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Friday, January 06, 2006
The Edge highlights that the history of science is replete with discoveries that were considered socially, morally, or emotionally dangerous in their time; the Copernican and Darwinian revolutions are the most obvious. Asking the question What is your dangerous idea may open new frontiers of thinking.Edge asked leading thinkers about an idea (not necessarily originated by the thinker in question) that is dangerous not because it is assumed to be false, but because it might be true. John brockman, editor of Edge writes about the collection, "you will find emerging out of the 119 original essays ( from as many contributors) in the 75,000 word document written in response to the 2006 Edge Question — "What is your dangerous idea?" — are 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". enjoy reading - an interesting collection indeed.
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