Thursday, May 17, 2012

This Will Make You Smarter [2012]

What scientific concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit? This is the question John Brockman, publisher of, posed to the world’s most influential thinkers. Their visionary answers flow from the frontiers of psychology, philosophy, economics, physics, sociology, and more. Surprising and enlightening, these insights will revolutionize the way you think about yourself and the world. 

Richard Dawkins on experimentation 
Sam Harris on the flow of thought 
Lawrence Krauss on living with uncertainty 
Daniel C. Dennett on benefiting from cycles 
Steven Pinker on win-win negotiating 
V. S. Ramachandran on paradigm shifts 
Matt Ridley on tapping collective intelligence 
J. Craig Venter on the multiple possible origins of life 
Brian Eno on “ecological vision” 
Daniel Kahneman on the “focusing illusion” 
Jonah Lehrer on controlling attention 
Aubrey De Grey on conquering our fear of the unknown 
Martin Seligman on the ingredients of well-being 
Nicholas Carr on managing “cognitive load” 
Jaron Lanier on resisting delusion 
Frank Wilczek on the brain’s hidden layers 
Clay Shirky on the “80/20 rule” 
Daniel Goleman on understanding our connection to the natural world 
John McWhorter on path dependence 
Lisa Randall on effective theorizing 
Richard Thaler on rooting out false concepts 
Helen Fisher on temperament 

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