not all the ideas are equally dangerous in my opinion, but most are minimally thought provoking.I m about a quarter of the way through the book, but already several of these ideas have been things that I ve thought about or have been thinking about I m not sure that this is a good thing or a bad thing, but the I m not crazy validation has been ni [...]

  25. Diana

    I ve been dipping in and out of this collection of essays written by Today s Leading Thinkers who are, apparently, people like Daniel C Dennett, Susan Black and Stephen Pinker It s not bad, but I ve heard most of these arguments before The authors agonise over stuff like the non existence of the soul, human inequality, eugenics, free will, consciousness, and the general pointlessnes of the universe Actually it was quite depressing Today s Leading Thinkers seem to do a lot of worrying and don t h [...]

  26. Halik

    Neat concept Brockman asked several academics and notable personalities to write about what their most dangerous ideas were This results in often dystopic world views based on extrapolations of the current social and technological phase we are in But truth be told there is also a decent amount of positivity mixed in The idea that struck me the most is the realization that there is evil lurking in all of us That for some reason tomorrow a sane person can begin to undergo the mental processes that [...]

  27. Diego

    John Brockman y su pregunta anual de Edge Cu l es tu idea peligrosa es una gran colecci n de ensayos sobre la ciencia y su camino actual, sobre su impacto su pasado, presente y futuro.Este libro es extraordinario por lo que hace respecto a la divulgaci n cient fica y por que estimula el pensamiento critico y creativo en un mundo que necesita cada vez mas de esto tal vez cuando enfrentamos tanto retos deber amos sujetarnos con m s fuerza a una de las mejores partes de nosotros, una de las mas imp [...]

  28. Adam Lewis

    This book brings some of today s heavy weights in the intellectual realm and asks them What is your dangerous idea It is a feast From religion to psychology, economics to politics, physics to literature, and from biology to anthropology, some of these short essays taken singly have as much substance as some entire books Besides Rudy Rucker s silliness, there isn t an essay in here that doesn t have something that is worth chewing over and there are some that will really make you put the book dow [...]

  29. Nick H

    Couldn t finish it, as I lost interest in the way it was edited Like minded essays are grouped together, giving an overkill feeling towards each category i.e technology, religion, life on other planets, etc What I read, some of these essays are very interesting and fun to ponder Others, you get the feeling that the participant was either indifferent or didn t understand the assignment So, given a little direction by the editor and a little creative work, this might have gelled a little better [...]

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