Every year, the Edge Foundation asks an enormous array of smart people (scientists, philosophers, mathematicians, intellectuals of every stripe) a single question and publishes the results. This year’s question:
WHAT IS YOUR DANGEROUS IDEA?
The history of science is replete with discoveries that were considered socially, morally, or emotionally dangerous in their time; the Copernican and Darwinian revolutions are the most obvious. What is your dangerous idea? An idea you think about (not necessarily one you originated) that is dangerous not because it is assumed to be false, but because it might be true?
What you get in the answers are the good bits: The most intriguing ideas of the world’s top thinkers boiled down to their essence.
It’s some of the most fascinating stuff I’ve ever read, and after two hours I’ve only scratched the surface. I really can’t recommend it highly enough.
What would your answer be?