19 January 2006

What is your Dangerous Idea?

John Brockman, Publisher & Editor at Edge.org asks some of the brightest minds in science and technology to consider one question. This year: What is your dangerous idea?

“The history of science is replete with discoveries that were considered socially, morally, or emotionally dangerous in their time; the Copernican and Darwinian revolutions are the most obvious. What is your dangerous idea? An idea you think about (not necessarily one you originated) that is dangerous not because it is assumed to be false, but because it might be true?”

John says, "What you will find emerging out of the 119 original essays in the 75,000 word document written in response to the 2006 Edge Question — "What is your dangerous idea?" — are indications of a new natural philosophy, founded on the realization of the import of complexity, of evolution. Very complex systems — whether organisms, brains, the biosphere, or the universe itself — were not constructed by design; all have evolved. There is a new set of metaphors to describe ourselves, our minds, the universe, and all of the things we know in it."

My dangerous idea is:
Put the health, education and welfare of a child as the core strategy for every country in the world. This will shape how we grow value, transform the challenges facing us today, and create an opportunity for a brighter, safer, and healthier way of life.

I've been thinking about this in the context of our struggle here in The Netherlands with so many changes and challenges. Is there an idea that you have that would trigger an evolution in values and culture to embrace a new way of creating value for ourselves that includes diversity and creativity?

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