What Have You Changed Your Mind About?: Today's Leading Minds Rethink Everything

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Harper Collins, Oct 6, 2009 - Science - 416 pages

Even geniuses change their minds sometimes.

Edge (www.edge.org), the influential online intellectual salon, recently asked 150 high-powered thinkers to discuss their most telling missteps and reconsiderations: What have you changed your mind about? The answers are brilliant, eye-opening, fascinating, sometimes shocking, and certain to kick-start countless passionate debates.

Steven Pinker on the future of human evolution • Richard Dawkins on the mysteries of courtship • SAM HARRIS on the indifference of Mother Nature • Nassim Nicholas Taleb on the irrelevance of probability • Chris Anderson on the reality of global warming • Alan Alda on the existence of God • Ray Kurzweil on the possibility of extraterrestrial life • Brian Eno on what it means to be a "revolutionary" • Helen Fisher on love, fidelity, and the viability of marriage • Irene Pepperberg on learning from parrots . . . and many others.

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WHAT HAVE YOU CHANGED YOUR MIND ABOUT?: Today's Leading Minds Rethink Everything

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Scientists, futurists and other pundits ruminate on roads not taken and missteps along the way.Marvin Minsky, the pioneering cognitive scientist, once said that anyone interested in getting at the ... Read full review

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Some essays were great, others pretty boring. All depended on how scientific the thing the mind was changed about was. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

The publisher of the online science salon Edge.org, John Brockman is the editor of Know This, This Idea Must Die, This Explains Everything, This Will Make You Smarter, and other volumes.

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