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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 01:36 PM
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The Edge ask world thinkers: What are you Optimistic About? Why?
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As an activity, as a state of mind, science is fundamentally optimistic. Science figures out how things work and thus can make them work better. Much of the news is either good news or news that can be made good, thanks to ever deepening knowledge and ever more efficient and powerful tools and techniques. Science, on its frontiers, poses more and ever better questions, ever better put.

DANIEL C. DENNETT: The Evaporation of the Powerful Mystique of Religion

WALTER ISAACSON: Print As a Technology

DANIEL GOLEMAN: Transparency is Inevitable

GEOFFREY CARR: Malthus was wrong

and Steven Pinker, Michael Shermer, George Dyson, Jared Diamond, John Horgan, Sam Harris, Matt Ridley, Simon Baron-Cohen, Lee Smolin, Craig Venter, Paul Davis, Richard Dawkins, Brian Eno, and many, many more.
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