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This idea must die : scientific ideas that are blocking progress

Author: John Brockman
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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The bestselling editor of This Explains Everything brings together 175 of the world's most brilliant minds to tackle Edge.org's 2014 question: What scientific idea has become a relic blocking human progress? Each year, John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org--"The world's smartest website" (The Guardian)--challenges some of the world's greatest scientists, artists, and philosophers to answer a provocative question  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Trivia and miscellanea
Miscellanea
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Brockman
ISBN: 9780062374349 0062374346
OCLC Number: 881042113
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 568 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: The theory of everything / Geoffrey West --
Unification / Marcelo Gleiser --
Simplicity / A.C. Grayling --
The universe / Seth Lloyd --
IQ / Scott Atran --
Brain plasticity / Leo M. Chalupa --
Changing the brain / Howard Gardner --
"The rocket scientist" / Victoria Wyatt --
Indivi-duality / Nigel Goldenfeld --
The bigger an animal's brain, the greater its intelligence / Nicholas Humphrey --
The big bang was the first moment of time / Lee Smolin --
The universe began in a state of extraordinarily low entropy / Alan Guth --
Entropy / Bruce Parker --
The uniformity and uniqueness of the universe / Andrei Linde --
Infinity / Max Tegmark --
The laws of physics are predetermined / Lawrence M. Krauss --
Theories of anything / Paul Steinhardt --
M-theory/string theory is the only game in town / Eric R. Weinstein --
String theory / Frank Tipler --
Our world has only three space dimensions / Gordon Kane --
The "naturalness" argument / Peter Woit --
The collapse of the wave function / Freeman Dyson --
Quantum jumps / David Deutsch --
Cause and effect / W. Daniel Hillis --
Race / Nina Jablonski --
Essentialism / Richard Dawkins --
Human nature / Peter Richerson --
The Urvogel / Julia Clarke --
Numbering nature / Kurt Gray --
Hardwired = permanent / Michael Shermer --
The atheism prerequisite / Douglas Rushkoff --
Evolution is "true" / Roger Highfield --
There is no reality in the quantum world / Anton Zeilinger --
Spacetime / Steve Giddings --
The universe / Amanda Gefter --
The Higgs particle closes a chapter in particle physics / Haim Harari --
Aesthetic motivation / Sarah Demers --
Naturalness, hierarchy, and spacetime / Maria Spiropulu --
Scientists ought to know everything scientifically knowable / Ed Regis --
Falsifiability / Sean Carroll --
Anti-anecdotalism / Nicholas G. Carr --
Science makes philosophy obsolete / Rebecca Newberger Goldstein --
"Science" / Ian Bogost --
Our narrow definition of "science" / Sam Harris --
The hard problem / Daniel C. Dennett --
The neural correlates of consciousness / Susan Blackmore --
Long-term memory is immutable / Todd C. Sacktor --
The self / Bruce Hood --
Cognitive agency / Thomas Metzinger --
Free will / Jerry Coyne --
Common sense / Robert Provine --
There can be no science of art / Jonathan Gottschall --
Science and technology / George Dyson --
Things are either true or false / Alan Alda --
Simple answers / Gavin Schmidt --
We'll never hit barriers to scientific understanding / Martin Rees --
Life evolves via a shared genetic toolkit / Seirian Sumner --
Fully random mutations / Kevin Kelly --
One genome per individual / Eric J. Topol --
Nature versus nurture / Timo Hannay --
The particularist use of "a" gene-environment interaction / Robert Sapolsky --
Natural selection is the only engine of evolution / Athena Vouloumanos --
Behavior = genes + environment / Steven Pinker --
Innateness / Alison Gopnik --
Moral blank-slateism / Kiley Hamlin --
Associationism / Oliver Scott Curry --
Radical behaviorism / Simon Baron-Cohen --
"Instinct" and "innate" / Daniel L. Everett --
Altruism / Tor Nørretranders --
The altruism hierarchy / Jamil Zaki --
Humans are by nature social animals / Adam Waytz --
Evidence-based medicine / Gary Klein. Large randomized controlled trials / Dean Ornish --
Multiple regression as a means of discovering causality / Richard Nisbett --
Mouse models / Azra Raza --
The somatic mutation theory of cancer / Paul Davies --
The linear no-threshold (LNT) radiation dose hypotheses / Stewart Brand --
Universal grammar / Benjamin K. Bergen --
A science of language should deal only with "competence" / N.J. Enfield --
Languages condition worldviews / John McWhorter --
The standard approach to meaning / Dan Sperber --
The uncertainty principle / Kai Krause --
Beware of arrogance! Retire nothing! / Ian McEwan --
Big data / Gary Marcus --
The stratigraphic column / Christine Finn --
The habitable-zone concept / Dimitar D. Sasselov --
Robot companions / Sherry Turkle --
