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2009

Edge 309—December 18, 2009
THE THIRD CULTURE
GROWING UP IN ETHOLOGY
By Richard Dawkins
FOUR SIDES TO EVERY STORY
By Stewart Brand
TO BEAT AL QAEDA, LOOK TO THE EAST
By Scott Atran
IN THE NEWS
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (STARRED REVIEW)
BEYOND EDGE
Clay Shirky responds to Evgeny Morozov's criticisms on why dictators benefit from the web — Prospect [...]
Stewart Brand urges environmentalists to "follow science rather than just invoke it when convenient. Tierney Lab New York Times [...]
Nathan Wolfe: Emerging disease: Looking for trouble. How do you persuade philanthropists to pay $1 million for every pathogenic human virus you discover? Anjali Nayar talks to 'virus hunter' Nathan Wolfe in Cameroon to find out — Nature [...]
Martin Rees: Getting to the right desks in government — Graham Lawton, New Scientist [...]
Inflationary Cosmology: Is Our Universe Part of a Multiverse? Alan Guth delivers the Isaac Newton Lecture 2009 [...]
Wiliam Poundstone: Menu Mind Games — New York Magazine [...]
A global warming debate with Bjorn Lomborg and Paul Krugman — Fareed Zakariah CNN [...]
FreeHarvardEducation.com: Does anyone own what universities teach? Harvard professor Steven Pinker (left) has agreed to have notes from his lectures posted on Finalsclub's site. His colleague, Greg Mankiw, has refused — Drake Bennettt Boston Globe [...]
Alun Anderson: The Real Victims Of Climate Change Have No Voice In Copenhagen (Photos) — Huffington Post [...]
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Edge 308—December 11, 2009
THE THIRD CULTURE:
DON'T DISAPPEAR INTO A DREAM
A Conversation with Richard Foreman
Edge Video
A FINAL WARNING FROM THE ARCTIC
Slide Show -- Words and Pictures -- by Alun Anderson
EDGE IN THE NEWS
New Scientist: Crystal Ball for Star Intellectuals: This Will Change Everything edited by John Brockman
BEYOND EDGE
Michael Gazzaniga: "When you get up in the morning, you do not think about triangles and squares and these similes that psychologists have been using for the past 100 years. You think about status. You think about where you are in relation to your peers." ... "The traditional explanation for this pattern, popularized by psychologists Dov Cohen and Richard Nisbett, is that herding cultures have a propensity for maintaining a Culture of Honor." Adam Waytz Scientific American
The globalization of religion: Dawkins, plurotheism and future of religion in the global market Jonathan Benthall TLS
Mark Pagel: New species evolve in bursts: Red Queen hypothesis of gradual evolution undermined Kerri Smith, Nature
PZ Myers: The dead are dead Pharyngula
Nick Bilton: Cable Freedom Is a Click Away New York Times
IQ2 Debate- "Atheism is the new fundamentalism" FOR: Richard Harries, former Bishop of Oxford, Charles Moore, former editor, Daily Telegraph: AGAINST: Richard Dawkins, AC Grayling
The Sunday Times Christmas books: science
Sue Blackmore: Are we better off without religion? The Guardian
PZ Myers: Kings and queens of the æther Pharyngua
We all know the names (Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens) of those angry white men who tend to antagonize the world’s believers. But the most persuasive voices for the 'new New Atheism' tend to be women. Stephen Prothero USA Today
Aspen Institute — EC09: Are We Doing Enough to Support Science in America? Francis Collins, Brian Greene, Madeline Jacobs
Gregory Paul: Bringing Creationism to Heel Requires Making America Less Socially Darwinistic
Jerry Coyne: "Here we go again" — Robert Wright repeats his usual spiel against the "new atheists," but this time he’s turned up the invective
Jared Diamond New York Times OpEd: " Will Big Business Save the Earth?"
Evgevny Morozov: The List, 2020 Edition: Thought leaders for the Internet era
Guardian 'Books that Defined the Decade': Christopher Hitchens's choice for 2006.
Jerry Coyne: Hitchens's blurb reminded me of two things. The first is all the criticism of Dawkins, much of it unfair, for being "dogmatic and militant". He's simply forthright
Evolution book review: Dawkins's Greatest Show on Earth, Coyne's Why Evolution is True, and Shubin's Your Inner Fish Derek K. Miller pennmaching.com
Robert Wright — The Anti-God Squad: Why even some of the most zealous non-believers may abandon the crusade against religion — Foreign Policy

Edge 307—December 4, 2009
THE THIRD CULTURE
:
TOXO
A Conversation with Robert Sapolsky
Edge Video
IT SEEMS BIOLOGY (NOT RELIGION) EQUALS MORALITY
by Marc D. Hauser
EDGE IN THE NEWS
Seed: Books to read (and give) now -- Seed Picks December 1, 2009
BEYOND EDGE
In "Hypermusic Prologue: A Projective Opera in Seven Planes", Lisa Randall brings her theories of an extradimensional universe to the stage at Pompidou Theatre in Paris. SEED. Randall brings extra-dimension libretto to Barcelona
Neri Oxman at Poptech: "On Designing Form"
"The Images Dancing in David Gelernter's Head". Evan R. Goldstein, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Lawrence Krauss's letter to the New York Times:"...what Mr. Kristof should be praising is reason and not faith."
"We May Be Born With an Urge to Help" by Nicholas Wade, Science Times
Who Needs God When We've Got Mammon? The world's most prosperous (and happiest) countries are also its least religious, new research states. David Villano
"The Chronic Dependence of Popular Religiosity upon Dysfunctional Psychosociological Conditions" by Greg Paul in Evolutionary Psychology
Wikipedia has become the lazy man's Google: why bother sifting through 100 search results if chances are that someone has already done this job for you in a Wikipedia entry? Evgeny Morozov Times Online
Sean Carroll: The rationalists Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz meet the empiricists Locke, Berkeley, and Hume in the octagon!
Evgeny Morozov examines"Wikipedia's rapidly growing power — and the numerous ways in which it can be harnessed to right the wrongs that are bound to arise on its pages". IHT
Emanuel Derman "remains, to say the least, wary of the idea that efficient markets hypothesis can provide a "complete" guide to finance. Financial Times
Christopher Hitchens on Robert Wright, Karen Armstrong: "Multicultural Masochism" Slate
"Just a few years ago, it seemed curious that an omniscient, omnipotent God wouldn't smite tormentors like Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris." Nicolas Kristof NYT
P. Z. Myers: Mild-mannered scourge of creationists. New Scientist
Michael Shermer: Religion, evolution can live side by side CNN
Jerry Coyne: Michael Shermer, theologian
Shermer replies to Coyne: "Nearer My Atheism to Thee: How to Respond to Theists" True/Slant

Edge 306—November 24, 2009
THE THIRD CULTURE
: Edge in Paris...
SIGNATURES OF CONSCIOUSNESS
A Talk by Stanislas Dehaene
Edge Video
THE REALITY CLUB
On "SIGNATURES OF CONSCIOUSNESS: A Talk with Stanislas Dehaene"
Daniel Kahneman, Sam Harris, George Dyson
BEYOND EDGE
Hair Raiser: Malcolm Gladwell and Steven Pinker; Making in Personal Craig Venter, George Church, Nature, 23andMe — Evan Lerner in SEED
Science Saturday: Verbs and Violence: Robert Wright & Steven Pinker Bloggingheads.tv
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Edge 305—November 19, 2009
THE THIRD CULTURE

