Sunday, May 3, 2009

Short answers to big questions

John Brockman's Edge World Question Center has been an inspiration.
Below are some of the questions posed in recent years, and my answers.

What is the most important invention in the past two thousand years?...and why?
Text is special

What is today's most unreported story?

Is the Market on Prozac?
(This was reported in hundreds of news sources just before the crash. The idea has been reinvented by others several times early in 2009. No one has tested the idea yet.)

What questions have disappeared?
Why is life so full of suffering- I ?

What is your question...and why?
Why is life so full of suffering- II

"What are the pressing scientific issues for the nation and the world, and what
is your advice on how I can begin to deal with them?" GW Bush

Finding out how relationships work

What's your law?
Nesse's Laws for deciding when it is safe to use drugs

What Do You Believe Is True Even Though You Cannot Prove It?

People gain a selective advantage from believing in things they can't prove

What is your dangerous idea?
Unspeakable Ideas

What are you optimistic about?
We will find new ways to block pessimism

What have you changed your mind about? Why?
Truth does not reside with smart university experts

What will change everything?
Recognizing that the body is not a machine


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