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What Is Your Dangerous Idea? Today's Leading Thinkers on the Unthinkable.

WHAT IS YOUR DANGEROUS IDEA? Today's Leading Thinkers on the Unthinkable JOHN BROCKMAN, ED.

Modern science includes many concepts that were once considered socially or morally unacceptable, or even dangerous. The ideas that human beings evolved from ancestral species and that Earth revolves around the sun are two notable examples. Dangerous ideas can be critical to understanding how the world works, this book posits. Brockman, publisher and editor of the Edge Web site for "third-culture" thinkers, presents dozens of authors and their edgy ideas. The thought-provoking essays--some shorter than a page and others five to six pages long--are by Irene Pepperberg, Steven Pinker, David BUSS, Freeman Dyson, and other scientists. Included are essays that reject the concept of a soul, propose that the most dangerous idea stemming from modern genetics is that races differ in their talents and temperaments, and despair that the fight against global warming has already been lost. Harper Perennial, 2007, 301 p., paperback, $13.95.
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Title Annotation:Books: A selection of new and notable books of scientific interest
Publication:Science News
Date:May 12, 2007
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