Monday, August 10, 2009

The World Question

I would highly recommend that you all visit the World Question Center. Every year, some of the most renowned intellectuals in the world are offered a chance to respond to a question that challenges and excites the mind. Such questions have included:

What game-changing scientific ideas and developments do you expect to live to see?
What is your dangerous idea?
What do you believe is true even though you cannot prove it?
What questions have disappeared?
What will change everything in our lifetimes? Interstellar viruses? Programming embryos? Electro-magnetic pulse wiping out all computer processors?

I was considering having a look through the whole list of answers and trying to ascertain any political biases that play into the respondents' answers. Pinker: liberal. Shermer: libertarian. And so-on....

I considered looking through the answers to see how many answers proposed a positive change versus a negative change. Global climate change, electromagnetic pulse: negative. Universal broadband coverage, personal energy production: positive.

Instead, I've just let myself get lost in the tapestry of ideas put forth on the site and hope that you will find something to excite your mind as well.

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