The Edge Question 2018 - 11


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Gianluigi RicuperatiJennifer
Writer; Essayist; Curator





Is the botscape going to force us to give up the use of the first-person singular nominative case personal pronoun, I?





Jennifer RichesonJennifer
Professor of Psychology, Yale University





What does justice feel like?









When will we develop a robust theory of Ontological Intelligence (OI)?





Siobhan RobertsSiobhan
Director’s Visitor, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; Author, Genius at Play and King of Infinite Space





Can a user-friendly computer proof assistant satisfy the mathematician’s desire for certainty without killing the pleasure?





Andrés RoemerAndrés
Co-creator, Ideas City; Author, Move UP: Why Some Cultures Advance While Others Don't





Can you prove it?





Phil RosenzweigPhil
Professor of Strategy and International Business at IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland; Author, Left Brain, Right Stuff





How can aims of individual liberty and economic efficiency be reconciled with aims of social justice and environmental sustainability?





Carlo RovelliCarlo
Theoretical Physicist; Aix-Marseille University, in the Centre de Physique Théorique, Marseille, France; Author, Reality Is Not What It Seems





Is there an ultimate reality?





Douglas RushkoffDouglas
Media Analyst; Documentary Writer; Author, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus





Was agriculture a wrong turn for civilization?





Karl SabbaghKarl
Writer and Television Producer; Author, Remembering Our Childhood: How Memory Betrays Us





How will humanity change in light of the increasing use of non-sexual methods of reproduction?





Todd C. SacktorTodd C.
Distinguished Professor of Physiology, Pharmacology, and Neurology, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center





Will there ever be a mechanistic scientific question that can be asked about the lone individuality of mental life, with its particular beginning, middle, and end?





Paul SaffoPaul
Technology Forecaster; Consulting Associate Professor, Stanford University





Will we ever be able to predict earthquakes?





Eduardo Salcedo-AlbaranEduardo
Philosopher; Director, Scientific Vortex, Inc.





Why do some people act inside the law, others outside, and others create the law?





Buddhini SamarasingheBuddhini
Molecular Biologist





Can technology tame evolution?





Scott SampsonScott
President & CEO, Science World British Columbia; Dinosaur paleontologist and science communicator; Author, How To Raise A Wild Child





How do ideas about biological evolution change once one species has control over the origin and extinction of all other species?





Laurie R. SantosLaurie R.
Professor of Psychology, Director, Comparative Cognition Laboratory and the Canine Cognition Center, Yale University





What cognitive capacities make humans so damn weird relative to all the other animals on the planet?





Robert SapolskyRobert
Neuroscientist, Stanford University; Author, Behave





Given the nature of life, the purposeless indifference of the universe, and our complete lack of free will, how is it that most people avoid ever being clinically depressed?





Dimitar D. SasselovDimitar D.
Professor of Astronomy, Harvard University; Director, Harvard Origins of Life Initiative; Author, The Life of Super-Earths





What is the cosmic perspective to the future of life?





Roger SchankRoger
CEO, Socratic Arts Inc.; John Evans Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, Psychology and Education, Northwestern University; Author, Make School Meaningful-And Fun!





Why is it so difficult to influence people’s belief systems for deeply held beliefs and so easy to manipulate belief systems when little is known about the subject?





René ScheuRene
Editor-in-chief, Feuilleton of Neue Zürcher Zeitung





Is a human brain capable of understanding a human brain?





Maximilian SchichMaximilian
Associate Professor in Arts and Technology, The University of Texas at Dallas





What are the beautiful curiosities that artificial curiosities can't comprehend?





Simone SchnallSimone
Director, Cambridge Embodied Cognition and Emotion Laboratory; Reader in Experimental Social Psychology and Fellow of Jesus College, University of Cambridge





Is immortality desirable?





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