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ANNUAL EDGE QUESTIONS FROM THE RECENT PAST

WELCOME TO URBANICITY
SENSING URBANITY
LISTENING FOR WORDS
VIEWING IMAGES OF MYSTERY
LOVING MUSIC
READING FOR LIVING
CELEBRATING THE MIND
TRAVELING TO EXPLORE
SEARCHING THE FUTURE
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
What changes in your thinking?
How are your thoughts affected by change?
 
The 2012 Edge Question:
 
What is your favorite deep, elegant, or beautiful explanation."
 
 
The 2011 Edge Question:
 
What scientific concept would improve everybody's cognitive tool kit?
 
A "scientific concept" may come from philosophy, logic, economics, jurisprudence, or other analytic enterprises, as long as it is a rigorous idea that may be summed up in a phrase but has broad application to understanding the world.
 
The 2010 Edge Question:
 
How is the Internet changing the way you think?
 
Has Google made us stupid? Why is it getting harder to read long pieces of writing? Has literature lost its hold on culture?
 
Is the internet changing the way we behave, talk, react, think, and remember? Are we turning into a new species?
 
These are a few snippets from scientists, artists and creative minds who have answered the 2010 Edge question.
 
What's YOUR take on it? Hundreds of thousand of words poured in to the Edge site in the first few days. Ponder and respond.
 
The 2009 Edge Question:
 
What will change everything?
 
The i-phone? Climate control? You name it.As individuals we continue to recreate ourselves-- but we don't get together and choose how culture is played out. We didn't vote for electricity, penicillin, or email. We didn't vote for the genome project or photos of Mars.
Science may not be the only news, but it is the arc of the big story. As we move towards the redefinition of life, the best that government and politics can do is play catch up. What game-changing scientific ideas and developments do you expect to live to see?
 
 
The 2008 Edge Question:
What have you changed your mind about?
 
 
The 2007 Edge Question:
What are you optimistic about?
 
The 2006 Edge Question:
What is your dangerous idea?
 
The 2005 Edge Question:
What do you believe is true even though you can't prove it?
 
"Flexibility is intrinsic to being human. I always change my mind about everything, and I never change my mind about everything."
- Biologist PZ Myers
 
HOW THEY CHANGED THEIR MINDS:
 
Media analyst Douglas Rushkoff: "I'm disillusioned by the lack of innovation on the internet." Steven Pinker: "Maybe we've stopped evolving." Biologist Richard Dawkins: "A flip-flop should be no handicap." Neuroscience researcher Sam Harris: "Mother nature is not our friend." Genome decoder Craig Venter: "We can't postpone solving the carbon fuel problem." Psychologist Alison Gopnik: "Imagination is real." Esther Dyson: "FaceBook has changed my mind about online privacy."
 
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