36 ARGUMENTS FOER THE EXISTENCE OF GOD
by Rebecca Goldstein
Edge Video
EDGE IN THE NEWS
Suddeutsche Zeitung: Die Ich-Erschöpfung
By Von Andrian Kreye
Huffington Post: The Age of the Informavore
By Frank Schirrmacher
THE REALITY CLUB
On "THE AGE OF THE IMFORMAVORE" A Talk with Frank Schirrmacher"
David Gelernter
BEYOND EDGE
Debate: Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Daniel C. Dennett vs Shmuley Boteach, Dinesh D'Souza, Nassim Taleb at Andres Roemer's La Ciudad de las Ideas
Alan Guth gives Newton Lecture 2009: "Inflationary cosmology: is our universe part of a multiverse?" — Institute of Phsyics
Nathan Myhrvold, former chief technology officer at Microsoft, spins rose petals in a glass globe at his laboratory kitchen in Bellevue — Kenneth Chang, New York Times
Jason Calacanis on How To Kill Google on YouTube
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Edge 304—November 13, 2009
THE THIRD CULTURE

WHY DOES THE UNIVERSE LOOK THE WAY IT DOES: A Conversation With Sean Carroll
Edge Video
THIRD CULTURE IN THE NEWS
profil (Austria): Leading scientists answer the question: What is your dangerous idea? (Führende Wissenschafter beantworten die Frage: Was ist Ihre gefährlichste Idee?)
Boing Boing: The Age of the Informavore
By David Pescovitz
THE REALITY CLUB
On "THE AGE OF THE INFORMAVORE" A Talk with Frank Schirrmacher
George Dyson, Annalena McAffee, John Brockman
BEYOND EDGE
Sean Parker is clicking for Causes. Brad Stone, The New York Times
Richard Foreman's Idiot Savant at the Public Theater in New York: "Talk Talk : Richard Foreman Puts Language Onstage" New Yorker
"Still Bouncing Off the Fun House Walls" New York Times
Simon Baron-Cohen: Asperger Syndrome or Autism — New York Times OpEd
A new take on the work that began with Robert Trivers' seminal paper on reciprocal altruism in 1971 — Nature
Nick Carr: Unsere Zukunft in der Matrix (Our future in the matrix) in Die Zeit Google Translation
Dan Sperber on Grieving Animals in Cognition & Culture
Gigerenzer v. Thaler. Decision-making: "Risk school Can the general public learn to evaluate risks accurately, or do authorities need to steer it towards correct decisions? Michael Bond talks to the two opposing camps. Nature
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Edge 303—November 5, 2009
THIRD CULTURE IN THE NEWS
Tercera Cultura: Un podcast divulgacion de la Cience Cognitiva Contemporanea
Stuttgarter Zeitung: Are the Disciplinary Boundaries Permeable?
Gábor Paál responds to Michael Naumann
THE REALITY CLUB
On "THE AGE OF THE IMFORMAVORE" A Talk with Frank Schirrmacher
Jaron Lanier, NIck Bilton, Nick Carr, Douglas Rushkoff, Jesse Dylan, Virginia Heffernan, Gerd Gigerenzer, John Perry Barlow, Steven Pinker, John Bargh
BEYOND EDGE
Jerry Adler responds to Dinesh D'Souza's Life After Death: The Evidence, with a moving essay on the death of his son. Newsweek
Alison Gopnik says babies can answer philosophical questions on Colbert
Jerry Coyne on the debate that won't die
Stewart Brand makes the case for nuclear power. Jim Witkin New York Times
Scott Atran: "A Memory of Lévi-Strauss" on CongnitionandCulture.net
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Edge 302—October 27, 2009
THE THIRD CULTURE

THE AGE OF THE INFORMAVORE
Edge Video
IN THE NEWS
Stuttgarter Zeitung: Are the Disciplinary Boundaries Permeable?
By Gábor Paál
THE REALITY CLUB
Daniel C. Dennett, Michael Naumann, Steven Pinker, Gábor Paál
on "Are The Disciplinary Boundaries Permeable?"
BEYOND EDGE
Daniel Dennett and Philip Kitcher's Letters To The Editor of New York Times Book Review in response to Nicholas Wade's review ("Evolution All Around") of The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins
"Two White Guys Walk Into a Bar" … Lisa Miller on Harris, Dawkins, Hitchens in Newsweek
Jerry Coyne on "A big whine from Newsweek"; "Jesus 'n' Mo 'n' Karen Armstrong
Gavin Schmidt explains how climate models are becoming an essential tool for politicians and policymakers in Physics World "Gavin A. Schmidt, a climate scientist who works with Dr. Hansen and manages a popular blog on climate science, realclimate.org, said those promoting 350 or debating the number might be missing the point."
Andrew Revkin in The New York Times
Jerome Groopman in NYRB: "the cognitive errors common in clinical medicine were initially elucidated by the psychologists Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman in their seminal work in the early 1970s
Denis Dutton's New York Times Oped "Has Conceptual Art Jumped the Shark Tank?"
Is it science or new technology that leads the way? Markoff on Brian Arthur's The Nature of Technology in NYT Science Times
Richard Dawkins: profiled in The New York Times by Sarah Lyall — "A Raconteur of Nature’s Back Story; facing off against Bill O'Rielly on Fox News; Evolving his arguments — Susan Salter Reynolds in LA Times; 'Strident? Do they mean me?' Interviewed by Emma Townshend in the Independent
"This is the most dynamic place for change on earth". Craig Venter in Time
Venter Institute Team Demonstrates Successful Cross-Species Genome Transfer in Genome Web
Michael Shermer's "An Open Letter to Bill Maher on Vaccinations" Huffington Post
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Edge 301—October 8, 2009
THE THIRD CULTURE

DOES TECHNOLOGY EVOLVE?
A Conversation with Brian Arthur
Edge Video
IN THE NEWS
The New York Times: I.B.M. Joins Pursuit of $1,000 Personal Genome
By John Markoff
BEYOND EDGE
Science Magazine online extra: Ardipithecus ramidus ("Ardi")
Tim D. White, Berhane Asfaw et al's research paper; Author's Summary; Video
Sam Harris's research paper in PLOS on "The Neural Correlates of Religious and Nonreligious Belief"
Lisa Miller in Newsweek "Fact Impact: New study of the brain shows that facts and beliefs are processed in exactly the same way."
Richard Dawkins on Colbert: "Instead of giving the evidence for evolution, Richard Dawkins wants to see the evidence for God."
"...the irritation at the gross theological ignorance and illiteracy of men like Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins who would not tolerate that level of gross travesty and cruel chariacture in a first year student..."
Greg Paul's paper on mass belief and popular religiosity in Evolutionary Psychology "The Chronic Dependence of Popular Religiosity upon Dysfunctional Psychosociological Conditions"
Sharon Begley in Newsweek "(Un)wired for God"

