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.


1998
What is the most important invention in the past two thousand years?...and why?
Text is special


1999
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.)

2001
What questions have disappeared?
Why is life so full of suffering- I ?


2002
What is your question...and why?
Why is life so full of suffering- II


2003
"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


2004
What's your law?
Nesse's Laws for deciding when it is safe to use drugs

2005
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

2006
What is your dangerous idea?
Unspeakable Ideas

2007
What are you optimistic about?
We will find new ways to block pessimism


2008
What have you changed your mind about? Why?
Truth does not reside with smart university experts

2009
What will change everything?
Recognizing that the body is not a machine





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