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Edge 310—January 10, 2009
[130,000 words]




"Question 2010"
Katinka Matson
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The Edge Annual Question — 2010

HOW IS THE INTERNET CHANGING THE WAY YOU THINK?

Read any newspaper or magazine and you will notice the many flavors of the one big question that everyone is asking today. Or you can just stay on the page and read recent editions of Edge ...

Playwright Richard Foreman asks about the replacement of complex inner density with a new kind of self-evolving under the pressure of information overload and the technology of the "instantly available". Is it a new self? Are we becoming Pancake People — spread wide and thin as we connect with that vast network of information accessed by the mere touch of a button.

Technology analyst Nicholas Carr wrote the most notable of many magazine and newspaper pieces asking "Is Google Making Us Stupid". Has the use of the Web made it impossible for us to read long pieces of writing?

Social software guru Clay Shirky notes that people are reading more than ever but the return of reading has not brought about the return of the cultural icons we'd been emptily praising all these years. "What's so great about War and Peace?, he wonders. Having lost its actual centrality some time ago, the literary world is now losing its normative hold on culture as well. Is the enormity of the historical shift away from literary culture now finally becoming clear?

Science historian George Dyson asks "what if the cost of machines that think is people who don't?" He wonders "will books end up back where they started, locked away in monasteries and read by a select few?".

Web 2.0 pioneer Tim O'Reilly, ponders if ideas themselves are the ultimate social software. Do they evolve via the conversations we have with each other, the artifacts we create, and the stories we tell to explain them?

Frank Schirrmacher, Feuilleton Editor and Co-Publisher of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, has noticed that we are apparently now in a situation where modern technology is changing the way people behave, people talk, people react, people think, and people remember. Are we turning into a new species — informavores? — he asks.

W. Daniel Hillis goes a step further by asking if the Internet will, in the long run, arrive at a much richer infrastructure, in which ideas can potentially evolve outside of human minds? In other words, can we change the way the Internet thinks?

What do you think?


This year's Question is "How is the Internet changing the way YOU think?" Not "How is the Internet changing the way WE think?" We spent a lot of time going back on forth on "YOU" vs. "WE" and came to the conclusion to go with "YOU", the reason being that Edge is a conversation. "WE" responses tend to come across like expert papers, public pronouncements, or talks delivered from stage.

We wanted people to think about the "Internet", which includes, but is a much bigger subject than the Web, an application on the Internet, or search, browsing, etc., which are apps on the Web. Back in 1996, computer scientist and visionary Danny Hillis pointed out that when it comes to the Internet, "Many people sense this, but don't want to think about it because the change is too profound. Today, on the Internet the main event is the Web. A lot of people think that the Web is the Internet, and they're missing something. The Internet is a brand-new fertile ground where things can grow, and the Web is the first thing that grew there. But the stuff growing there is in a very primitive form. The Web is the old media incorporated into the new medium. It both adds something to the Internet and takes something away."

This year, I enlisted the aid of Hans Ulrich Obrist, Curator of the Serpentine Gallery in London, as well as the artist April Gornik, one of the early members of "The Reality Club" (the precursor to the online Edge) to help broaden the Edge conversation — or rather to bring it back to where it was in the late 80s/early 90s, when April gave a talk at a "Reality Club" meeting, and discussed the influence of chaos theory on her work, and when Benoit Mandelbrot showed up to discuss fractal theory and every artist in NYC wanted to be there. What then happened was very interesting. The Reality Club went online as Edge in 1996 and the scientists were all on email, the artists not. Thus, did Edge surprisingly become a science site when my own background (beginning in 1965 when Jonas Mekas hired me to manage the Film-Makers' Cinematheque) was in the visual and performance arts.

To date, 167 essayists (an array of world-class scientists, artists, and creative thinkers) have created a 130,000 document. (Click here to go directly to the responses).

John Brockman
Editor & Publisher

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January 11, 2010


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FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG
O8 Januar 2010
FEUILLETON—DEBATTE

The Question of 2010
HAS THE INTERNET CHANGED YOUR THINKING? [Google Translation]
(German Original: Wie hat das Internet Ihr Denken verändert?)
By Frank Schirrmacher

On that Friday in January 2010 published by the American literary agent John Brockman, the question of 2010: How the Internet and networked computers to change the way we think? At the core of the debate lies the question asked by science historian George Dyson: "Is the price of machines that think, people who will not do?"

Brockman, who counts some of the most important scientists of our time as his authors, this vision orbits on Edge.org with one hundred twenty-one answers. We print the most interesting in the features section. Unlike Germany, where the debate about the information age is still focused on palaver about media, Edge debates the target in depth.

Who is planning what, where, by what means?

If one takes the digital revolution seriously , one must ask to what degree the communication of the industrialized twenty-first century will change our thinking. The computer pioneer Daniel Hillis describes how even such a simple procedure such as the programming of the time on networked computers is now barely understood by many programmers. And he concludes, with regard to climate change and financial crisis: "Our machines are embodiments of our reason, and we entrust them with a large number of our decisions. In this process we have created a world that is beyond our understanding. Experts no longer talk about data, but about what computers predict with the data."

Neurobiological effects of constant multitasking lead, as Nicholas Carr writes about outsourcing, for ever-increasing dependence on computers. What if not only decisions about loans and budgets were subject to the use of computers, but also those regarding resumes? After the recent incidents in America, profiling is an even more important means of web-based "pre-crime" analysis: Who is planning what, where, by what means? But profiling what works with terrorists can also be applied to in enterprises and workplaces as Cataphora.com has shown.

Been overtaken by reality

Some of those authors presented by Brockman do not find that the Net has changed their thinking. Others see it differently. Nobody, not even the skeptics, long to return to a time before the Internet. But many make it clear that what we experience as a user is in fact only a "surfing", a movement on the surface. The German Internet debate is stuck in the nineties. Brockman's question this year sets the chord for questions that take us beyond this set of attitudes.

Frank Schirrmacher
Editor, The Feuilleton & Co-Publisher, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

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PUBLICO (LISBON) — WEEKEND MAGAZINE — COVER STORY
Technology

IS THE INTERNET CHANGING THE WAY WE THINK?