Edge 300—September 30, 2009
SPECIAL 300TH EDITION OF EDGE

DARWIN IN CHILE
Alvaro Fischer, Daniel C. Dennett, Leda Cosmides, John Tooby, Steven Pinker, Matt Ridley, Helena Cronin, Nicholas Humhrey, Ian McEwan
Santiago — Punta Arenas — Puerto Williams — The Beagle Channel — Tierra del Fuego — The Extreme South
An Edge Video
RICHARD DAWKING: THERE IS GRANDEUR IN THIS VIEW OF LIFE

Edge 299—September 3, 2009
THE THIRD CULTURE

DARWIN'S INTELLECTUAL LEGACY TO THE 21ST CENTURY
Edge Video
RICHARD DAWKINS & BRIAN ENO @ THE OXFORD PLAYHOUSE
IN THE NEWS
Current TV: Max and Jason Show
Bob Row's Gloria Mundi: Two Cultures, Three or Just One?
By Bob Row
BEYOND EDGE
Richard Dawkins & Brian Eno @ The Oxford Playhouse: Fri 4 September
Marc Hauser is going to the dogs in Science Magazine
The Tories' interest In Nassim Taleb's Black Swan on BBC-TV
Alison Gopnik investigates the infant mind in Scientific American interview by Jonah Lehrer
Mark Henderson: "Richard Dawkins, Brian Eno and the art of evolution" in The Times Online
Jerry Coyne: "Robert Wright: Pirouetting on the fence"; "The New Yorker takes a swipe at everyone" in which Coyne takes on critic James Woods's piece "God In The Quad"; James Woods replies; Sean Carroll and Carl Zimmer quit Bloggingheads for promoting creationism
Lisa Randall re-imagines her extradimensional theories of the universe as opera in SEED
PZ Myers: Baby Bear's lament: James Wood in the New Yorker
Sean Carroll: "Bye to Bloggingheads"
A. C. Grayling on Graham Farmelo's The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom at Barnes & Noble Review
Carl Zimmer: "Bloggingheads and the Old Challenges of New Tools"
Lawrence Krauss: New York Times OpEd Contributor: 'A One-Way Ticket to Mars'
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Edge 298—August 20, 2009
THE THIRD CULTURE

WE ARE AS GODS AND HAVE TO GET GOOD AT IT
Edge Video
Stewart Brand Talks About His Ecopragmatist Manifesto
IN THE NEWS
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: The Current Catalog of Life
By Ed Regis
Seuddeutsche Zeitung: The Walkman of Genetic Engineering
By Andrian Kreye
Spiegel Online: Heute in Den Feuilletons
Barnes & Noble Review
: The Long List
Charlie Rose: A Conversation with Theoretical Physicist and Mathematician Freeman Dyson
(10,265 words)

Edge 297—August 13, 2009
THE THIRD CULTURE

AMAZING BABIES
A Talk with Alison Gopnik
ECONOMICS IS NOT NATURAL SCIENCE
An Edge Original Essay
By Douglas Rushkoff
THE EVOLUTION OF COOKING
An Edge Encore
A Talk With Richard Wrangham
MONEY, DESIRE, PLEASURE, PAIN
An Edge Original Essay
By Emanuel Derman
FIVE PROBLEMS IN THE PHILOSOPHY OF MIND
By Stuart A. Kauffman
THE REALITY CLUB
George Dyson on Rushkoff's "Economics Is Not Natural Science"
David Gross, Frank Schirrmacher, Lawrence Krauss, Denis Dutton on "A Short Course On Synthetic Genomics"
(27,200 words)

Edge 296—August 5, 2009
THE THIRD CULTURE

A SHORT COURSE ON SYNTHETIC GENOMICS
Edge Master Class 2009
George Church & J. Craig Venter
EDGE SUMMER READING
Recent and forthcoming titles from Edge Contributors
THE REALITY CLUB
Tim O'Reilly, Ed Regis, Victoria Stodden, Jesse Dylan, George Dyson, Alexandra Zukerman
on "A Short Course on Synthetic Genomics"
IN THE NEWS
THE NEW YORK TIMES: Synthetic Life
By John Markoff
THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS: When Science & Poetry Were Friends
By Freeman Dyson
(7,700 words)

Edge 295—July 27, 2009
THE THIRD CULTURE

THEORY OF GAMES AND ECONOMIC MISBEHAVIOR
An Edge Original Essay
By George Dyson
BRIAN GOODWIN
(1931 - 2009)
BRIAN C. GOODWIN: A EULOGY
By Stewart Kauffman
THE REALITY CLUB
Jaron Lanier & PZ Myers on Brian Goodwin
Neri Oxman on Who and/or what was fresh and new at SciFoo '09?
IN THE NEWS
Washington Times: Books: 'What's Next: Dispatches on the Future of Science"
By Julie Robison
The Futurist: "...Brockman gives a snaeak peek of the next generation of scientific discovery"
Times & Transcript: Time flies faster as we age... or so it seems
By Norbert Cunningham
Newsweek
: What's in a Word?
by Sharon Begley
BEYOND EDGE
A. C. Grayling on Alison Gopnik's The Philosophical Baby in Barnes & Noble Review
Sam Harris's NYTimes OpEd on the Francis Collins nomination: "Science Is in the Details"
"The silliest smear."
Malcolm Gladwell in The New Yorker: "In conflicts involving mutual assessment, an exaggerated assessment of the probability of winning increases the probability of winning," Richard Wrangham, a biological anthropologist at Harvard, writes. "Selection therefore favors this form of overconfidence."
IEEE Spectrum Special Issue on "The Singularity" John Horgan Rodney Brooks, Jaron Lanier, Steven Pinker, David Dalrymple, Esther Dyson, Daniel Dennett, Ray Kurzweil, Neal Gershenfeld, and more
Jerry Coyne on Colin Tudge's The Link in Barnes & Noble Review
"The Dawkins Dogma" by Fern Elsdon-Baker in New Scientist
"Richard Dawkins under fire: Ready, aim, miss" in The Economist
Chris Anderson explains to Colbert how it's possible for companies to make money by providing free services.
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Edge 294—July 16, 2009
THE THIRD CULTURE
@ Sci Foo '09
THE REALITY CLUB
Who and/or what was fresh and new at SciFoo '09?
WHAT'S NEXT?
Dispatches on the Future of Science
Edited By Max Brockman
OUT OF OUR MINDS: HOW DID HUMANS COME DOWN FROM THE TREES AND WHY DID NO ONE FOLLOW?
By Vanessa Woods & Brian Hare
IN THE NEWS
The Times Higher Education Supplement: Bubble Trouble
By Philip Gerrans
BEYOND EDGE
God vs. Science — The 2006 TIME Magazine debate between Richard Dawkins and Francis Collins
Robert Wright: "When it comes to foreign policy, a right-wing bias afflicts not just Hitchens's world view, but the whole ideology of "new atheism," especially as seen in the work of Hitchens allies Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins."
Stewart Brand's TED Talk proclaims 4 environmental 'heresies'; rethinks his positions on cities, nuclear power, genetic modification and geo-engineering
Scott Atran on "The Moral Failure of Our Intelligence"
Colin Tudge on Geoffrey Miller
Jerry Coyne: Steven Pinker on Francis Collins
Jerry Coyne: Science and religion are compatible but only in the trivial sense that someone can be a scientist and be religious at the same time."; Shirky's refutation on Edge of what he calls "The Doctrine of Joint Belief."
P.Z. Myers on Collins appointment to the NIMH
Daniel Dennett at the Darwin celebration at Cambridge University
Steven Pinker asks "Why is There Peace?
Jonah Lehrer on Richard Dawkins's Greatest Show on Earth i
Exxon & Craig Venter: $600 Million investment to make fuel from algae
Jerry Coyne: Unscientific America. Part 1. — "In the end, Unscientific America is a frame around a big fat empty space"
Charlie Rose: A conversation with Neurologist V.S. Ramachandran
"Farming must compete actively and vigorously with other potential employers to attract the best people". In Colin Tudge's new blog: Campaign For New Farming
Douglas Rushkoff discusses the downfalls of operating the world like a corporation with Colbert
Paul Davies: The idea that quantum mechanics can explain many fundamental aspects of life is resurging
Leonard Susskind on Darwin's impact on physics and cosmology i
John Horgan tells us how humans could end war
Alan Guth wins 2009 Newton Award: For his invention of the inflationary universe model, his recognition that inflation would solve major problems confronting then-standard cosmology, and his calculation, with others, of the spectrum of density fluctuations that gave rise to structure in the universe
Steven Pinker: "Collins is an advocate of profoundly anti-science beliefs, and it is reasonable for the scientific community to ask him how these beliefs will affect his administration of the NIH and his efforts on behalf of the scientific enterprise."
Lisa Randall: "An opera about string theory and five-dimensional space is hard to imagine. But one premiered recently in Paris. "
Chris Anderson's free unpacks a paradox of the online market-place—people making money charging nothing. What was once just a marketing gimmick has morphed into the basis of a trillion-dollar economy
Marc D. Hauser on "The possibility of impossible cultures"
Daniel Dennett on "the folly of pretense": "I am confident that those who believe in belief are wrong. That is, we no more need to preserve the myth of God in order to preserve a just and stable society than we needed to cling to the Gold Standard to keep our currency sound. It was a useful crutch, but we've outgrown it."
"It's an ambitious, some might say foolhardy, enterprise to write a comprehensive account of the life and work of Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno"
Needless to say, Richard Dawkins, the secular fundamentalist Oxford don, and AC Grayling, the philosopher who is reliably wrong-headed, got in on the act.

