You should check out their question for 2006: "What Is Your Dangerous Idea?" And the responses from such heavyweights as Craig Venter, Daniel Goleman, Brian Greene, John Allen Paulos, Martin E.P. Seligman, Jamshed Bharucha, Helen Fischer, Michael Schermer, Richard Dawkins, Michael Nesmith (yes, of The Monkees), Eric Fischl, Alison Gopnik, Stewart Brand, Leonard Susskind, and others. Here's how Edge impresario John Brockman describes the project:
Something radically new is in the air: new ways of understanding physical systems, new ways of thinking about thinking that call into question many of our basic assumptions. A realistic biology of the mind, advances in evolutionary biology, physics, information technology, genetics, neurobiology, psychology, engineering, the chemistry of materials: all are questions of critical importance with respect to what it means to be human. For the first time, we have the tools and the will to undertake the scientific study of human nature.
This year, the third culture thinkers in the Edge community have written 117 original essays (a document of 72,500 words) in response to the 2006 Edge Question "What is your dangerous idea?". Here you will find indications of a new natural philosophy, founded on the realization of the import of complexity, of evolution. Very complex systems whether organisms, brains, the biosphere, or the universe itself were not constructed by design; all have evolved. There is a new set of metaphors to describe ourselves, our minds, the universe, and all of the things we know in it.
You can find the answers at: The World Question Center 2006
Categories: thinking, change, ideas