- Series: Edge Question Series
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; First Edition edition (May 20, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780061686542
- ISBN-13: 978-0061686542
- ASIN: 0061686549
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,056,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What Have You Changed Your Mind About?: Today's Leading Minds Rethink Everything (Edge Question Series) Paperback – May 20, 2014
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In this wide-ranging assortment of 150 brief essays, well-known figures from every conceivable field demonstrate why it's a prerogative of all thoughtful people to change their mind once in a while. Technologist Ray Kurzweil says he now shares Enrico Fermi's question: if other intelligent civilizations exist, then where are they? Nassim Nicholas Taleb (The Black Swan) reveals that he has lost faith in probability as a guiding light for making decisions. Oliver Morton (Mapping Mars) confesses that he has lost his childlike faith in the value of manned space flight to distant worlds. J. Craig Venter, celebrated for his work on the human genome, has ceased to believe that nature can absorb any abuses that we subject it to, and that world governments must move quickly to prevent global disaster. Alan Alda says, So far, I've changed my mind twice about God, going from believer to atheist to agnostic. Brockman, editor of Edge.org and numerous anthologies, has pulled together a thought-provoking collection of focused and tightly argued pieces demonstrating the courage to change strongly held convictions. (Jan.)
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About the Author
The publisher of the online science salon Edge.org, John Brockman is the editor of Know This, This Idea Must Die, This Explains Everything, This Will Make You Smarter, and other volumes.
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It's not that great essayists (Bacon, Johnson, Swift, Paine, Orwell etc) are not worth reading, it's only that they are remarkably rare as original thinkers. Sadly I've heard far more original thinking in bar rooms than in this book. Some of these 'quips' are worth the read, most are not. The book would have better served us if it offered counterpoint, most of these people are not qualified to give us the gospel according to them.
Of the three books I've seen, this one contains the fewest interesting responses, and I lost interest about half way through
I hope to read more of his work.