By Ana Gerschenfeld

Do you think the Internet has altered you mind at the neuronal, cognitive, processing, emotional levels? Yes, no, maybe, reply philosophers, scientists, writers, journalists to the Edge annual question 2010, in dozens of texts that are published online today

Click here for PDF of Portuguese Original

In the summer of 2008, American writer Nicholas Carr published in the Atlantic Monthly an article under the title Is Google making us stupid?: What the Internet is doing to our brains, in which highly criticized the Internet’s effects on our intellectual capabilities. The article had a high impact, both in the media and the blogosphere.

Edge.org – the intellectual online salon – has now expanded and deepened the debate through its traditional annual challenge to dozens of the world’s leading thinkers of science, technology, thought, arts, journalism. The 2010 question is: “How is the Internet changing the way you think?"

They reply that the Internet has made them (us) smarter, shallower, faster, less attentive, more accelerated, less creative, more tactile, less visual, more altruistic, less arrogant. That it has dramatically expanded our memory but at the same time made us the hostages of the present tense. The global web is compared to an ecosystem, a collective brain, a universal memory, a global conscience, a total map of geography and history.

One thing is certain: be they fans or critics, they all use it and they all admit that the Internet leaves no one untouched. No one can remain impervious to things such a Wikipedia or Google, no one can resist the attraction of instant, global, communication and knowledge.

More than 120 scientists, physicians, engineers, authors, artists, journalists met the challenge. Here, we present the gist some of their answers, including Nicholas Carr’s, who is also part of this online think tank founded by New-York literary agent John Brockman. If you have more time and think your attention span is up to it, we recommend you enjoy the whole scope of their length and diversity by visiting edge.org.

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SUEDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG (MUNICH)
JANUARY 10, 2010
TECHNOLOGY

Thinking in the Internet Age
AS THE NETWORK FORMS US (Wie das Netz uns formt)
By Jonannes Boie

The online magazine Edge asked scientists, writers and artists, such as the Internet has changed their thinking. The answers are remarkable. ...

Two billion people worldwide use the Internet. The debates about the new technology, however, are not the same everywhere. In Germany, for example, the discourse is limited on the subject of the net, as it is especially focused on media and copyright debates.

The publication of the book "Payback", co-editor Frank Schirrmacher, co-editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung presents the German debate, giving the topic the the depth it deserves.

Prior to the publication Schirrmacher 's book, the American literary agent John Brockman, interviewed him for Edge.org, the online science and culture magazine.

Schirrmacher, in his book, also asked the question — Has the Internet changed thinking? Brockman has now taken up this issue, and formulated it as his fundamental question, which he asks at the end of each year of the scientists and authors who discuss and publish on Edge.

The answers have now been published on Edge.org. The authors are 131 influential scientists, authors and artists.

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NPR — ON POINT

WHAT WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING?
Friday, January 8, 2010

Big science thinker John Brockman asked scientists around the world one question: what breakthrough will change everything? We’ve got their answers.

-Tom Ashbrook

John Brockman joins us from New York. He’s the founder of the Edge Foundation, which runs the science and technology website Edge.org. Every year, Edge asks scientists and thinkers a “big question,” and publishes the answers in a book, which Brockman edits. The latest, just out, is “This Will Change Everything: Ideas That Will Shape the Future.” It’s based on the 2009 question: “What game-changing scientific ideas and developments do you expect to live to see?” The 2010 question, “How is the internet changing the way you think?,” has just been posted.

From Cambridge, Mass., we’re joined by Frank Wilczek, Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist and professor of physics at MIT. His response to the 2009 Edge question discusses coming technological advances resulting from deeper understanding of quantum physics. He’s the author of several books on physics for the lay reader, most recently “The Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces.”

And from Berkeley, Calif., we’re joined by Alison Gopnik, professor of psychology and affiliate professor of philosophy at UC-Berkeley and an expert on cognitive and language development. Her response to the 2009 Edge question discusses the extension of human childhood. Her latest book is “The Philosophical Baby: What Children’s Minds Tell us About Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life.”


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Newsweek
January 8, 2010

Sharon Begley
YOUR BRAIN ONLINE
Does the Web change how we think?

Shortened attention span. Less interest in reflection and introspection. Inability to engage in in-depth thought. Fragmented, distracted thinking.

The ways the Internet supposedly affects thought are as apocalyptic as they are speculative, since all the above are supported by anecdote, not empirical data. So it is refreshing to hear how 109 philosophers, neurobiologists, and other scholars answered, "How is the Internet changing the way you think?" That is the "annual question" at the online salon edge.org, where every year science impresario, author, and literary agent John Brockman poses a puzzler for his flock of scientists and other thinkers. ...

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Arts & Letters Daily

Articles of Note: John Brockman’s Edge question for 2010 asks over a hundred intellectuals, “Is the Internet changing the way you think?”... more»


THE EDGE ANNUAL QUESTION BOOK SERIES
Edited by John Brockman

"An intellectual treasure trove"
San Francisco Chronicle


HOW IS THE INTERNET CHANGING THE WAY YOU THINK?