Edge 293—July 9, 2009

THE THIRD CULTURE
MAPPING THE NEANDERTHAL GENOME
A Conversation with Svante Pääbo
IN THE NEWS
Newsweek: Biology's Odd Couple
By Lily Huang
New Scientist: What can DNA tell us? Place your bets now
by Lewis Wolpert and Rupert Sheldrake
BEYOND EDGE
• A.C. Grayling remarks on the preference for dogma over kindless in recent campagn by religious leaders against euthanasia
Kevin Kelly observes that cities are a technological choice predicated upon supporting agricultural technology
AC Grayling, 60, philosopher: "What I Know"
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Edge 292—July 2, 2009

THE THIRD CULTURE
THE PHYSICS THAT WE KNOW
A Conversation with Gavin Schmidt
BEYOND EDGE
• From Newsweek's "Fifty Books For Our Times": #4. The Big Switch By Nicholas Carr, #17. The Trouble With Physics By Lee Smolin, #39. Why Evolution Is True By Jerry A. Coyne
• Malcolm Gladwell tales on the digital determinists re Chris Anderson's Free
• Lera Boroditsky on how language shapes us
• Chris Anderson Responds to Gladwell, "Dear Malcolm: Why so threatened?"
• Geoffrey Miller's "most expensive" and "happiness" lists
• Lee Smolin argues against the timeless multiverse
• Jerry Coyne speaks to the redundancy of theology
• A response to Malcolm Gladwell's critique of Free: "Macolm is wrong"
• PZ Myers: "I may not be perfectly rational, but my magic invisible monkeys are!"
Jonathan Harris, edgy as Sputnik on The Sputnik Observatory for the Study of Contemporary Culture
Times reports on Dawkins' rational scepticism-based children's camp whose motto is "It's Beyond Belief"
• Sean Carroll "shrug[s] and agree[s] that many older scientists do all sorts of crazy things" when it comes to Newton's later years...
• A.C. Grayling remarks on the preference for dogma over kindless in recent campagn by religious leaders against euthanasia
• Craig Venter interviewed by Richard Dawkins's in his award-winning tv program, The Genius of Charles Darwin: The Uncut Interviews
• Paul Krassner, Yippie! co-founder and provocateur takes on Larry King in mock interview
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Edge 291—June 25
, 2009

THE THIRD CULTURE
WHAT'S NEXT?

Dispatches on the Future of Science
Edited by Max Brockman
BRAIN TIME
By David M. Eagleman

WHAT'S NEXT
BEYOND EDGE
• Sam Harris and Philip Ball discuss the conflict between religion and science. They do not agree…
• Steven Pinker, Anne Wojcicki, George Church get taken on by Charlie Rose
• A.C. Grayling on a neuroscientist's attempt to "rewire her own brain."
• Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences under fire
• Sean Carroll on incompatibility of Science and Religion
• What being mugged taught Douglas Rushkoff about the financial crisis
• Michael Shermer on "The Baloney Detection Kit"
• Josh Timomen's first RDF TV Video
• Sean Carroll: Are we living in the Golden age of cosmology?
• PZ Myers on "a game that apes scientific institutions"
• Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, AC Grayling, and Edwin Cartlidge's correspondence regarding the Templeton Foundation
• Sharon Begley on E.O. Wilson, Stephen Jay Gould, David Buss, Geoffrey Miller and Evo-Psych: "Why Do We Rape, Kill and Sleep Around?"
• Tim Radford re-reads Pinker's Blank Slate and asks, "Are We Prisoners of Our Genes?"
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Edge 290—June 19, 2009

THE THIRD CULTURE
THE SIMPLIFIER
A Talk with John Bargh
WHAT'S NEXT
Very Short List
Arts & Letters Daily
Los Angeles Times
THE REALITY CLUB
The Big Accomodationism Debate (Continued):
• Russell Blackford: NOMA no more - the great accommodationism debate
• Jerry Coyne: Brown + Ruse vs. Myers: Are atheists responsible for creationism?
• PZ Myers: A little sympathy for the snookered
• Coyne: Science vs. theism: a debate with Kenneth Miller. Part II: Out of context
BEYOND EDGE
• Lawrence Krauss takes on the God Squad at the World Science Festival
• Clay Shirky's Ted Talk at the State Department: How Twitter can make history
• PZ Myers on Stephen Jay Gould and the Politics of Evolution
• Antony Valenti goes beyond the pragm
atic "shut up and calculate" mentality that stifled attempts to probe what Quantum Mecanics Really Means
• Look out, creationists. There’s a new sheriff in town, and he talks like an Oxford don
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Edge 289—June 12, 2009

