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This Idea Must Die:

Scientific Theories That Are Blocking Progress

  • Runtime: 16.4 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 2.17.2015
  • Publisher: Tantor
  • Genre: Nonfiction/Science
  • 16.42 hrs2/17/2015Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 9781494578985
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Each year, John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org, 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. In This Idea Must Die: Steven Pinker dismantles the working theory of human behavior Sherry Turkle reevaluates our expectations of artificial intelligence Andrei Linde suggests that our universe and its laws may not be as unique as we think Martin Rees explains why scientific understanding is a limitless goal Nina Jablonski argues to rid ourselves of the concept of race And much more. Profound, engaging, thoughtful, and groundbreaking, This Idea Must Die will change your perceptions and understanding of our world today . . . and tomorrow.

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Physics, statistics, robotics, linguistics, medicine---all are zestfully scrutinized in this exuberant, mind-blowing gathering of innovative thinkers.Booklist

“An epicenter of bleeding-edge insight across science, technology, and beyond.”

Atlantic

“Fascinating…Scientific work that will appeal to a variety of readers, no matter their background.”

Publishers Weekly

“Physics, statistics, robotics, linguistics, medicine—all are zestfully scrutinized in this exuberant, mind-blowing gathering of innovative thinkers.”

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Author Biography

John Brockman, editor of many books, including The Next Fifty Years, is also the author of By the Late John Brockman, The Third Culture, and Digerati: Encounters with the Cyber Elite. He is the founder and CEO of Brockman Inc., a literary and software agency, and the publisher and editor of the website Edge. He lives in New York City.

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Susan Ericksen is an actor and voice-over artist. She has been awarded nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award. As an actor and director, she has worked in theaters throughout the country.

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