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What We Believe but Cannot Prove: Today's Leading Thinkers on Science in the Age of Certaintyby John Brockman
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More than one hundred of the world's leading thinkers write about things they believe in, despite the absence of concrete proof
Scientific theory, more often than not, is born of bold assumption, disparate bits of unconnected evidence, and educated leaps of faith. Some of the most potent beliefs among brilliant minds are based on supposition alone — yet that is enough to push those minds toward making the theory viable.
Eminent cultural impresario, editor, and publisher of Edge (www.edge.org), John Brockman asked a group of leading scientists and thinkers to answer the question: What do you believe to be true even though you cannot prove it? This book brings together the very best answers from the most distinguished contributors.
Thought-provoking and hugely compelling, this collection of bite-size thought-experiments is a fascinating insight into the instinctive beliefs of some of the most brilliant minds today.
In a provocative series of essays, more than one hundred of the world's leading thinkers--including Daniel Dennett, Steven Pinker, Richard Dawkins, Jared Diamond, Freeman Dyson, Martin Rees, and others both in and outside the world of science--reveal what they believe despite a current lack of supporting evidence about such topics as the future of humankind, the fate of the universe, extraterrestrial life, and more. Original. 25,000 first printing.
Table of Contents
Preface: The edge question — Introduction / Ian McEwan — Contributors: Martin Rees — Ray Kurzweil — Douglas Rushkoff — Richard Dawkins — Chris Anderson — Stephen Petranek — Carolyn Porco — Paul C. W. Davies — Kenneth W. Ford — Karl Sabbagh — J. Craig Venter — Leon Lederman — Maria Spiropulu — Philip W. Anderson — Robert M. Sapolsky — Jesse Bering — Ian McEwan — Michael Shermer — Susan Blackmore — Randolph M. Nesse, M.D. — Tor Norretranders — Scott Atran — David G. Myers — Jonathan Haidt — Sam Harris — David Buss — Seth Lloyd — Denis Dutton — Jared Diamond — Timothy Taylor — Judith Rich Harris — John H. McWhorter — Elizabeth Spelke — Stephen H. Schneider — Bruce Sterling — Robert Trivers — Verena Huber-Dyson.
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