THE THIRD CULTURE
HOW DOES OUR LANGUAGE SHAPE THE WAY WE THINK?
By Lera Boroditsky
NEW SCIENTIST
Top scientists predict the future of science
By Amanda Gefter
THE REALITY CLUB
The Big Accomodationism Debate
Jerry Coyne, Chris Mooney, "Erratic Synapse", Kenneth Miller, Jason Rosenhouse, P.Z. Myers
James O'Donnell, Marc D. Hauser on "The Impending Demise of the University"
BEYOND EDGE
• Daniel Engber's Edge Question response to "What have you changed your mind about?" begets a five-part series on animal research for Slate
• Carolyn Porco's Cassini Imaging Team releases "a series of images and movies, dramatic and stark, revealing the waves on the edges of the Keeler gap in Saturn's A ring to be mile-high giants, towering over the rings surrounding them"
• Don Tapscott talks about his Edge Feature, "The Impending Demise of the University", on Huffington Post. 91 comments in 18 hours
• "Accommodation" debate: posts in chronological order (suggested presentation)
• Nicholas Kristof's NYT column on Richard Nisbett's "Intelligence and How to Get It"
• Alan Alda, Edward O. Wilson at World Science Festival opening
• Dennis Overbye at Brian Greene's Cosmic Circus
• Daniel C. Dennett and Richard Dawkins The Genius of Charles Darwin: The Uncut Interviews
• Steven Pinker and Richard Dawkins The Genius of Charles Darwin: The Uncut Interviews
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Edge 288—June 4, 2009

THE THIRD CULTURE
THE IMPENDING DEMISE OF THE UNIVERSITY
By Don Tapscott
THE REALITY CLUB
Stewart Brand, Alun Anderson, Laurence C. Smith on "Will We Decamp for the Nortern Rim?" By Laurence C. Smith
ARTICLES OF NOTE
The New York Times: Wisdom in a Cleric’s Garb; Why Not a Lab Coat Too? Learning to Accept
By Dennis Overbye
Newsweek: Can Admitting a Wrong Make It Right?
By Christopher Dickey
Science:
RETROSPECTIVE: John Maddox (1925–2009)
By Nicholas Wade
The Wall Street Journal: Black Swan Fund Makes a Big Bet on Inflation
By Scott Patterson
The New York Times: A Human Language Gene Changes the Sound of Mouse Squeaks
By Nicholas Wade
Newsweek: Let's Talk About God
By Lisa Miller
The New York Times: Would You Slap Your Father? If So, You're a Liberal
By Nicholas D. Kristof
The New York Times: Guest Column: Guest Column: Loves Me, Loves Me Not (Do the Math)
By Steven Strogatz
The New York Times: Why Are Humans Different From All Other Apes? It's the Cooking, Stupid
By Dwight Garner
(11,675 words)

Edge 287—May 27, 2009

THE THIRD CULTURE
WHAT'S NEXT?
Dispatches on the Future of Science
Edited by Max Brockman
WILL WE DECAMP FOR THE NORTHERN RIM?
By Laurence C. Smith
ARTICLES OF NOTE
The New York Times: Why Are Humans Different From All Other Apes? It’s the Cooking, Stupid
By Dwight Garner
BBC News: Eno artwork lights up opera house
The New York Times
: Learning to Accept the Unknowable
Dr. Nathan Wolfe
Fast Company: 100 Most Creative People in Business—43. Neri Oxman
By Anya Kamenetz
Interview Magazine: Neri Oxman
By John Ortved
The New York Times: The Coming Superbrain
By John Markoff
WIRED Magazine: Secret of Googlenomics: Data-Fueled Recipe Brews Profitability
By Steven Levy
WIRED Magazine: The New New Economy: More Startups, Fewer Giants, Infinite Opportunity
By Chris Anderson
WIRED Magazine
: The New Socialism: Global Collectivist Society Is Coming Online
By Kevin Kelly
Los Angeles Times
: Why is Charlotte Allen so mad at atheists?
By P.Z. Myers
Bloggingheads TV: Science Saturday: Cooking and Violence Edition
John Horgan, Richard Wrangham
(10,350 words)

Edge 286—May 21, 2009

THE THIRD CULTURE
CHIMERAS OF EXPERIENCE
A Conversation with Jonah Lehrer
SEED CELEBRATES THE QUESTIONS C.P. SNOW RAISED 50 YEARS AGO BY ASKING: WHERE ARE WE NOW?
ARTICLES OF NOTE
The New York Times: What You Don’t Know Makes You Nervous
By Daniel Gilbert
The New York Times: Guest Column: Math and the City
By Steven Strogatz
The New York Times—Tierney Lab
: Message in What We Buy, but Nobody's Listening
By John Tierney
The Reason Project Launches Its Website
Publishers Weekly: Rip My Book, Please
By Andrew Richard Albanese
Newsweek: Science Cult
By John Horgan
Newsweek: I, Robot
By Daniel Lyons
PBS
—Bill Moyers Journal: Daniel Goleman explains to Bill Moyers how better educated consumers can help build a sustainable economy
Nature: How much reason do you want?
By Philip Ball
Los Angeles Times: Atheists: No God, no reason, just whining
By Charlotte Allen
SEED
: Alison Gopnik Describes New Experiments in Developmental Psychology That Show Everything We Think We Know About Babies Is Wrong
By Evan Lerner
New Scientist
: How to map the multiverse
by Anil Ananthaswamy
The Washington Post: paidContent.org - Condé Nast's Carey And Wired's Anderson: Pursuing The 'Fremium' Model
By David Kaplan
Cosmos: Rage of reason
By Robin McKie
(11,700 words)

Edge 285—May 15, 2009

THE THIRD CULTURE
THE ECONOMIC MANHATTAN PROJECT — THE VIDEOS
THE AGE OF PANDEMICS
By Larry Brilliant
ARTICLES OF NOTE
True/Slant: Religion, agnostics, and the cure for baldness
By Matt Tiabbi
The New York Times: The American Press on Suicide Watch
By Frank Rich
The Boston Globe
: Perfectly Happy
By Drake Bennett
Pharyngula: The Templeton conundrum
By PZ Myers
Prospect: A living art reborn
By Brian Eno
Süddeutsche Zeitung: "Seid nicht böse!"
Von Alex Rühle
Der Spiegel
: Heute in den Feuilletons
Business Day: There is no question more important to us than our mortality
By Michel Pireu
Now On PBS: Predicting Pandemics
The Reason Project: Truckling to the Faithful
By Jerry Coyne
The New Yorker: Brain Games
By John Colapinto
Pharyngula
: The Eagleton Delusion
By PZ Myers
The New York Times: God Talk
By Stanley Fish
Nature: The worst-case scenario
By Stephen Schneider
Nature: Climate change: Too much of a bad thing
By Gavin Schmidt & David Archer
Nature: Q&A: Larry Brilliant
Declan Butler
Nature: Obama says more money
By Jeff Tollefson
The Boston Globe: Beyond Belief
By Nathan Schneider
(8,200 words)

Edge 284—May 7, 2009

ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PUBLICATION OF
C.P. SNOW'S REDE LECTURE, "THE TWO CULTURES"
An Edge Special Edition

