This Idea Must Die: Scientific Theories That Are Blocking Progress - Edge Question Series (Paperback)
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This Idea Must Die: Scientific Theories That Are Blocking Progress - Edge Question Series (Paperback)

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The bestselling editor of This Explains Everything brings together 175 of the world's most brilliant minds to tackle Edge.org's 2014 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 2014 he asked 175 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.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
ISBN: 9780062374349
Number of pages: 592
Weight: 451 g
Dimensions: 203 x 135 x 24 mm


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Praise for This Idea Must Die: "Take a look. No matter who you are, you are bound to find something that will drive you crazy." -- New York Times "Garrulous and argumentative. ... Brockman's formula is tried and tested. Better still, it shows no sign of getting old." -- New Scientist "This Idea Must Die is an excellent gathering of thoughts, rants and lamentations to add to your book list." -- Forbes "Discern[s] the zeitgeist of ideas with which some of our era's greatest minds are tussling. ... Profound. ... Provocative. ... Mind-stretching." -- Brain Pickings "Fascinating. ... Thought-provoking." -- Science News "A fascinating smorgasbord of 175 short essays about every field and facet of research." -- Science News "Brockman succeeds in presenting scientific work that will appeal to a variety of readers, no matter their background." -- Publishers Weekly Praise for Edge: "Physics, statistics, robotics, linguistics, medicine-all are zestfully scrutinized in this exuberant, mind-blowing gathering of innovative thinkers." -- Booklist "An epicenter of bleeding-edge insight across science, technology, and beyond." -- Atlantic Monthly "The brightest minds in the known universe." -- Vanity Fair "A forum for the world's most brilliant minds." -- The Observer (UK) "A provocative and informative compilation." -- Library Journal

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