William H. Calvin
Abrupt Climate Change
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
The Reasons For Right-Wing Extremism In Europe And The U.S.
Pattie Maes
What Scientific Research Is Really Like
George B. Dyson
The Size Of The Digital Universe
Douglas Rushkoff
America's Descent Into Computer-Aided Unconsciousness And Consumer Fascism
Howard Gardner
(1) African Civil Wars; (2) Evolutionary Theory Is Not Intuitive; Creationism Is
Roger Schank
The Politicians Who Are Running On Education Platforms Don't Actually Care About Education
Lee Smolin
The Internationalization of the Third Culture
Judith Rich Harris
Parenting Styles Have Changed But Children Have Not
Stewart Brand
The Peace Dividend
John McWhorter
The Transformation Of The American Musical Ear
Rodney A. Brooks
People are Morphing into Machines.
Sally M. Gall
The potentially glorious, or dangerous, massive cultural impact of mitochondrial DNA studies
John Gilmore
The World Isn't Going to Hell
Eric J. Hall
The World Is Losing Potable Water At A Rate That Is Unprecedented
Stephen Kellert
The Concept Of Ecology
Thomas Petzinger, Jr.
The End Of Money
Sylvia Paull
Women Are Still Considered Inferior To Men
James J. O'Donnell
The Remaking Of Personality As Seen In Language
Philip W. Anderson
(1) The closing of the High Flux Beam Reactor at Brookhaven National Lab; (2) Eppawala
Stephen Grossberg
How does a brain give rise to a mind?
Brian Goodwin
Quality Pigs
Arnold Trehub
How The Human Brain Models The World
Ivan Amato
The Planet Itself Is Becoming Self Aware
Howard Rheingold
How Will The Internet Influence Democracy?
Cliff Pickover
The Immortalization of Humanity
Hans Weise
That There Are So Many Important Unreported Stories
John Horgan
The Quiet Resurgence of Psychedelic Compounds as Instruments of Both Spiritual and Scientific Exploration
Philip Elmer-Dewitt
O.J.'s Search for the Real Killer
Lance Knobel
Two stories, one encouraging, the other worrying
Jeff Jacobs
The Lack of Services to Heal Abused Children
Piet Hut
There Are No Things
Freeman Dyson
The Enduring Vitality of the More Moderate Kinds of Religions.
Kevin Kelly
The Population Fizzle
Marc D. Hauser
(1) The Health Crisis in Africa and (2) The Poor Level of Educational Distribution
Daniel Goleman
Hidden Consequences of Our Daily Choices as Consumers of Products and Services.
Philip Brockman
How Great the Kids Are Today
Terrence J. Sejnowski
Exercise Can Make you Smarter

Special Event!

January 10, 2000

The Annual Edge Question:


Edited by John Brockman

Two years ago, to mark the first anniversary of Edge, I asked the participants of The Third Culture Mail "What Questions Are You Asking Yourself?".

"The World Question Center"
was published on Edge on December 30, 1997 and covered by The New York Times, Atlantic Unbound, Die Zeit, The Independent, and New Scientist. (See "Edge in the News.")

The project was interesting, worthwhile....and fun.

"Big, deep and ambitious questions....breathtaking in scope. Keep watching The World Question Center." — New Scientist (editorial)

Last year, to mark the second anniversary of Edge, I polled the list on (a) "What Is The Most Important Invention In The Past Two Thousand Years?" ... and (b) "Why?".

Edge publication on January 4, 1999 was covered by The Wall Street Journal, Asahi Shimbun, Newsweek, Die Zeit, Bill Gates' New York Times syndicated column, Salon, The Sciences, Feed, Scientific American, The Telegraph, Wired News, and Peter Jennngs on ABC Nightly News.

"...Thoughtful and often surprising answers ....a fascinating survey of intellectual and creative wonders of the world ..... Reading them reminds me of how wondrous our world is." — Bill Gates, New York Times Syndicated Column

A book based on the project , The Greatest Inventions Of The Past 2,000 Years has just been published.

Responses to this year's question, "WHAT IS TODAY'S MOST IMPORTANT UNREPORTED STORY?" are available (a) by clicking on the contributions of each of the 75 contributors to date on this page, or (b) in a lenghtly "Easy-Print" version of about 50,000 words.

Thank you for your interest and Happy New Year!

John Brockman
Publisher & Editor

Easy-Print version



Bart Kosko
The US Government continued to outlaw first-class mail on Sunday andno one complained
Dean Ornish
The Gobalization of Illness
Keith Devlin
The Death of the Paragraph
Andy Clark
That the Human Mind is Less and Less In the Head.
Anne Fausto-Sterling
The End of Gene Control
Eberhard Zangger
A Lost Civilization
Peter Cochrane
Decoding the Human Genome is a Long Term Project
Hans Ulrich Obrist
The Roads Not Taken
Ellis Rubinstein
An Unprecedented Erosion of Traditional "Divides"
Stuart Hameroff
The Paradigm Shift In Understanding The Conscious Mind
David Lykken
The Reduction In American Crime Is An Illusion
Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.
The True Nature of Much of Human Illness Eludes Mankind
Eduard Punset
The End of the Brain

Stephen H. Schneider
Misreporting complex scientific controversies by mainstream media

David G. Myers
The Disconnect Between Wealth and Well-Being
Todd Siler
Applying our Lessons from the Nuclear Age to this Age
Joseph Ledoux
Educational Inequities
Verena Huber-Dyson
The Classification Theorem for Finite Simple Groups
Julian Barbour
a) The Proliferation of Jobs; b) James P. Carse's Jewel of a Book
Henry Warwick
"Damned if I know..."
James Bailey
The spread of
Universal Visual Literacy
Robert R. Provine
The Walkie-Talkie Theory Bipedalism Was Necessary For Human Speech Evolution
Steve Quartz
The Transformation in Human Life in the Post-Genomic World
Jaron Lanier
The End of Clausewitzian War
Robert Hormats
The Information Revolution Requires A Matching Education Revolution
Daniel Pink
Maslow's America
Timothy Taylor
The Sexual Abuse of Children by Women
Carlo Rovelli
The End of the Dream of a More Gentle World
Peter Schwartz
The Dramatic Fall in the Rate of Growth in Global Population
Leon M. Lederman
Survival Depends on the Race between Education and Catastrophe
Phil Leggiere
Appropriation of the Internet for Large Scale Global Social Protest
Denise Caruso
Maybe Media Is the Real Opiate of the People
Tor Norretranders
A Dollar a Week Will End World Hunger
Delta Willis
Weird Ape Fouls Planet
Charles Arthur
The Peculiar Feedback Loops That Drive Media Reporting of Technological and Science Issues
David M. Buss
Discrimination in the Mating Market

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