Edge 283—May 1, 2009

THE THIRD CULTURE
MADDOX BY HIS SUCCESSOR
By Philip Campbell
HOW TO PREVENT A PANDEMIC
By Nathan Wolfe
ARTICLES OF NOTE
Nature: Obituary: John Maddox (1925-2009)
By Walter Gratzer
The Boston Globe: Inside the Baby Mind
By Jonah Lehrer
ABC News: Good Morning America
: Swine Flu Hits Mexico
Dr. Nathan Wolfe
Nature: Tech Titans Plan to Save the Planet
New York Times: Editorial: Photos from Saturn
New York Times: Don't Waste Time Cutting Emissions
By Bjorn Lomborg
(6,000 words)

Edge 282—April 24, 2009

THE THIRD CULTURE
EDGE LONDON DINNER — 2009 PHOTO ALBUM
April 20, 2009 — Zilly Fish, London
LORD OF THE CLOUD
John Markoff and Clay Shirky Talk to David Gelernter
An Edge Roundtable
DO WOMEN HAVE BETTER EMPATHY THAN MEN?
Simon Baron-Cohen
ARTICLES OF NOTE

Newsweek: Truth and Consequences
By Daniel Goleman
Why Evolution Is True: Truckling to the Faithful: A Spoonful of Jesus Helps Darwin Go Down
By Jerry Coyne
New York Times: A Conversation With Richard Wrangham
By Claudia Dreifus
Wall Street Journal: How the E-Book Will Change the Way We Read and Write
By Steven Johnson
New Republic: Nudge-ocracy
by Franklin Foer and Noam Scheiber
The New York Times Magazine: The Green Mind: Why Isn’t the Brain Green?
By Jon Gertner
The New York Times Magazine: Domains | Stewart Brand: On the Waterfront
By Edward Lewine
The New York Times Magazine: Natural Happiness
By Paul Bloom
Publishers Weekly: The Original Joy of Cooking:PW Talks with Author Richard Wrangham
by Will Boisvert
Huffington Post: The Moral Measure of a Civilization Is in Its Treatment of Enemies
By Scott Atran
The Australian: No, we don't need five planets
By Bjorn Lomborg
The Wall Street Journal: Deal Journal: Financial Meltdown: The Ultimate Human Error
The Wall Street Journal: Firm Lets Others Choose Startups
By Jessica E. Vascellaro
Newsweek: It Doesn't Have To Hurt
By Richard Thaler
Physics World: Cover Story: In search of the black swan
(15,300 words)

Edge 281—April 15, 2009

THE THIRD CULTURE
PRESSING QUESTIONS FOR OUR CENTURY
A Talk With AC Grayling
SIR JOHN MADDOX
1925-2009
COMPLEXITY AND CATASTROPHE
A Talk With John Maddox
TEN PRINCIPLES FOR A BLACK-SWAN-ROBUST WORLD
By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
ARTICLES OF NOTE

Arts & Letters Daily: Sir John Maddox, skeptical prophet who enlivened Nature, is dead at the age of 83
The New York Times: How to Raise Our I.Q.
By Nicholas Kristof
The Guardian
: John Maddox1925-2009
By Philip Campbell
The New York Times
: John Maddox, Editor Who Enlivened Nature, Is Dead at 83
By William Grimes
Nature: John Maddox 1925-2009
By Philip Campbell
The Sunday Times
: Open Minds: Atheists can celebrate the soul at Easter too, says the psychologist Nicholas Humphrey
The Hindu: Mirroring the World
By Sruthi Krishnan
The Korea Times: What Are You Optimistic About?
The Maui News: Haku Mo'olelo
By Edwin Tanjiy
Science: Darwin Applies to Medical School
By Elizabeth Pennisi
Science Friday: Live from ASU's Origins Symposium
(15,300 words)

Edge 280—April 10, 2009

THE THIRD CULTURE
"KRAUSSFEST 2009"
At Origins of Life Symposium — A.S.U.
THE QUICK BUCK JUST BECAME QUICKER
By Heinz Pagels
THE REALITY CLUB
Jaron Lanier, Joseph Traub, and Lee Smolin on Heinz Pagels
ARTICLES OF NOTE

Scientific American: Do Parents Matter?
Johnah Lehrer interviews Judith Rich Harris
The New York Times: The End of Philosophy
By David Brooks
The Wall Street Journal: Jesse Dylan Experiments With Science
By Amy Dockser Marcus
The New York Times: Memories: Good, Bad and Erasable
By Jim Dwyer
New Statesman: Religion: The Tony Blair Foundation
By Richard Dawkins
New Scientist: Existential Vertigo Over Human Origins
By Amanda Gefter
The New York Times: Brain Power
By Benedict Carey
TIME: The TIME 100: Richard Nisbett
TIME: Lured Toward the Right Choice
By Barbara Kiviat
TIME: How Obama Is Using the Science of Change
(11,350 words)

Edge 279—April 1, 2009

THE THIRD CULTURE
THE END OF UNIVERSAL RATIONALITY
A Talk With Yochai Benkler
EDGE VIDEO

THE TRADESCANT'S ARK EXPERIMENT
Tim Taylor
THE REALITY CLUB
MUST WE ALWAYS CATER TO THE FAITHFUL WHEN TEACHING SCIENCE?
By Jerry Coyne
ON "NEWSPAPERS AND THINKING THE UNTHINKABLE"By Clay Shirky
Marc Frons
ARTICLES OF NOTE

Newsweek: Rage Against the Art Gene
By Jeremy McCarter
The Economist: The Ethics of DNA databasing
By J. Craig Venter
New Humanist: Book Review: Questions of Truth: God, Science and Belief by John Polkinghorne and Nicholas Beale
By AC Grayling
Financial Analysts Journal: Models
By Emanuel Derman
The Times: Nature V Nurture? Please Don't Ask
By Mark Henderson
The New York Times: Vast Spy System Loots Computers in 103 Countries
By John Markoff
The New York Times: Sunday Book Review: Get Smart
By Jim Holt
New York Times Magazine: Cover Story: The Civil Heretic
By Nicholas Dawidoff
The New York Times: Wikipedia Exploring Fact City
By Noam Cohen
TED Talks: Nathan Wolfe: Hunting the Next Killer Virus
Salon: Two Avant-Gardists Join Artistic Forces
By Larry Blumenfeld
Reason Online: 21st-Century Mind
Howard Gardner Interviewed by Jonah Lehrer
Barnes & Noble Review: Why Evolution Is True
By AC Grayling
(12,300 words)

Edge 278—March 25, 2009

THE THIRD CULTURE
BY THE LATE JOHN BROCKMAN
40th Anniversary Edition
THE NEW YORK TIMES SUNDAY BOOK REVIEW
Our Two Cultures
By Peter Dizikes
EDGE VIDEO

SOME LIKE IT HOT
Steve Jones
THE REALITY CLUB
ON "NEWSPAPERS AND THINKING THE UNTHINKABLE" By Clay Shirky
Nicholas Carr, Martin Wattenberg & Fernanda Viégas
ARTICLES OF NOTE

