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The 150 Things the World's Smartest People Are Afraid Of.
Motherboard ^ | 7/16/2013 | Brian Merchant

Posted on 07/16/2013 7:08:31 PM PDT by Usagi_yo

Every year, the online magazine Edge--the so-called smartest website in the world, helmed by science impresario John Brockman--asks top scientists, technologists, writers, and academics to weigh in on a single question. This year, that query was "What Should We Be Worried About?", and the idea was to identify new problems arising in science, tech, and culture that haven't yet been widely recognized.

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I was particularly interested in the concept of "Black Swan Event".
1 posted on 07/16/2013 7:08:31 PM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: Usagi_yo

I’m afraid of going to a website that makes me click through 150 items just to boost their hit count...

So I ain’t gonna do it.


2 posted on 07/16/2013 7:10:10 PM PDT by djf (Rich widows: My Bitcoin address is... 1ETDmR4GDjwmc9rUEQnfB1gAnk6WLmd3n6)
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To: djf

Agreed - really hating the one-click-per-item on the list web site.


3 posted on 07/16/2013 7:11:42 PM PDT by T. P. Pole
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To: djf

Actually it isn’t one of those... ya just keep scrolling allll the way down :)

(I don’t like those either ; )

Dear Lord, guide us.
Tatt


4 posted on 07/16/2013 7:15:33 PM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: Usagi_yo

I was very intrigued by this topic.

I went there and started reading the list. At first I was a bit impatient, but gradually I realized.

The “world’s smartest people” don’t appear to have a flipping clue.

Good grief.


5 posted on 07/16/2013 7:16:25 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: Usagi_yo

Spiders. I still hate spiders.


6 posted on 07/16/2013 7:16:56 PM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: djf

I’m unsure of what you mean, the link takes you directly to the article ... I made sure of that before posting.

Perhaps you’re not scrolling down?

Cheers


7 posted on 07/16/2013 7:17:10 PM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

No doubt “climate change” is on the list.


8 posted on 07/16/2013 7:18:04 PM PDT by Zeneta (No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.)
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To: Usagi_yo
The movie Idiocracy. If you haven't seen it, please do.
9 posted on 07/16/2013 7:18:28 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the mainland US There'd be a rifle behind each blade of grass.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

“The “world’s smartest people” don’t appear to have a flipping clue.”

And this surprised you? Clearly you have not been paying good attention.

The world’s smartest people are here at Free Republic, ignore the others.


10 posted on 07/16/2013 7:19:48 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Usagi_yo

How did Mrs. Riley’s chicken not make the list?


11 posted on 07/16/2013 7:22:23 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: djf

http://www.edge.org/responses/q2013

Direct link.

When the first fear is that we don’t copy the inhuman eugenics programs of the Chinese Communists, I saw the sight for what it is. Intellectually self aggrandized morons.

Thank you, no.


12 posted on 07/16/2013 7:23:10 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Usagi_yo
Well, nobody asked me. What if there were a hops blight and hence NO MORE BEER? Hmm?

Don't even get me started on a chocolate crisis.

13 posted on 07/16/2013 7:23:52 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Usagi_yo

>> “4. That pseudoscience will gain ground.” <<

.
Since Darwin, psuedoscience has been the biggest gainer on the scene.


14 posted on 07/16/2013 7:24:02 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Usagi_yo

The Black Swan is a catastrophic event that we cannot anticipate because it goes against everything we have ever known to be true. But once it occurs, there is the tendency to believe that we should have seen of coming. Basically, a black swan is the unknown unknown that we cannot prepare for because we never see it coming.

Taleb says the 9/11 was such an event but many of my colleagues disagree because some of them did see 9/11 coming.

Spent many hours in my Risk Analysis class talking about black swans.


15 posted on 07/16/2013 7:24:38 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Electrolytes. They’re what plants need.


16 posted on 07/16/2013 7:25:03 PM PDT by CollegeRepublican
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To: Usagi_yo

There were some interesting ones on the list, but there was a hell of a large number of contributors who I would not choose to pick up my garbage, but less designate them “smartest people on the planet”. Hence, many of the concerns are utter rubbish.


17 posted on 07/16/2013 7:25:49 PM PDT by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: editor-surveyor

Exactly. Darwinism IS pseudoscience on steroids.


18 posted on 07/16/2013 7:28:17 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Usagi_yo
9. That the internet is ruining writing. – David Gelernter, Yale computer scientist

Definitely agree with that one!!

BTW, Gelernter was one of the Unabomber's last victims.

