[ Fri. Mar. 28. 2014 ]

Thinking: The New Science of Decision-Making, Problem-Solving, and Prediction
Edited by John Brockman

Before mass media came up in the mid-twentieth century there was the public lecture, at which some person of eminence or accomplishment would address a hall full of curious citizens. The Internet equivalent is supplied by nonprofit foundations like Edge.org and TED.com, which spread interesting ideas by inviting thinkers to give online talks.

Thinking is a spin-off from the Edge.org website and the various conferences it sponsors. It consists of twenty-two "unedited transcriptions of scientific talks and conversations" by scholars who investigate minds and brains. From their bylines I tallied twelve psychologists (minds), six cognitive scientists (brains), two philosophers, one researcher in linguistics, and one statistician.