New York Review of Books: Leaping Into the Great Unknown
By Freeman Dyson
The Hindu: Mirroring The World
By Sruthi Krishnan
Scientific American: How To Prevent The Next Pandemic
By Nathan Wolfe
Popular Science: Who Protects The Internet?
By James Geary
Arthur Magazine: Let It Die
By Douglas Rushkoff
Physics World: Cosmic Visions
Pharyngula: The Fertilized Egg Is Not A Human Life
By PZ Myers
CBS: The Big Bang Theory
By Doctor George Smoot
Wall Street Journal: Two Avant-Gardists Join Artistic Forces
By Larry Blumenfeld
SEED Magazine: Paul Steinhardt + Peter Galison
Seed Salon
Scientific American: Building The 21st-Century Mind
Howard Gardner Interviewed by Jonah Lehrer
Big Think: Daniel Dennett Discusses The Problem Of Robotic Warfare
(6,000 words)

Edge 277—March 17, 2009

THE THIRD CULTURE
NEWSPAPERS AND THINKING THE UNTHINKABLE
By Clay Shirky
TED TALK: DAN DENNETT
Cute, sexy, sweet and funny — an evolutionary riddle
SERPENTINE-EDGE EXPERIMENT MARATHON

A COOPERATIVE FORAGING EXPERIMENT—LESSONS FROM ANTS
Seirian Sumner
Edge Video
ARTICLES OF NOTE

The Wall Street Journal: Islamic Creationist Stirs Darwinian Struggle
By Andrew Higgins
The New York Times
: In One Ear and Out the Other
By Natalie Angier
TIME:10 Ideas Changing The World Right Now
By Brian Walsh
Washington Post: A Conversation With Nassim Taleb
Financial Times: How The Bank Bonuses Let Us All Down
By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The New York Times: The Looting Of America's Coffers
By David Leonhardt
The Independent
: Belief And The Brain's 'God Spot'
By Steve Connor
The New York Times: They Tried To Outsmart Wall Street
By Dennis Overbye
Foundational Questions In Physics & Cosmology: Exploring The Universe Of Possibilites
The New York Times: G.O.P. Senators Say Some Big Banks Can Be Allowed To Fail
By J. David Goodman and Brian Knowlton
Bloomberg: arvard Scientists' Discovery Opens Door To Synthetic Life
By John Lauerman
The New York Times: For Twitter C.E.O., Well-Orchestrated Accidents
By Evan Williams
The Telegraph: Charles Darwin And Craig Venter: How Different Could Two Men Be?
By Emma Hartley
Prospect: Think Big
By Brian Eno
New Scientist: Is Time An Illusion?
By Amanda Gefter
(9,000 words)

Edge 276—March 4, 2009

THE THIRD CULTURE
IS THERE A HIGGS?
A Talk With Brian Cox
Edge video
SERPENTINE~EDGE EXPERIMENT MARATHON
Lewis Wolpert: HOW OUR LIMBS ARE PATTERNED LIKE THE FRENCH FLAG
Edge video
EDGE IN THE NEWS

GLOBAL ROUNDUP: Gazeteport.com (Turkey), Salzburger Nachtrichen (Austria), HP/D (Germany), Ohmy News (Korea), Business Day (South Africa), Pagina|12 (Spain), La Repubblica (Italy), La Stampa (Italy), Vrij Nederland (Netherlands), El Periodico.com (Spain), Il Sole 24 Ore (Italy)
IN THE NEWS

Boston Globe: Learning From Slums
By Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow
American Scientist
: Short Takes on Three Books
By Greg Ross
The Times: A handy little guide to small talk in the Stone Age
BBC News: 'Oldest English words' identified
The New York Times: Scandanavian Nonbelievers, Which Is Not to Say Atheists
By Peter Steinfels
Richard Dawkins.net: The Four Horsemen HD
Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett
The Economist: Unfinished Business
The Sun: Computing the Cost
By Arnie Cooper
TIME: Why Parents (Still) Don't Matter
By Kathleen Kingsbury
Washington Note: The Obama Code
By George Lakoff
(10,400 words)

Edge 275—February 24, 2009

THE THIRD CULTURE
ART AND HUMAN REALITY
A Talk With Denis Dutton
Introduction By Steven Pinker
Edge video
SERPENTINE~EDGE EXPERIMENT MARATHON
Armand Leroi: THE SONG OF SONGS
Edge video
TED TALKS (video)
Juan Enriquez: BEYOND THE CRISIS, MINDBOGGLING SCIENCE AND THE ARRIVAL OF HOMO EVOLUTIS
THE REALITY CLUB

Michael Shermer on DOES THE EMPIRICAL NATURE OF SCIENCE CONTRADICT THE REVELATORY NATURE OF FAITH? by Jerry Coyne
IN THE NEWS

Newsweek: The Evolution of Art
By James Q. Wilson
The Economist: What's Cooking
The Observer: Science Is Just One Gene Away From Defeating Religion
By Colin Blakemore
American Scientist: An Interview with Jerry Coyne
By Greg Ross
New Scientist: Darwin Was Right
By Daniel Dennett, Jerry Coyne, Richard Dawkins, and Paul Myers
Wall Street Journal: How I learned Not To Fear The Anti-God Squad
By Maurice O'Sullivan
The New Yorker: The Background Hum—Ian McEwan and the science of suspense
by Daniel Zalewski
Prospect: Obama's Moral Majority
By Jonathan Haidt
New Scientist: How Your Looks Betray Your Personality
By Roger Highfield, Richard Wiseman and Rob Jenkins
The Australian: The Masterly Blasphere
By Ian McEwan
Newsweek: Who Says Stress Is Bad For You?
By Mary Carmichael
The Colbert Report: Steven Pinker—February 11, 2009
Nature: Natural Selections 150 Years On
By Mark Pagel
Nature: Darwin 200: Should scientists study race and IQ?
A Debate—NO: Steven Rose—YES: Stephen Ceci & Wendy M. Williams
Nature: Darwin 200: Human Nature: The Remix
By Dan Jones
CNBC: Predicting Crisis: Dr. Doom & The Black Swan
By Nouriel Roubini and Nassim Taleb
Times Literary Supplement: Dawkins on Darwin
By Richard Dawkins
The Colbert Report: Denis Dutton—January 28, 2009
Bloggingheads.TV, Science Saturday: The Artistic Animal
By John Horgan & Denis Dutton
(12,150 words)

Edge 274—February 9, 2009

THE THIRD CULTURE
THE EDGE DINNER 2009
Long Beach, California—February 5, 2009—L'Opera
THE NEW YORKER
Where accuracy meets Flair
THE REALITY CLUB

Sam Harris, Steven Pinker on DOES THE EMPIRICAL NATURE OF SCIENCE CONTRADICT THE REVELATORY NATURE OF FAITH? by Jerry Coyne
IN THE NEWS

