What Are You Optimistic About? (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Science - 400 pages
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The nightly news and conventional wisdom tell us that things are bad and getting worse. Yet despite dire predictions, scientists see many good things on the horizon. John Brockman, publisher of Edge (www.edge.org), the influential online salon, recently asked more than 150 high-powered scientific thinkers to answer a vital question for our frequently pessimistic times: "What are you optimistic about?"

Spanning a wide range of topics—from string theory to education, from population growth to medicine, and even from global warming to the end of world—What Are You Optimistic About? is an impressive array of what world-class minds (including Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, New York Times bestselling authors, and Harvard professors, among others) have weighed in to offer carefully considered optimistic visions of tomorrow. Their provocative and controversial ideas may rouse skepticism, but they might possibly change our perceptions of humanity's future.

  

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Review: What Are You Optimistic About?: Today's Leading Thinkers on Why Things Are Good and Getting Better

User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

Jam packed with opinions and views of generally the near term. A well represented cast of opinions from a wide number of disciplines. This book deserves a re-read as there is just so much to ponder. Not a book that should be skimmed or speed read -- rathe Read full review

Review: What Are You Optimistic About?: Today's Leading Thinkers on Why Things Are Good and Getting Better

User Review  - Heather Browning - Goodreads

A mixed bag, some really interesting ideas and some quite generic ones; some well-written pieces and some that ramble. Overall there seemed to be a few themes that most writers stuck to - climate ... Read full review

Contents

War Will End
6
The Divide Between Scientific Thinking
19
Science and the Decline of Magic
28
EvidenceBased Decision Making Will
34
The War Between Science and Religion
42
Sometime in the 21st Century I Will
49
Physics Will Not Achieve a Theory
59
The Return of the Discipline of Experiment
66
Science As a Broadly Participatory
214
Emergent Democracy and Global Voices
221
The End of the Commoditization
229
The Coming Revolution in Science
238
Power Is Moving to the Masses As a Market
245
Early Detection of Learning Disabilities
255
The Future of Software
260
Unraveling Beliefs
266

What Lies Beyond Our Cosmic
72
Coraggio Domani Sarŕ Peggio
77
UsThem Dichotomies Will Become
91
The End of isms
104
The Major Climate Makeover
117
The Ozone Hole
130
The Shifting Ratio of Benefit and Cost
143
The SunlightPowered Future
146
Science on the Agenda
153
New Children Will Be Born
160
The Future of Human Mating
168
Malthus Was Wrong
174
Early Cancer Detection
182
Growing Older
191
Personal Genomics
198
A Breakthrough in Understanding
204
AI Will Arise
207
The Evolutionary Ability of Humankind
273
Solving the MindBody Problem
279
Human Intelligence Can Be Increased
285
The Young Will Take Repair of
293
Skeuomorphism
300
Universal Telepathy
308
I Will Be Dead Wrong Again
312
We Will Find New Ways to Block
318
Overcoming the Burden of Monocausalitis
324
The Increasing Coalescence of Scientific
330
Understanding Sleep
337
The Joys of Failing Enterprises
343
The Real Purity of Pure Science
350
A Second and Better Enlightenment
356
Index
363
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About the author (2009)

The publisher of the online science salon Edge.org, John Brockman is the editor of The Universe, This Explains Everything, This Will Make You Smarter, and other volumes. He is the founder of the literary agency Brockman, Inc., and lives in New York City.

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