This year’s edition of the Edge World Question Center asks: “What Scientific Concept Would Improve Everybody’s Cognitive Toolkit?” There’s quite a collection of contributions, many from scientists but also from writers and an assortment of unclassifiable big thinkers.
I haven’t carefully perused all of the entries. As you do, please chime in with any that you think we should all be paying attention to. At a brief glance, here are some that caught my eye:
- Robert Sapolsky, The Lure of a Good Story
- Jonathan Haidt, Contingent Superorganism
- Danny Hillis, Possibility Spaces
- Kevin Hand, The Gibbs Landscape
- Ross Anderson, Science Versus Theatre
- Gerd Gigerenzer, Risk Literacy
- Amanda Gefter, Duality
- Joshua Greene, Supervenience!
- Carl Zimmer, Life as a Side Effect
- Rob Kurzban, Externalities
- Richard Foreman, Negative Capability is a Profound Therapy