Drawing from the horizons of science, today's leading thinkers reveal the hidden threats nobody is talking about-and expose the false fears everyone else is distracted by.
What should we be worried about? That is the question John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org ("The world's smartest website"-The Guardian), posed to the planet's most influential minds. He asked them to disclose something that, for scientific reasons, worries them-particularly scenarios that aren't on the popular radar yet. Encompassing neuroscience, economics, philosophy, physics, psychology, biology, and more-here are 150 ideas that will revolutionize your understanding of the world.
Steven Pinker uncovers the real risk factors for war � Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi peers into the coming virtual abyss � Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek laments our squandered opportunities to prevent global catastrophe � Seth Lloyd calculates the threat of a financial black hole � Alison Gopnik on the loss of childhood � Nassim Nicholas Taleb explains why firefighters understand risk far better than economic "experts" � Matt Ridley on the alarming re-emergence of superstition � Daniel C. Dennett and george dyson ponder the impact of a major breakdown of the Internet � Jennifer Jacquet fears human-induced damage to the planet due to "the Anthropocebo Effect" � Douglas Rushkoff fears humanity is losing its soul � Nicholas Carr on the "patience deficit" � Tim O'Reilly foresees a coming new Dark Age � Scott Atran on the homogenization of human experience � Sherry Turkle explores what's lost when kids are constantly connected � Kevin Kelly outlines the looming "underpopulation bomb" � Helen Fisher on the fate of men � Lawrence Krauss dreads what we don't know about the universe � Susan Blackmore on the loss of manual skills � Kate Jeffery on the death of death � plus J. Craig Venter, Daniel Goleman, Virginia Heffernan, Sam Harris, Brian Eno, Martin Rees, and more