Ed. Brockman, John
Date finished: 2008-08-14
A follow-up to 2006's What We Believe But Cannot Prove, this book poses the title question to one hundred intellectuals, mostly scientists with a few philosophers and artists scattered in. Like the earlier book, there are definite trends and patterns to the answers. Several subjects are common to a number of writers:
There are also some intriguing ideas that are unique to one person. David Lykken suggests we will license parents some day; Daniel C. Dennett suggests that we are inventing more memes than our brains can collectively hold, signalling the end of common reference points; Juan Enriquez suggests the US will break up (oh please, yes); Leo M. Chalupa suggests we should spend one day absolutely alone, with no verbal interactions of any kind (written or spoken; live or recorded).
There's lots of material in this book to spark ideas, to make you alternately optimistic or pessimistic, and to argue over with friends.
%T What Is Your Dangerous Idea? %E Brockman, John %K essays, science %@ 2008-08-14 %* * %G ISBN 978-0-06-121495-0 %I HarperPerennial %D 2007 %P 301pp