The Edge Question 2018 - 9


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Yuri MilnerRead
Physicist; Entrepreneur & Venture Capitalist; Science Philanthropist





If we discover another intelligent civilization, what should we ask them?






Read MontagueRead
Neuroscientist; Director, Human Neuroimaging Lab and Computational Psychiatry Unit, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute; Author, Why Choose This Book?: How We Make Decisions





Are feelings computable?





Dave MorinDave
Internet Entrepreneur; Angel Investor





Is the brain a computer or an antenna?





Lisa MosconiLisa
Associate Director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College /NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; Adjunct faculty, NYU school of medicine; Author, Brainfood





Is there an evolutionary advantage to building societies that favor entertaining over understanding?





David G. MyersDavid G.
Professor of Psychology, Hope College; Co-author, Psychology, 11th Edition





Does religious engagement promote or impede morality, altruism, and human flourishing?





Priyamvada NatarajanPriyamvada
Professor in Departments of Astronomy and Physics at Yale University, focusing on exotica in the universe-dark matter, dark energy, and black holes; Author, Mapping the Heavens





Are there limits to what we can know about the universe?





John NaughtonJohn
Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge; Director, Wolfson College Press Fellowship Programme; Columnist, the Observer; Author, From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg





Why do humans who possess or acquire unaccountable power over others invariably abuse it?





Randolph NesseRandolph
Professor of Life Sciences, Director, Center for Evolution and Medicine, Arizona State University; Co-author (with George C. Williams), Why We Get Sick





In what situations does the capacity for low mood give a selective advantage?





Richard NisbettRichard
Theodore M. Newcomb Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan; Author, Mindware





What does the conscious mind do that is impossible for the unconscious mind?





Tor NørretrandersTor
Writer; Speaker; Thinker, Copenhagen, Denmark





What is the flow of information through human beings?





Michael I. NortonMichael I.
Harold M. Brierley Professor of Business Administration, Director of Research, Harvard Business School; Co-author (with Elizabeth Dunn), Happy Money





Why do humans behave as though what can be known is finite?





Martin NowakMartin
Professor of Biology and Mathematics, Harvard University; Co-author, SuperCooperators





What is the purpose of it?





James J. O'DonnellJames J.
Classics Scholar, University Librarian, ASU; Author, Pagans





When will "human being" cease to be a meaningful category to speak of?





Tim O'ReillyTim
Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media, Inc.; Author, WTF?: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us





How can AI and other digital technologies help us create global institutions that we can trust?





Hans Ulrich ObristHans Ulrich
Curator, Serpentine Gallery, London; Editor: A Brief History of Curating; Formulas for Now; Co-author (with Rem Koolhas), Project Japan: Metabolism Talks





Does the future belong to non-human entities?





Steve OmohundroSteve
Scientist, Self-Aware Systems; Co-founder, Center for Complex Systems Research





How did our sense of mathematical beauty arise?





Toby OrdToby
Philosopher, Oxford University; Research Fellow, Future of Humanity Institute





What can humanity do right now that will make the biggest difference over the next billion years?





Gloria OriggiGloria
Philosopher and Researcher, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris; Author, Reputation: What it is and Why it Matters





Why do even the most educated people today feel that their grip on what they can truly know is weaker than ever before?





Mark PagelMark
Professor of Evolutionary Biology, Reading University, UK; Fellow, Royal Society; Author, Wired for Culture





Is a single world language and culture inevitable?





Elaine PagelsElaine
Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University; Author, Revelations





Why is religion still around in the twenty-first century?





Bruce ParkerBruce
Visiting Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology; Author, The Power of the Sea: Tsunamis, Storm Surges, and Our Quest to Predict Disasters





Is the assertion "Nothingness is impossible" the most fundamental statement we can make about our existence?





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