Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Dangerous Minds

Not a bad way to preoccupy your mind on a run through the woods....Or maybe in the shower, or sitting in traffic.

The Edge Annual Question — 2006


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?

The coolest suggestion I have seen is "race." Social construct, sure. Yet....something more. And we all use it. Check this Times of London story.

(Nod to JM, with thanks)