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170 CONTRIBUTORS

132,000 WORDS

 
Anthony Aguirre
Alan Alda
Alun Anderson
Chris Anderson
Noga Arikha
Scott Atran
Mahzarin R. Banaji
Albert-László Barabási
Simon Baron-Cohen
Samuel Barondes
Thomas A. Bass
Yochai Benkler
Jesse Bering
Jamshed Bharucha
Nick Bilton
Sue Blackmore
Paul Bloom
Giulio Boccaletti
Stefano Boeri
Lera Boroditsky
Nick Bostrom
Stewart Brand
John Brockman
Rodney Brooks
David M. Buss
Jason Calacanis
William Calvin
Philip Campbell
Nicholas Carr
Sean Carroll
Leo Chalupa
Nicholas Christakis
George Church
Andy Clark
June Cohen
Tony Conrad
Douglas Coupland
James Croak
M. Csikszentmihalyi
Fiery Cushman
David Dalrymple
Richard Dawkins
Aubrey De Grey
Stanislas Dehaene
Daniel Dennett
Emanuel Derman
Keith Devlin
Peter Diamandis
Chris DiBona
Eric Drexler
Jesse Dylan
Esther Dyson
George Dyson
David Eagleman
Olafar Eliasson
Brian Eno
Juan Enriquez
Daniel Everett
Paul Ewald
Hu Fang
Christine Finn
Eric Fischl
Helen Fisher
W. Tecumseh Fitch
Richard Foreman
Howard Gardner
David Gelernter
Neil Gershenfeld
Ralph Gibson
Gerd Gigerenzer
Ian & Joel Gold
Nigel Goldenfeld
Alison Gopnik
April Gornik
Joshua Greene
Haim Harari
Judith Rich Harris
Sam Harris
Daniel Haun
Marc Hauser
Marti Hearst
Virginia Heffernan
W. Daniel Hillis
Donald Hoffman
Bruce Hood
Nick Isaac
Xeni Jardin
Paul Kedrosky
Kevin Kelly
Jon Kleinberg
Brian Knutson
Terence Koh
Stephen Kosslyn
Kai Krause
Andrian Kreye
Jaron Lanier
Joseph LeDoux
Andrew Lih
Seth Lloyd
Gary Marcus
Lynn Margulis
John Markoff
Marissa Mayer
Tom McCarthy
Jonas Mekas
Thomas Metzinger
Geoffrey Miller
Dave Morin
Evgevny Morozov
David Myers
Tor Nørretranders
Hans Ulrich Obrist
James O'Donnell
Tim O'Reilly
Gloria Origgi
Neri Oxman
Mark Pagel
Gregory Paul
Irene Pepperberg
Clifford Pickover
Stuart Pimm
Steven Pinker
Ernst Pöppel
Emily Pronin
Robert Provine
Steve Quartz
Lisa Randall
Raqs Media Collective
Martin Rees
Ed Regis
Howard Rheingold
Matt Ridley
Matthew Ritchie
Rudy Rucker
Douglas Rushkoff
Karl Sabbagh
Paul Saffo
Scott D. Sampson
Larry Sanger
Robert Sapolsky
Roger Schank
Peter Schwartz
Charles Seife
Terrence Sejnowski
Robert Shapiro
Michael Shermer
Clay Shirky
Barry Smith
Laurence Smith
Lee Smolin
Galia Solomonoff
Linda Stone
Seirian Sumner
Tom Standage
Victoria Stodden
Nassim Taleb
Timothy Taylor
Max Tegmark
Frank Tipler
Fred Tomaselli
John Tooby
Arnold Trehub
Sherry Turkle
Eric Weinstein
Ai Weiwei
Frank Wilczek
Ian Wilmut
Eva Wisten
Richard Saul Wurman
Anton Zeilinger

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168 Contributors
130,00 words

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JOHN BROCKMAN
Publisher & Editor, Edge; Author, By The Late John Brockman, The Third Culture

THE COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUS


W. DANIEL HILLIS
Physicist, Computer Scientist; Chairman, Applied Minds, Inc.; Author, The Pattern on the Stone

THE DAWN OF THE ENTANGLEMENT


STEWART BRAND
Founder, Whole Earth Catalog, cofounder; The Well; cofounder, Global Business Network; Author, Whole Earth Discipline

ONE'S GUILD


HANS ULRICH OBRIST
Curator, Serpentine Gallery, London; Editor: A Brief History of Curating; Formulas for Now

EDGE A TO Z (PARS PRO TOTO)


CLAY SHIRKY
Social & Technology Network Topology Researcher; Adjunct Professor, NYU Graduate School of Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP); Author, Here Comes Everybody

THE SHOCK OF INCLUSION


ERIC FISCHL & APRIL GORNIK
Visual Artists

REPLACING EXPERIENCE WITH FACSIMILE


RICHARD DAWKINS
Evolutionary Biologist; Emeritus Professor of the Public Understanding of Science, Oxford; Author, The Greatest Show on Earth

NET GAIN


DAVE MORIN
Senior Platform Manager; Facebook; Internet Entrepreneur; Co-Inventor, Facebook Platform and Facebook Connect

CONTEXT IS KING


NASSIM N. TALEB
Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering, NYU-Poly; Principal, Universa Investments; Author, The Black Swan

THE DEGRADATION OF PREDICTABILITY — AND KNOWLEDGE


JONAS MEKAS
Film-Maker, Critic; Co-founder, Film-Makers' Cooperative, Filmmaker’s Cinematheque, Anthology Film Archives

I AM NOT EXACTLY A THINKING PERSON — I AM A POET


KEVIN KELLY
Editor-At-Large, Wired; Author, New Rules for the New Economy

AN INTERMEDIA WITH 2 BILLION SCREENS PEERING INTO IT


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GEORGE DYSON
Science Historian; Author, Darwin Among the Machines

KAYAKS vs CANOES


BRIAN ENO
Artist; Composer; Recording Producer: U2, Cold Play, Talking Heads, Paul Simon; Recording Artist

THE 'AUTHENTIC' HAS REPLACED THE REPRODUCIBLE


MARISSA MAYER
Vice President, Search Products & User Experience, Google

IT'S NOT WHAT YOU KNOW, IT'S WHAT YOU CAN FIND OUT


MARTIN REES
President, The Royal Society; Professor of Cosmology & Astrophysics; Master, Trinity College, University of Cambridge; Author, Our Final Century: The 50/50 Threat to Humanity's Survival

A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD


ANDRIAN KREYE
Editor, The Feuilleton (Arts and Essays), of the German Daily Newspaper, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Munich

THE GREATEST OF ALL TRAITS: THE INTERNET HAS BECOME INHERENTLY BORING


PHILIP CAMPBELL
Editor-in Chief, Nature

NIGHT-TIME IDEAS


HOWARD RHEINGOLD
Communications Expert; Author, Smart Mobs

ATTENTION IS THE FUNDAMENTAL LITERACY


ESTHER DYSON
Catalyst, Information Technology Startups, EDventure Holdings; Former Chariman,Electronic Frontier Foundation and ICANN; Author: Release 2.1

INFORMATION METABOLISM


LARRY SANGER
Co-founder of Wikipedia and Citizendium

THE UN-FOCUSING, DE-LIBERATING EFFECTS OF JOINING THE HIVE MIND


GEORGE CHURCH
Professor, Harvard University, Director, Personal Genome Project.

