What Should We Be Worried About?

What Should We Be Worried About?

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Real Scenarios That Keep Scientists Up at Night

Drawing from the horizons of science, today's leading thinkers reveal the hidden threats nobody is talking about - and expose the false fears everyone else is distracted by.

What should we be worried about? That is the question John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org ("The world's smartest website"-The Guardian), posed to the planet's most influential minds.

He asked them to disclose something that, for scientific reasons, worries them-particularly scenarios that aren't on the popular radar yet. Encompassing neuroscience, economics, philosophy, physics, psychology, biology, and more - here are 150 ideas that will revolutionize your understanding of the world.

  • Steven Pinker uncovers the real risk factors for war
  • Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi peers into the coming virtual abyss
  • Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek laments our squandered opportunities to prevent global catastrophe
  • Seth Lloyd calculates the threat of a financial black hole
  • Alison Gopnik on the loss of childhood
  • Nassim Nicholas Taleb explains why firefighters understand risk far better than economic "experts"
  • Matt Ridley on the alarming re-emergence of superstition
  • Daniel C. Dennett and George Dyson ponder the impact of a major breakdown of the Internet
  • Jennifer Jacquet fears human-induced damage to the planet due to "the Anthropocebo Effect"
  • Douglas Rushkoff fears humanity is losing its soul
  • Nicholas Carr on the "patience deficit"
  • Tim O'Reilly foresees a coming new Dark Age
  • Scott Atran on the homogenization of human experience
  • Sherry Turkle explores what's lost when kids are constantly connected
  • Kevin Kelly outlines the looming "underpopulation bomb"
  • Helen Fisher on the fate of men
  • Lawrence Krauss dreads what we don't know about the universe
  • Susan Blackmore on the loss of manual skills
  • Kate Jeffery on the death of death

Plus J. Craig Venter, Daniel Goleman, Virginia Heffernan, Sam Harris, Brian Eno, Martin Rees and more