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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?
(that's not the U2 guitarist, but the website/publisher)

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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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 01:55 PM
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1. Here's the link - wow that's a long list of people they asked!
http://edge.org/q2007/q07_index.html


Here's the link for Eno: http://edge.org/q2007/q07_13.html#eno

BRIAN ENO
Artist; Composer; Recording Producer: U2, Talking Heads, Paul Simon; Recording Artist


And Now the Good News

Things change for the better either because something went wrong or because something went right. Recently we've seen an example of the former, and this failures fill me with optimism.

<snip>

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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 03:14 PM
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2. Ah, thanks for that
a little bit important, isn't it, the link? :blush:
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adnelson60087 Donating Member (661 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 03:24 PM
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3. Wow, I think this is the best Link I have ever seen from DU
and I've seen a lot of great ones. Take some time to read through the responses...I'm fascinated!
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