SORRY, JOHN, NO TIME TO THINK ABOUT THE EDGE QUESTION 


LISA RANDALL
Physicist, Harvard University; Author, Warped Passages

"THE PLURAL OF ANECDOTES IS NOT DATA"


GERD GIGERENZER
Psychologist; Director of the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin; Author, Gut Feelings

OUTSOURCING THE MIND


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SCOTT ATRAN
Anthropologist, National Center for Scientific Research, Paris; Author, In Gods We Trust

THE FOURTH PHASE OF HOMO SAPIENS


DOUGLAS COUPLAND
Writer, Artist, Designer; Author, Generation A

TRANSIENCE IS NOW PERMANENCE & THE FATE OF THE MIDDLE CLASSES (DOOMED)


STEPHEN M. KOSSLYN
Psychologist, Dean of Social Sciences, Harvard University;Co- Author, Fundamentals of Psychology in Context

A SMALL PRICE TO PAY


KAI KRAUSE
Software Pioneer, Author 'I think... there... 4am'

REAL ETHEREAL ETHER: A MILLION LEMMINGS CAN BE WRONG


W. TECUMSEH FITCH
Department of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna; Author, The Evolution of Language

EVOLVING A GLOBAL BRAIN


JAMES O'DONNELL
Classicist; Provost, Georgetown University; Author, The Ruin of the Roman Empire

MY FINGERS HAVE BECOME PART OF MY BRAIN


TERENCE KOH
Artist

a completely new form of sense


SETH LLOYD
Quantum Mechanical Engineer, MIT; Author, Programming the Universe

MOVE ASIDE, SEX


SEIRIAN SUMNER
Research Fellow in Evolutionary Biology, Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London

BY CHANGING MY BEHAVIOUR, OVER AND OVER AGAIN


NICHOLAS A. CHRISTAKIS
Physician and Social Scientist, Harvard University; Coauthor, Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives

MEET THE NEW BRAIN, SAME AS THE OLD BRAIN


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NERI OXMAN
Architect, Researcher, MIT; Founder, Materialecology

ONCE I WAS LOST, BUT NOW I AM FOUND, OR HOW TO NAVIGATE IN THE CHARTROOM OF MEMORY


ALUN ANDERSON
Senior Consultant (and former Editor-in-Chief and Publishing Director of New Scientist); Author, After the Ice: Life, Death, and Geopolitics in the New Arctic

IF YOU DON'T CHANGE THE WAY YOU THINK, YOU RISK EXTINCTION


ALBERT-LÁSZLÓ BARABÁSI
Complex Network Scientist; Distinguished Professor and Director of Northeastern University's Center for Complex Network Research; Author, Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else

MY SIXTH SENSE


LEE SMOLIN
Physicist, Perimeter Institute; Author, The Trouble With Physics

WE HAVE BECOME HUNTER GATHERERS OF IMAGES AND INFORMATION


TOM MCCARTHY
Artist & Writer; Author: Remainder, Men in Space

THE INTERNET REIFIES A LOGIC THAT WAS ALWAYS ALREADY THERE


JOHN MARKOFF
Journalist; Covers Silicon Valley for The New York Times; Author, What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry

WHO SAID IT WAS GOING TO GET BETTER?


SAM HARRIS
Neuroscientist; Chairman, The Reason Project; Author, Letter to a Christian Nation

THE UPLOAD HAS BEGUN


PETER H. DIAMANDIS, MD
Chairman/CEO, X PRIZE Foundation

INSTANT GRATIFICATION


NICK BOSTROM
Philosopher; Professor, Oxford University; Director, Future of Humanity Institute; Editor, Human Enhancement

MOST STILL TO COME


DAVID G. MYERS
Social psychologist, Hope College; Author A Quiet World: Living with Hearing Loss

THE INTERNET AS SOCIAL AMPLIFIER


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RUDY RUCKER
Mathematician, Computer Scientist; CyberPunk Pioneer; Novelist; Author, Lifebox, the Seashell, and the Soul

SEARCH AND EMERGENCE


LINDA STONE
Hi-Tech Industry Consultant; Former Executive at Apple Computer and Microsoft Corporation

NAVIGATING PHYSICAL AND VIRTUAL LIVES


BARRY C. SMITH
Professor & Director, Institute of Philosophy School of Advanced Study University of London

THINKING MORE ABOUT LESS OR LESS ABOUT MORE?


ROBERT SHAPIRO
Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Senior Research Scientist, New York University; Author, Planetary Dreams

PUBLICATIONS CAN PERISH


CHRIS DIBONA
Open Source and Public Sector, Google

EPHEMERA AND BACK AGAIN


ANDY CLARK
Philosopher and Cognitive Scientist, University of Edinburgh. Author: Supersizing the Mind: Embodiment, Action, and Cognitive Extension

WHAT KIND OF A DUMB QUESTION IS THAT?


EVGENY MOROZOV
Commentator on Internet and politics "Net Effect" blog; Contributing editor, Foreign Policy

WHAT DO WE THINK ABOUT? WHO GETS TO DO THE THINKING?


VIRGNIA HEFFERNAN
Columnist ("The Medium"), The New York Times

THE INTERNET IS A CULTURAL OBJECT: READ IT


SHERRY TURKLE
Psychologist, MIT who studies the culture of the Internet; Author: Life on the Screen; Alone Together

THE INTERNET DISCONNECT


SIMON BARON-COHEN
Psychologist, Autism Research Centre, Cambridge University; Author, The Essential Difference

1000 HOURS A YEAR


PETER SCHWARTZ
Futurist, Business Strategist; Cofounder. Global Business Network, a Monitor Company; Author, Inevitable Surprises

MY THOUGHT PROCESSES ARE NOT BOUND BY THE MEAT MACHINE THAT IS MY BRAIN, NOR MY LOCALITY NOR MY TIME


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JASON CALACANIS
Internet Entrepreneur; Founder, Mahalo.com

TRUST NOTHING, DEBATE EVERYTHING


JOSHUA GREENE
Cognitive Neuroscientist and Philosopher, Harvard University

THE DUMB BUTLER


MARTI HEARST
Computer Scientist, UC Berkeley, School of Information; Author, Search User Interfaces

I NOW EXPECT TO HEAR WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK


SCOTT D. SAMPSON
Dinosaur paleontologist and science communicator; Author: Dinosaur Odyssey: Fossil Threads in the Web of Life

THE EXTINCTION OF EXPERIENCE


HAIM HARARI
Physicist, former President, Weizmann Institute of Science; Author, A View from the Eye of the Storm

HARMFUL ONE-LINERS, AN OCEAN OF FACTS AND REWIRED MINDS


DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF
Media Analyst; Documentary Writer; Author, Life, Inc.

