Each year, the brainy types at the Edge Foundation pose a great question. Then they ask dozens and dozens of interesting folks from just about every human discipline except monster-truck driving to answer the question in a short essay. It’s always worth a long browse.
Past Edge Questions have included:
*What do you believe is true even though you cannot prove it?
*What would change everything?
*Which questions have disappeared?
This year, the Edgemeisters have rounded up 164 provocative thinkers to answer this provocative question from Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker: What Scientific Concept Would Improve Everybody’s Cognitive Toolkit?
The fascinating answers include: Cumulative Error, Holism, Negative Capability, Uncalculated Risk, Ambient Memory and the Rational Unconscious.
These and the other 159 answers can be found here.