"Artificial intelligence" / Roger Schank --The mind is just the brain / Tania Lombrozo --
Mind versus matter / Frank Wilczek --
Intelligence as a property / Alexander Wissner-Gross --
The grand analogy / David Gelernter --
Grandmother cells / Terrence J. Sejnowski --
Brain modules / Patricia S. Churchland --
Bias is always bad / Tom Griffiths --
Cartesian hydraulicism / Robert Kurzban --
The computational metaphor / Rodney A. Brooks --
Left-brain/right-brain / Sarah-Jayne Blakemore --
Left-brain/right-brain / Stephen M. Kosslyn --
Moore's Law / Andrian Kreye --
The continuity of time / Ernst Pöppel --
The input-output model of perception and action / Andy Clark --
Knowing is half the battle / Laurie R. Santos and Tamar Gendler --
Information overload / Jay Rosen --
The rational individual / Alex (Sandy) Pentland --
Homo economicus / Margaret Levi --
Don't discard wrong theories, just don't treat them as true / Richard H. Thaler --
Rational actor models : the competence corollary / Susan Fiske --
Malthusianism / Matt Ridley --
Economic growth / Cesar Hidalgo --
Unlimited and eternal growth / Hans Ulrich Obrist --
The tragedy of the commons / Luca De Biase --
Markets are bad, markets are good / Michael I. Norton --
Stationarity / Giulio Boccaletti --
Stationarity / Laurence C. Smith --
The carbon footprint / Daniel Goleman --
Unbridled scientific and technological optimism / Stuart Pimm --
Scientists should stick to science / Buddhini Samarasinghe --
Nature = objects / Scott Sampson --
Scientific morality / Edward Slingerland --
Science is self-correcting / Alex Holcombe --
Replication as a safety net / Adam Alter --
Scientific knowledge structured as "literature" / Brian Christian --
The way we produce and advance science / Kathryn Clancy --
Allocating funds via peer review / Aubrey De Grey --
Some questions are too hard for young scientists to tackle / Ross Anderson --
Only scientists can do science / Kate Mills --
The scientific method / Melanie Swan --
Big effects have big explanations / Fiery Cushman --
Science = big science / Samuel Arbesman --
Sadness is always bad, happiness is always good / June Gruber --
Opposites can't both be right / Eldar Shafir --
People are sheep / David Berreby. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder / David M. Buss --
Romantic love and addiction / Helen Fisher --
Emotion is peripheral / Brian Knutson --
Science can maximize our happiness / Paul Bloom --
Culture / Pascal Boyer --
Culture / Laura Betzig --
Learning and culture / John Tooby --
"Our" intuitions / Stephen Stich --
We're stone age thinkers / Alun Anderson --
Inclusive fitness / Martin Nowak --
Human evolutionary exceptionalism / Michael McCullough --
Animal mindlessness / Kate Jeffery --
Humaniqueness / Irene Pepperberg --
Human being = homo sapiens / Steve Fuller --
Anthropocentricity / Satyajit Das --
Truer perceptions are fitter perceptions / Donald D. Hoffman --
The intrinsic beauty and elegance of mathematics allows it to describe nature / Gregory Benford --
Geometry / Carlo Rovelli --
Calculus / Andrew Lih --
Computer science / Neil Gershenfeld --
Science advances by funerals / Samuel Barondes --
Planck's cynical view of scientific change / Hugo Mercier --
New ideas triumph by replacing old ones / Jared Diamond --
Max Planck's faith / Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi --
The illusion of certainty / Mary Catherine Bateson --
The pursuit of parsimony / Jonathan Haidt --
The clinician's law of parsimony / Gerald Smallberg --
Essentialist views of the mind / Lisa Barrett --
The distinction between antisociality and mental illness / Abigail Marsh --
Repression / David G. Myers --
Mental illness is nothing but brain illness / Joel Gold and Ian Gold --
Psychogenic illness / Beatrice Golomb --
Crime entails only the actions of criminals / Eduardo Salcedo-Albarán --
Statistical significance / Charles Seife --
Scientific inference via statistical rituals / Gerd Gigerenzer --
The power of statistics / Emanuel Derman --
Reproducibility / Victoria Stodden --
The average / Nicholas A. Christakis --
Standard deviation / Nassim Nicholas Taleb --
Statistical independence / Bart Kosko --
Certainty. Absolute truth. Exactitude / Richard Saul Wurman --
The illusion of scientific progress / Paul Saffo.
Responsibility: edited by John Brockman.

Abstract:

The bestselling editor of This Explains Everything brings together 175 of the world's most brilliant minds to tackle Edge.org's 2014 question: What scientific idea has become a relic blocking human progress? Each year, John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org--"The world's smartest website" (The Guardian)--challenges some of the world's greatest scientists, artists, and philosophers to answer a provocative question crucial to our time. In 2014 he asked 175 brilliant minds to ponder: What scientific idea needs to be put aside in order to make room for new ideas to advance? The answers are as surprising as they are illuminating.

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