THE INTERNET MAKES ME THINK IN THE PRESENT TENSE


TERRENCE SEJNOWSKI
Computational Neuroscientist, Salk Institute, Coauthor, The Computational Brain

THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON INTERNET


DONALD HOFFMAN
Cognitive Scientist, UC, Irvine; Author, Visual Intelligence

THE SCULPTING OF HUMAN THOUGHT


THOMAS METZINGER
Philosopher; Author, The Ego-Tunnel

PUBLIC DREAMING


GREGORY PAUL
Independent Researcher; Author, Dinosaurs of the Air

HELL IF I KNOW


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AUBREY DE GREY
Gerontologist; Chief Science Officer. SENS Foundation; Author, Ending Aging

HOW THE INTERNET IS RESCUING ME FROM CHANGING THE WAY I THINK


PAUL KEDROSKY
Editor, Infectious Greed; Senior Fellow, Kauffman Foundation

THE LARGE INFORMATION COLLIDER, BDTS, AND GRAVITY HOLIDAYS ON TUESDAY


ROBERT R. PROVINE
Psychologist and Neuroscientist, University of Maryland; Author, Laughter

INTERNET SOCIETY


NIGEL GOLDENFELD
Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

I'M STARTING TO THINK LIKE THE INTERNET, STARTING TO THINK LIKE BIOLOGY


WILLIAM CALVIN
Neuroscientist; Professor, University of Washington; Author, Global Fever

INTERNET ENHANCEMENT OF THE THOUGHT PROCESS


LEO CHALUPA
Ophthalmologist and Neurobiologist, University of California, Davis

THE GREATEST DETRACTOR TO SERIOUS THINKING SINCE TELEVISION


MARK PAGEL
Professor of Evolutionary Biology, Reading University, England and The Santa Fe Institute

BRAIN CANDY AND BAD MATHEMATICS


PAUL SAFFO
Technology Forecaster; Consulting Associate Professor, Stanford University

A THIRD KIND OF KNOWLEDGE


MATT RIDLEY
Science Writer; Founding chairman of the International Centre for Life; Author, Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code.

THE COLLECTIVE BRAIN


FRANK J. l
Professor of Mathematical Physics, Tulane University; Coauthor, The Anthropic Cosmological Principle; Author, The Physics of Immortality

WILL THE GREAT LEVELER DESTROY DIVERSITYOF THOUGHT?


BRIAN KNUTSON
Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience; Stanford University

HIJACKING THE FUTURE SELF


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ARNOLD TREHUB
Psychologist, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Author, The Cognitive Brain

EXPOSING THE LANDSCAPES OF DEEP SCIENTIFIC PROBLEMS


DAVID EAGLEMAN
Assistant Professor, Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine; Author, Sum

SIX WAYS THE INTERNET MAY SAVE CIVILIZATION


SAMUEL BARONDES
Director of the Center for Neurobiology and Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco; Author, Better than Prozac

BETTER NEUROXING THROUGH THE INTERNET


TOM STANDAGE
Business Affairs Editor, The Economist; Author, The Edible History of the Humanity

IT HAS SHARPENED MY MEMORY


JOHN TOOBY
Founder of field of Evolutionary Psychology; Co-Director, UC Santa Barbara's Center for Evolutionary Psychology

I SEEM TO BE METADATA 


MARCEL KINSBOURNE
Neurologist & Cognitive Neuroscientist, The New School; Coauthor, Children's Learning and Attention Problems

APOCALYPSE TOMORROW: THE GREAT ARMS RACE TAKES OFF INTO WEB SPACE


NICK ISAAC
Macroecologist, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Biological Research Centre (BRC), Oxfordshire

THE EVOLVING GIANT


EVA WISTEN
Journalist, SEED Media Group; Author, Single in Manhattan

THE INCREASED NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHOSE THOUGHTS ARE IN MY HEAD


ERIC WEINSTEIN
Mathematician and Economist; Principal, Natron Group

"GO VIRTUAL YOUNG MAN"


THOMAS A. BASS
Professor of English at the University at Albany; Author, The Spy Who Loved Us

MY INTERNET MIND


HELEN FISHER
Research Professor, Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University; Author, Why We Love

TAKE LOVE


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BRUCE HOOD
Director of the Bristol Cognitive Development Centre in the Experimental Psychology Department at the University of Bristol; Author, Supersense

I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE BECAUSE OF THE INTERNET


LERA BORODITSKY
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Stanford University

HOW I THINK ABOUT HOW I THINK


RALPH  GIBSON
Art Photographer

"TIME" AND AGING


KARL SABBAGH
Writer and Television Producer; Author, The Riemann Hypothesis

"IF YOU HAVE CANCER, DON'T GO TO THE INTERNET"


HU FANG
Writer, Co-founder OF Vitamin Creative Space in Guangzhou and the shop in Beijing, China

NOTES FROM A FILM DIRECTOR


JON KLEINBERG
Professor of computer science, Cornell University

THE HUMAN TEXTURE OF INFORMATION


ALISON GOPNIK
Psychologist, UC, Berkeley; Author, The Philosophical Baby

THE STRANGERS IN THE CRIB


JESSE BERING
Psychologist, Director, Institute of Cognition and Culture, Queens University, Belfast; Columnist, Scientific American ("Bering in Mind"); Author, Under God's Skin

A RETURN TO THE SCARLET-LETTER SAVANNAH


JARON LANIER
Musician, Computer Scientist; Pioneer of Virtural Reality; Author, You Are Not A Gadget: A Manifesto

THE FLAWS OF THE LATEST POP VERSION OF THE INTERNET HAVE MADE ME MORE OF A BIOLOGICAL REALIST, AND IN PARTICULAR HAVE MADE ME MORE SENSITIVE TO NEOTENY