The Wall Street Journal, Boomtown: The "Billionaires' Dinner" at TED: Readjusted for the 2009 Econalyspe
By Kara Swisher
Washington Post: The Death of 'Rational Man'
By David Ignatius
The New York Times: When Humans Need a Nudge Toward Rationality
By Jeff Sommers
The New York Times: Education Is All in Your Mind
By Richard Nisbett
Bloomberg News: Taleb Says Nationalize Banks, You Can't Trust Them (Update2)
By Svenja O'Donnell and Francine Lacqua
Huffington Post: Gabbing with Gates: We Talk Meltdown, Malaria, Mosquitoes, and How Not Getting Enough Sleep Lowers His IQ
By Arianna Huffington
The New Scientist: Born believers: How your brain creates God
By Michael Brooks
The EconomistL Godless watch, continued
Science: Friendship as a Health Factor
Portfolio: 5 Steps to Fix the Banks
By Chris Anderson
Bloomberg News: Wall Street Bonuses May Go Way of Dodo Amid Bailouts (Update2)
By Dawn Kopecki and Christine Harper
(8,400 words)

Edge 273—January 30, 2009

THE THIRD CULTURE
WAITING FOR THE "FINAL PLAGUE"
A Talk with Nathan Wolfe
EDGE @ DLD: REFLECTIONS ON A CRISIS
Daniel Kahneman & Nassim Nicholas Taleb: A Conversation in Munich
(Moderator: John Brockman)
Edge Video
HOW WORDS COULD END A WAR
By Scott Atran and Jeremy Ginges
THE REALITY CLUB

George Dyson, Emanuel Derman, Karl W. Giberson, Kenneth R. Miller on DOES THE EMPIRICAL NATURE OF SCIENCE CONTRADICT THE REVELATORY NATURE OF FAITH? by Jerry Coyne
IN THE NEWS

Focus Online: Are Bankers Charlatans? (German Original: Sind Banker Scharlatane?)
By Ansgar Siemens, Focus online editor
Bloomberg News: Wall Street Bonuses May Go Way of Dodo Amid Bailouts (Update2)
By Dawn Kopecki and Christine Harper
The New York Times: Davos Diary: Nassim Taleb: "I Was Happy Lehman Went Bust"
Edited by Andrew Ross Sorkin
Bloomberg News: Taleb Says Nationalize Banks, You Can't Trust Them (Update2)
By Svenja O'Donnell and Francine Lacqua
The New Yorker: The Dystopians
By Ben McGrath
The Guardian: Those genius financial doomsayers: a round-up
By Stephen Moss
BBC News: How Bad Is The Crisis Going To Get
By Tim Weber
(11, 250 words)

Edge 272—January 23, 2009

THE THIRD CULTURE
COMING SOON:
EDGE @ DLD
REFLECTIONS ON A CRISIS
Daniel Kahneman & Nassim Nicholas Taleb: A Conversation in Munich
(Moderator: John Brockman)
DOES THE EMPIRICAL NATURE OF SCIENCE CONTRADICT THE REVELATORY NATURE OF FAITH?
By Jerry Coyne
An Edge Special Event
THE REALITY CLUB

Lawrence Krauss, Howard Gardner, Lisa Randall, Patrick Bateson, Daniel Everett, Daniel C. Dennett, Lee Smolin
OAF OF OFFICE
By Steven Pinker
IN THE NEWS

Publico Edição Lisboa: Cover Story—Sunday Magazine: Our Dog Will Become Our Cat
By Ana Gerschenfeld
Spiegel Online: Series Announcement: What Will change Everything
SEED: THE SEED SALON: Albert-Laszlo Barabasi + James Fowler
The New Republic: Striking a New Chord
By John McWhorter
The Sunday Herald-Sun (Melbourne): Quest for a sacred presence
By Bryan Patterson
The Wall Street Journal: The Brain, Your Honor, Will Take the Witness Stand
By Robert Lee Hotz
(6,700 words)

Edge 271—January 15, 2009

THE THIRD CULTURE
THE NOBEL PRIZE AND AFTER
A Talk with Frank Wilczek
NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE
My Genome, Myself
By Steven Pinker
NEW YORK TIMES
In Venting, a Computer Visionary Educates
By John Markoff
IN THE NEWS

El Mundo: Impíos deseos al empezar el año
By Arcadia Espada
Spiegel Online: Heute In Den Feuilletons
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: Visionen der Wissenschaft: Wenn die Intelligenz von sich selber träumt
Von Thomas Thiel
Los Angeles Times: Here's a radical idea—getting fit is fun and contagious
By Carole Carson
The Guardian: The shape of things to come
By Tom Teodorczuk
The New York Times: London Journal: Atheists Send a Message, on 800 Buses
By Sarah Lyall
(8,600 words)

Edge 270—January 7, 2009

THE WORLD QUESTION CENTER
THE EDGE ANNUAL QUESTION 2009
151 Contributors (107,000 words)
WHAT WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING?
"What game-changing scientific ideas and developments do you expect to live to see?"
Press Coverage: Arts & Letters Daily, The Guardian, The Times, Xconomy, The Guardian (Science Blog), The Telegraph, O'Reilly Radar, NPR, The Dallas Morning News, Beliefnet, The Herald, Grist, Pharyngula, Newsweek, The News & Observer
JAMES LEE BYARS
A STUDY OF POSTERITY
By Thomas McEvilley
A profile of the late James Lee Byars, founder of The World Question Center
THIRD CULTURE

SELF AWARENESS: THE LAST FRONTIER
By V.S. Ramachandran
An Edge Original Essay
THE REALITY CLUB
On "The Last Frontier" by V.S. Ramachandran: Marc D. Hauser, V.S. Ramachandran, Timothy D. Wilson, Arnold Trehub, Robert Provine
IN THE NEWS

The New York Times: LONDON JOURNAL: Atheists Send a Message, on 800 Buses
By Sarah Lyall
Letras Libres: Science in the Street
By Ramón González & Férriz Y Diego Salazar
Newsweek: On Second Thought...
By Sharon Begley
The Chronicle Review: Not So Smart: Aliens, Computers, and Universities
By Josh Fischman
The Chronicle Review: Not So Smart II: The Internet Doesn't Work So Well
By Josh Fischman
The New York Times Magazine: Risk Mismanagement
By Joe Nocera
The Guardian: Darwin shouldn't be hijacked by New Atheists—he is an ethical inspiration
By Madeline Bunting
Boston Review: God
By Alex Byrne
Toronto Star: On second thought: Why being wrong can be a good thing
By Peter Calamai
Columbia Journalism Review: Interview with Clay Shirky
By Russ Juskalian
The Times: Why the Pope is right—and wrong
By Mark Henderson
The New York Times: Not-So-Lonely Planet
By Oliver Morton
Boston Globe: Ideas: Paradigm lost
By Drake Bennett
Scientific American: The Science of Spore—The "Evolution" of Gaming
By Ed Regis
Scientific American: Evolution of the Mind: 4 Fallacies of Psychology
By David J. Buller
3 Quarks Daily: The Union of Evolution and Design
By Jonathan Pfeiffer
Scientific American: Individual versus Group in Natural Selection
By Steve Mirsky
The Economist: Why we are, as we are
Prospect: A progressive manifesto
By David Bodanis
Boston Globe: A Talk with Lisa Randall: Particle Physics, the Aria
By Samuel P. Jacobs
Nature: Towards responsible use of cognitive-enhancing drugs by the healthy
By By Henry Greely, Barbara Sahakian, John Harris, Ronald C. Kessler, Michael Gazzaniga, Philip Campbell & Martha J. Farah
(13,300 words)


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