What is Your Dangerous Idea?: Today's Leading Thinkers on the Unthinkable

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John Brockman
Simon & Schuster, 2006 - Belief & doubt - 320 pages
The history of science is replete with ideas that were considered socially, morally or emotionally dangerous in their time. The Copernican and Darwinian revolutions are obvious examples -- radical, brilliant insights that did not so much push the envelope as rip it into shreds. These ideas were dangerous because they challenged our comfort zone. But what are the dangerous ideas of the twenty-first century? Which theories do the world's leading thinkers and scientists regard as too hot to handle -- not because the idea might be false, but because it might turn out to be true? Collecting together the very best contributions to the renowned Edge.org question from the most eminent respondents, WHAT IS YOUR DANGEROUS IDEA? is another endlessly fascinating and provocative insight into the bleeding-edge of intellectual endeavour.

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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 ... Read full review

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This book contains over a hundred essays from scientists and thinkers on what they consider to be their most dangerous idea. Some ideas were good, some were ridiculous and some were incomprehensable ... Read full review

Contents

We Have No Souls
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The Evolution of Evil
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Groups of People May Differ Genetically
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