KEITH DEVLIN
Executive Director, H-STAR Institute, Stanford University; Author, The Unfinished Game: Pascal, Fermat, and the Seventeenth-Century Letter that Made the World Modern

"IT ALL DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU MEAN BY"


DANIEL HAUN
Director, the Research Group for Comparative Cognitive Anthropology, the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

REPETITION, NOT TRUTH


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MICHAEL SHERMER
Publisher of Skeptic magazine, monthly columnist for Scientific American; Author, The Mind of the Market

LEVELLING THE INTELLECTUAL PLAYING FIELD


LYNN MARGULIS
Biologist, Distinguished University Professor, UMass, Amherst; Coauthor (with Dorion Sagan), Acquiring Genomes: A Theory of the Origins of Species

BY AFFORDING ME NEW WORLDWIDE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATION ACCESS


OLAFUR ELIASSON
Artist

THE INTERNET AS REALITY PRODUCER


IRENE M. PEPPERBERG
Research Associate & Lecturer, Harvard; Adjunct Associate Professor, Brandeis; Author, Alex & Me

I THINK, THEREFORE I AM — STILL ME


EMANUEL DERMAN
Professor, Financial Engineering, Columbia University; Principal, Prisma Capital Partners; Former Head, Quantitative Strategies Group, Equities Division, Goldman Sachs & Co.; Author, My Life as a Quant

MORE EFFECIENT, BUT TO WHAT END?


STEVEN PINKER
Johnstone Family Professor, Department of Psychology; Harvard University; Author, The Stuff of Thought

NOT AT ALL


CHARLES SEIFE
Professor of Journalism, New York University; formerly journalist, Science magazine; Author, Sun in a Bottle: The Strange History of Fusion and the Science of Wishful Thinking

I HAVE OUTSOURCED MY MEMORY


JOSEPH LEDOUX
Neuroscientist, New York University; Author, Synaptic Self

THE MOST ACCURATE MEMORIES ARE THE ONES NEVER REMEMBERED


STANISLAS DEHAENE
Neuroscientist; Collège de France, Paris; Author, Reading in the brain

THE ROTATING PROBLEM, OR HOW I LEARNED TO ACCELERATE MY MENTAL CLOCK


ANTHONY AGUIRRE
Associate Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz

THE ENEMY OF INSIGHT?


RICHARD FOREMAN
Playwright & Director; Founder, The Ontological-Hysteric Theater

THE DAZED STATE


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JUDITH RICH HARRIS
Independent Investigator and Theoretician; Author, No Two Alike: Human Nature and Human Individuality

THE JOY OF JUST-ENOUGHNESS


CLIFFORD PICKOVER
Author, Archimedes to Hawking

THE RISE OF INTERNET PROSTHETIC BRAINS AND SOLITON PERSONHOOD


FIERY CUSHMAN
Post-doctoral fellow, Mind/Brain/Behavior Interfaculty Initiative, Harvard University

THE NEW BALANCE: MORE PROCESSING, LESS MEMORIZATION


GEOFFREY MILLER
Evolutionary Psychologist, University of New Mexico; Author, Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior

MY JUDGEMENT ENHANCER


CHRIS ANDERSON
Curator, TED conferences, TED Talks

THE REDISCOVERY OF FIRE


CHRISTINE FINN
Archaeologist, Journalist; Author, Artifacts

PARALLEL COMMUNICATIONS


TOR NØRRETRANDERS
Science Writer; Consultant; Lecturer, Copenhagen; Author, The Generous Man

DARE, CARE AND SHARE


SUE BLACKMORE
Psychologist; Author, Consciousness: An Introduction

A THIRD REPLICATOR


STUART PIMM
Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology; Author, The World According to Pimm: a Scientist Audits the Earth

THINKING WITH OTHERS SO CLOSE THAT YOU CAN SMELL THEIR SPIT


SEAN CARROLL
Theoretical Physicist, Caltech; Author, From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time

CALLING YOU ON YOUR CRAP


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ED REGIS
Science writer; Author, What Is Life?

A MIRACLE AND A CURSE


GIULIO BOCCALETTI
Physicist, Atmospheric and Oceanic scientist, and Associate Principal with McKinsey & Company

COLLECTIVE ACTION AND THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT


ANDREW LIH
USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism; Author, The Wikipedia Revolution

THE REFINEMENT OF INFORMATION


JUNE COHEN
Director of Media, TED Conference; TED Talks

THE RISE OF SOCIAL MEDIA IS REALLY A REPRISE


IAN GOLD
Neuroscientist; Canada Research Chair in Philosophy & Psychiatry, McGill University

JOEL GOLD, M.D.
Psychiatrist; Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine

TWEET ME NICE


STEVE QUARTZ
Neuroscientist; Associate Professor of Philosophy, Caltech; Coauthor, Liars, Lovers, and Heroes: What the New Brain Science Reveals About How We Become Who We Are

WE KNOW LESS ABOUT THINKING THAN WE THINK


LAURENCE C. SMITH
Professor of Geography and Earth & Space Sciences, UCLA

INFORMED, TIGHTFISTED, AND SYNTHETIC


TONY CONRAD
Experimental Filmmaker; Musician/Composer

A QUESTION WITHOUT AN ANSWER


PAUL W. EWALD
Professor of Biology, Amherst College; Author, Plague Time

CONCEPTUAL COMPASSES FOR DEEPER GENERALISTS


JAMES CROAK
Artist

ART MAKING GOING RURAL


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MAX TEGMARK
Physicist, MIT; Researcher, Precision Cosmology; Scientific Director, Foundational Questions Institute

BENEFACTION & DISTRACTION


ROGER SCHANK
Psychologist & Computer Scientist; Engines for Education Inc.; Author, Making Minds Less Well Educated Than Our Own

THE THINKING PROCESS HASN'T CHANGED IN 50,000 YEARS


TIMOTHY TAYLOR
Archaeologist, University of Bradford; Author, The Buried Soul

THE INTERNET IS NOT CHANGING THE WAY I THINK, BUT IT HAS CHANGED WHAT I THINK


NEIL GERSHENFELD
Physicist, Director, MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms; Author, FAB

