What Is Your Dangerous Idea?: Today's Leading Thinkers on the Unthinkable (Paperback)

By John Brockman (Editor), Richard Dawkins (Afterword by), Steven Pinker (Introduction by)
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The world's leading scientific thinkers explore bold, remarkable, perilous ideas that could change our lives--for better . . . or for worse . . .

From Copernicus to Darwin, to current-day thinkers, scientists have always promoted theories and unveiled discoveries that challenge everything society holds dear; ideas with both positive and dire consequences. Many thoughts that resonate today are dangerous not because they are assumed to be false, but because they might turn out to be true.

What do the world's leading scientists and thinkers consider to be their most dangerous idea? Through the leading online forum Edge (www.edge.org), the call went out, and this compelling and easily digestible volume collects the answers. From using medication to permanently alter our personalities to contemplating a universe in which we are utterly alone, to the idea that the universe might be fundamentally inexplicable, What Is Your Dangerous Idea? takes an unflinching look at the daring, breathtaking, sometimes terrifying thoughts that could forever alter our world and the way we live in it.

Contributors includeDaniel C. Dennett - Jared Diamond - Brian Greene - Matt Ridley - Howard Gardner and Freeman Dyson, among others.

About the Author


The founder and publisher of the influential online science salon Edge.org, John Brockman is the editor of "This Will Make You Smarter", "What We Believe but Cannot Prove", "What Is Your Dangerous Idea?", and other volumes. He is also the CEO of the literary agency Brockman, Inc. John lives in New York City.

Richard Dawkins, voted Prospect magazine's #1 World Thinker, is the author of the blockbuster bestseller The God Delusion. He was first catapulted to fame with The Selfish Gene, which he followed with The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, River Out of Eden, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, The Ancestor's Tale, A Devil's Chaplain, The Greatest Show on Earth, and The Magic of Reality (with Dave McKean). Dawkins is a fellow of the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature. He was the inaugural holder of the Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Royal Society of Literature Award, the Michael Faraday Award of the Royal Society, the Kistler Prize, the Shakespeare Prize, the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing About Science, the Galaxy British Book Awards Author of the Year Award, and the International Cosmos Prize of Japan.

Steven Pinker is Harvard College Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. His books The "Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate", and " The Better Angels of Our Nature" have won numerous prizes.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780061214950
ISBN-10: 0061214957
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: July 29th, 2014
Pages: 301
Language: English