What is your dangerous idea?
The brilliant minds of The Edge community have been pondering that question and have come up with no less than 117 essays.
Here are a few of my favourites:
Carolyn Porco: The greatest story ever told.
At the heart of every scientific inquiry is a deep spiritual quest - to grasp, to know, … Continue Reading ››
Not only are there people who believe in creationism as a scientific fact. There are people who believe that the earth is the center of the universe and everything else revolves around us, and there are people who refuse to believe that HIV is the cause of AIDS.
In a comment
to a … Continue Reading ››
There's a lot of information on the web, so the challenge is always to find the stuff you need. The answer to this has mostly been hierarchies - to create great big taxonomies that hierarchically sort information.
For instance: The web magazine Diversity Inc.
is categorized under Business > Human Resources > Training … Continue Reading ››
I finally got my act together and started using del.icio.us
, a website that lets users share links. From their website:
What makes del.icio.us a social system is its ability to let you see the links that others have collected, as well as showing you who else has bookmarked a specific site. You can also … Continue Reading ››
If you build a machine that makes art - then who makes the art, you or the machine? Is it even art?
I don't know, I just know that the work of Bruce Shapiro
is incredibly beautiful and strange. His machines make art in sand, bubbles, metal or on eggs.
About 2 years ago I got myself a new PC, and since then I've only use one piece of software that I paid for - and that's Windows. Every other program on my computer is open source and free, and it has worked perfectly. I haven't missed Outlook, Microsoft Office, Dreamweaver or any of those … Continue Reading ››
The traditional view of evolution says that genes are passed along from ancestor to offspring. This view is currently being expanded to include horizontal gene transfer
Horizontal gene transfer is any process in which an organism transfers genetic material (i.e. DNA) to another cell that is not its offspring. By contrast, vertical transfer occurs when … Continue Reading ››
There is currently a rather active movement in the US that seeks to find fault with evolution and to promote creationism or the newest version of it, Intelligent design. One of the arguments often used, is that more and more scientists are coming to doubt evolution. This is probably not true, and the National Center … Continue Reading ››