THE INTERNET'S INSIGHTS


Daniel L. everett
Chair of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, Professor of Linguistics and Anthropology, Illinois State University; Author, Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes

THINKING AND LIVING WITH THE INTERNET'S HELP


Marc D. Hauser
Psychologist and Biologist, Harvard University: Author, Moral Minds

CONNECTING THROUGH CONTACT, NOT ELECTRICITY


NICHOLAS CARR
Author, Does IT Matter?; The Big Switch

DEPTHS AND SHALLOWS


DAVID GELERNTER
Computer Scientist, Yale University; Chief Scientist, Mirror Worlds Technologies; Author, Mirror Worlds

THE VIRTUALIZATION OF THE UNIVERSE


RODNEY BROOKS
Panasonic Professor of Robotics, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab; Author, Flesh and Machines

IN SEARCH OF THE DIET-INTERNET


PAUL BLOOM
Psychologist, Yale University; Author, Descartes' Baby

I AM REALIZING HOW NICE PEOPLE CAN BE


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HOWARD GARDNER
Psychologist, Harvard University; Author, Changing Minds

"GO NATIVE"


DANIEL C. DENNETT
Philosopher; University Professor, Co-Director, Center for Cognitive Studies, Tufts University; Breaking the Spell

POWER CORRUPTS


MIHALY CSIKSZENTMIHALYI
Psychologist; Director, Quality of Life Research Center, Claremont Graduate University; Author, Flow

I MUST CONFESS TO BEING PERPLEXED


YOCHAI BENKLER
Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies, Harvard; Author, The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom

TAKING ON THE HABITS OF THE SCIENTIST, THE INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER, AND THE MEDIA CRITIC


GARY MARCUS
Cognitive Scientist; Author, Kluge: The Haphazard Evolution of the Human Mind

CHANGING THE WAY WE TEACH


ERNST PÖPPEL
Neuroscientist, Chairman, Human Science Center and Department of Medical Psychology, Munich University; Author, Mindworks

THINKING AS THERAPY IN A WORLD OF TOO MUCH


ANTON ZEILINGER
University of Vienna and Scientific Director, Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, Austrian Academy of Sciences

THE AGE OF (QUANTUM) INFORMATION?


JUAN ENRIQUEZ
CEO, Biotechonomy; was Founding Director, Harvard Business School's Life Sciences Project; Author, The Untied States of America

IMMORTALITY


STEFANO BOERI
Architect, teaching at Politecnico of Milan, visiting professor at Harvard GSD, editor in chief of the Abitare monthly/magazine

internet is wind


RICHARD SAUL WURMAN
Architect, Cartographer; Founder, TED Conference; Author, 33: Understanding Change & the Change in Understanding

TO DREAM THE WAKING DREAM IN NEW WAYS


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ROBERT SAPOLSKY
Neuroscientist, Stanford University; Author, Monkeyluv

FORGET WISDOM OF THE CROWD


FRED TOMASELLI
Artist

CUT AND PASTE


EMILY PRONIN
Associate Professor of Psychology, Princeton University

AN IMPENETRABLE MACHINE


GALIA SOLOMONOFF
Architect; Solomonoff Architecture Studio

OF KNOWLEDGE, CONTENT, PLACE AND SPACE


DAVID M. BUSS
Professor of Psychology, University of Texas, Austin; Coauthor: Why Women Have Sex

INTERNET MATING STRATEGIES


NOGA ARIKHA
Historian of ideas; Author, Passions and Tempers: A History of the Humours

THE INTERNET AND SLOWNESS


GLORIA ORIGGI
Institut Nicod, Paris; www.interdisciplines.org

THE POWER OF CONVERSATION


VICTORIA STODDEN
Computational Legal Scholar; Fellow, Yale Law School Internet and Society Project

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN KNOWING THE NAME OF SOMETHING AND KNOWING SOMETHING


IAN WILMUT
Chair of Reproductive Biology, Director Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh; Author, After Dolly

THE INTERNET HAS NOT CHANGED THE WAY THAT I THINK


JAMSHED BHARUCHA
Professor of Psychology, Provost, Senior Vice President, Tufts University

THE INTERNET PROMOTES THE SYNCHRONIZATION OF MINDS


MATTHEW RITCHIE
Artist

THE INTERFACE I WANT IS THE REAL WORLD


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JESSE DYLAN
Film-Maker; Founder, free-form.tv; Lybba.org

FROM JACK KEROUAC TO THE PENTATONIC SCALE


MAHZARIN R. BANAJI
Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Department of Psychology, Harvard University

A VEHICLE FOR LARGE-SCALE EDUCATION AND LEARNING ABOUT THE HUMAN MIND


TIM O'REILLY
Founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc.

PATTERN RECOGNITION


FRANK WILCZEK
Physicist, MIT; Recipient, 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics; Author,
The Lightness of Being

LET US CALCULATE


ERIC DREXLER
Researcher; Policy Advocate; Author, Engines of Creation

THE WEB HELPS US SEE WHAT ISN'T THERE


DAVID DALRYMPLE
Researcher, MIT Mind Machine Project

KNOWLEDGE IS OUT, FOCUS IS IN, AND PEOPLE ARE EVERYWHERE


RAQS MEDIA COLLECTIVE
Artists, Media Practitioners, Curators, Editors and Catalysts of Cultural Processes

NO ONE IS IMMUNE TO THE STORMS THAT SHAKE THE WORLD


XENI JARDIN
Tech Culture Journalist; Partner, Contributor, Co-editor, Boing Boing; Executive Producer, host, Boing Boing Video

I DON'T TRUST ALGORITHM LIKE I TRUST INTUITION


NICK BILTON
NYU/ITP Adjunct Professor; Lead Technology Writer, The New York Times Bits Blog.

WE ARE CHANGING THE WAY THE INTERNET THINKS


ALAN ALDA
Actor, Writer, Director; Host of PBS program The Human Spark

SPEED PLUS MOBS


AI WEIWEI
Chinese Artist; Curator; Architectural Designer (The Bird's Nest); Cultural And Social Commentator; Activist

I ONLY THINK ON THE INTERNET


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"With sacred values, this cost-benefit calculus is turned on its head, explains anthropologist Scott Atran of the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris, who has studied Islamic terrorist groups. — Sharon Begley, Newsweek [...]

