This Idea Must Die: Scientific Theories That Are Blocking Progress
Paperback $24.99 - HarperCollins Publishers
Science - Published: 1/Apr/2015 - ISBN: 9780062374349
By the bestselling editor of THIS EXPLAINS EVERYTHING, now 75 of the world's most brilliant minds tackle Edge.org's 20 4 question: What scientific idea is ready for retirement? The bestselling editor of This Explains Everything brings together 75 of the world's most brilliant minds to tackle Edge.org's 20 4 question: What scientific idea has become a relic blocking human progress? Each year, John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org -"The world's smartest website" (The Guardian) - challenges some of the world's greatest scientists, artists, and philosophers to answer a provocative question crucial to our time. In 20 4 he asked 75 brilliant minds to ponder: What scientific idea needs to be put aside in order to make room for new ideas to advance? The answers are as surprising as they are illuminating. In : , ∗Steven Pinker dismantles the working theory of human behavior , ∗Richard Dawkins renounces essentialism , ∗Sherry Turkle reevaluates our expectations of artificial intelligence , ∗Geoffrey West challenges the concept of a "Theory of Everything" , ∗Andrei Linde suggests that our universe and its laws may not be as unique as we think , ∗Martin Rees explains why scientific understanding is a limitless goal , ∗Nina Jablonski argues to rid ourselves of the concept of race , ∗Alan Guth rethinks the origins of the universe , ∗Hans Ulrich Obrist warns against glorifying unlimited economic growth , ∗and much more. Profound, engaging, thoughtful, and groundbreaking, This Idea Must Die will change your perceptions and understanding of our world today . . . and tomorrow.
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