What Have You Changed Your Mind About?: Today's Leading Minds Rethink Everything

Ed. Brockman, John
HarperPerennial 2008
ISBN 978-0-06-168654-2
Date finished: 2012-02-03

Another in Brockman's series of non-fiction anthologies, in which ~100 researchers and writers are asked to write responses to the titular question. I liked a lot of these pieces, and they were varied enough to avoid becoming repetitious. Refreshingly the pieces spend little or no space on introductory explanations or set-up The writers have changed their mind on the likelihood of a god, the importance of evolution on people, how the mind works at a low level, the nature and magnitude of the differences between men and women, the reality of climate change and whether we're likely to to reduce our carbon usage to avoid it (those writers are pessimistic about it). My favorite piece is the one by Bart Kosko on why he now prefers the median over the sample mean; a deeper discussion of non-Gaussian distributions would make an interesting mathematical essay.

Tagged: essays, science

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%S Today's Leading Minds Rethink Everything
%E Brockman, John
%K science, essays
%@ 2012-02-03
%I HarperPerennial
%G ISBN 978-0-06-168654-2
%P 387pp
%D 2008


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