Dr. Anton Zeilinger, an Austrian physicist, is becoming a rock star of science for his work in quantum teleportation, which I know very little about but which I think I may have achieved backstage one night in Berlin in the early 1990s. — OpEd "Ten for the Next Ten" By Bono New York Times [...]

...reading is a relatively recent invention, dating to some 5,000 to 10,000 years ago. Our brains didn't evolve to read. Stanislas Dehaene, a distinguished French cognitive scientist, has helped unravel that mystery. His gifts, on display in "Reading in the Brain," include an aptitude for complex experiments and an appetite for detail — Alison Gopnik, "Mind Reading", New York Times Book Review [...]

Steven Strogatz: A Growing Affinity — David Kung American Scientist [...]

It's Always the End of the World as We Know It . From today's perspective, the Y2K fiasco seemed to be less about technology than about a morbid fascination with end-of-the-world scenarios. Denis Dutton, OpEd, New York Times [...]

Times to Remember, Places to Forget Daniel Gilbert, OpEd, New York Times [...]

Discovering the Mathematical Laws of Nature: He is good-natured, funny and thought to be among the smartest men in physics: Frank A. Wilczek, 58, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who was one of three winners of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics. Interview by Claudia Dreifus, The New York Times [...]

Keep a Civil Cybertongue by Jimmy Wales and Andrea Weckerle Wall Street Journal [...]

Fortunately there are a few Web sites that provide daily links to the best that is thought and said. Arts and Letters Daily [ED. NOTE: Editor, Denis Dutton] is the center of high-toned linkage on the Web. — David Brooks, OpEd Column, The New York Times [...]

Judith Shulevitz on Nicholas Wade's The God Gene: Like Robert Wright in The Evolution of God, Wade wants to defend religion from so-called "new atheists" like Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and Christopher Hitchens, who see it as a malignant illusion. New York Times Book Review [...]

Fine Line Between Humans and Other Beasts. One of the show's advisers, the neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga, who was originally going to write a companion book for the PBS series ... — Elizabeth Jensen, New York Times [...]

Breakthrough of the Year: an international and multidisciplinary team co-led by Tim White of the University of California, Berkeley, unveiled the oldest known skeleton of a potential human ancestor as well as information about its living environment. Found in the Middle Awash in the Afar region in Ethiopia, the 4.4-million-year-old skeleton became known as Ardipithecus ramidus, or Ardi for short. — Elizabeth Pain, Science [...]

2010 preview New Scientist: Arise, Neanderthal brother —Ewen Calloway [...] Genome sequencing for all — Peter Aldhous [...] 'Synthia' Waiting for Synthia - that has been the script for enthusiasts of synthetic life for the past two years, ever since genomics pioneer Craig Venter promised to unveil a living bacterial cell carrying a genome made from scratch in the lab ... George Church of Harvard University has already announced that his team has made a self-assembling ribosome - the cellular factory responsible for making proteins.— Peter Aldhous [...]

"The Darwin Show": The International Darwin Day Foundation, acting as publicist and clearing house for hundreds of the year's global events, is administered by the American Humanist Association, a secularist pressure group which defends the civil liberties of the endangered species of the American godless, and hands out annual awards to its chosen ‘Humanist of the Year' (past winners include Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, E.O. Wilson and Steven Pinker). — Steven Shapin, London Review of Books [...]

Sex and shopping – it's a guy thing — Geoffrey Miller, New Scientist [...]

Richard Wrangham: Cooking is what made us human — Jeremy Webb, New Scientist [...]

Lawrence Krauss: A Dark Matter Breakthrough? New evidence of the invisible matter that could make up 90% of the universe. — Wall Street Journal [...]

Brain Power: Studying Young Minds, and How to Teach Them — "This is what we believe focused math education does: It sharpens the firing of these quantity neurons," said Stanislas Dehaene, a cognitive neuroscientist at the Collège de France in Paris and author of the books "The Number Sense" and "Reading and the Brain." Benedict Carey, New York Times [...]

Stewart Brand's Strange Trip: Whole Earth to Nuclear Power —  Yale Environment 360 [...]

To Deal With Obsession, Some Defriend Facebook — In her coming book, "Alone Together" (Basic Books, 2010), Sherry Turkle, a psychologist who is director of the Initiative on Technology and Self at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, discusses teenagers who take breaks from Facebook. Katie Hafner, New York Times [...]

AC Grayling: Secrets of the Universe: How We Discovered the Cosmos B&N Review [...]

Hitchens vs. Wright: One Man's Meat bloggingheads.tv [...]

Heaven and Nature ... Indeed, it [pantheism] represents a form of religion that even atheists can support. Richard Dawkins has called pantheism 'a sexed-up atheism.' (He means that as a compliment.) Sam Harris concluded his polemic 'The End of Faith' by rhapsodizing about the mystical experiences available from immersion in 'the roiling mystery of the world.' Citing Albert Einstein's expression of religious awe at the "beauty and sublimity" of the universe, Dawkins allows, 'In this sense I too am religious'. — Ross Douthat, New York Times column [...]

NPR has been reading Edge — "Welcome to 13.7, an opinion blog set at the inersection of science and culture. [...]

Marcelo Gleiser: Science For A New Millennium. 13.7 billion years: the age of the universe. The time it took from the big bang to this blog.— NPR 13.7 [...]

Stuart Kauffman: Entering A New Time For Our Co-Evolving Civilizations — NPR 13.7 [...]

Seth Lloyd: Warp-Speed Algebra: New Algorithm Does Algebra in a Snap — Davide Castelvecchi Scientific American [...]

Michael Shermer: Kool-Aid Psychology: Realism versus Optimism [...]

Hans Ulrich Obrist: The Man Who Made Curating an Art — Earlier this fall, Mr. Obrist was named the most powerful person in the art world by the British magazine ArtReview— Leon Neyfakh, The New York Observer [...]

Wu Shanzhuan and Hans Ulrich Obrist — Evan Osnos, Letter From China, The New Yorker [...]

Richard Dawkins Accidents of life: Darwinian theory was the best idea of all time, but why did it take so long to evolve? And what if we had 16 fingers? New Statesman [...]


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