19 posted on 07/16/2013 7:28:56 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Zeneta

Not that I saw.

Only one seemed genuinely serious (to me, in a list of 150 things)

#27. That people will stop dying.

There was a funny one:

#148: Stupidity.

And one almost too true:

21. Not much. I ride motorcycles without a helmet.

:)


20 posted on 07/16/2013 7:28:59 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: Usagi_yo

armed law abiding citizens that aren’t forced to retreat...


21 posted on 07/16/2013 7:31:06 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Usagi_yo
33. Men. –Helen Fisher, biological anthropologist

Sounds like a fun gal to be stuck in an elevator with for 20 hours.

22 posted on 07/16/2013 7:32:18 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Santorum appeared on CBS and pronounced George Zimmerman guilty of murder, first degree. March-2012)
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To: Usagi_yo

152. Penis embargo of 2014


23 posted on 07/16/2013 7:32:56 PM PDT by 12chachacha (Sucker??)
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To: ansel12

Ok .... Now I have to go read this crap .....:o)

Too funny !


24 posted on 07/16/2013 7:34:40 PM PDT by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: drbuzzard
There were some interesting ones on the list, but there was a hell of a large number of contributors who I would not choose to pick up my garbage, but less designate them “smartest people on the planet”. Hence, many of the concerns are utter rubbish.

OP agrees with you. Just separate the wheat from the chaff. I was hardly interested in who said what, that's strictly paranthetical.

25 posted on 07/16/2013 7:35:00 PM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: drbuzzard

Agree. I want to know who decided to put on the list.

Arianna Huffington - not one of my choices for the 150 smartest people.


26 posted on 07/16/2013 7:35:23 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: drbuzzard

Yes: Brian Eno leaps to mind!


27 posted on 07/16/2013 7:36:30 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Usagi_yo
Donald Rumsfeld caught a lot of flak about his known knowns, known unknowns and unknown unknowns remark, back in the Bush administration era.

While it may have sounded somewhat awkward to laymen (for whom it was actually intended), it was an attempt to lay out a basic grid for threat assessment. Unknown unknowns would be a Black Swan event.

No way to prepare, no way of really even knowing what hit you until you're well into the event or problem. Blindsided by something you couldn't even envision prior, more or less.

28 posted on 07/16/2013 7:39:48 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Usagi_yo

Three of them may have been aware of the Zimmermen show-trial:

12. That search engines will become arbiters of truth. —W. Daniel Hillis, physicist
34. The social media-fication of science writing. –Michael I. Norton, Harvard Business School prof
(he should have said “everything” instead of limiting his remark to “scirncr eriting)
40. We need institutions and cultural norms that make us better than we tend to be. It seems to me that the greatest challenge we now face is to build them. –Sam Harris, neuroscientist


29 posted on 07/16/2013 7:40:20 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: RegulatorCountry

Yes...the Black Swan. Gotta hand it to the person who coined that phrase. Perfect.


30 posted on 07/16/2013 7:43:22 PM PDT by Blackirish (Forward Comrades!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Usagi_yo
4. That pseudoscience will gain ground. – Helena Cronin, author, philosopher

it already has, it's called man made globull warming...

31 posted on 07/16/2013 7:45:50 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Usagi_yo
What worries me most is that sometime in the future while I'm sleeping an agent from the government will inject me with something that will suppress all my worries.

Then I will be happy and serene regardless of what is happening around me.

That worries the begeezus out of me!

32 posted on 07/16/2013 7:48:42 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Usagi_yo

bfl


33 posted on 07/16/2013 7:54:29 PM PDT by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: ansel12
Is it this person?

I'm sure you two could have a nice long discussion about her opinion of men.

34 posted on 07/16/2013 7:59:49 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Usagi_yo

For one this:

The 150 Things the World’s Smartest People Are Afraid Of.

Should read this:

The 150 Things the World’s Smartest People Fear.

Never end a sentence with a preposition!


35 posted on 07/16/2013 8:01:29 PM PDT by rfreedom4u (I have a copy of the Constitution! And I'm not afraid to use it!)
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To: Usagi_yo

My biggest fear - that the people who wrote those answers are the smartest people in the world.

If so, we’re doomed.


36 posted on 07/16/2013 8:04:52 PM PDT by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: Usagi_yo
The 150 Things the World's Smartest People Are Afraid Of

151. That we will be unable to live without the internet. –Daniel C. Dennet, philosopher

That we've lost the concept of a limited set and that editors will just keep going past 150.

Oh, wait, I see the problem.

46. Stress. –Arianna Huffington, aggregationist extraordinaire

The list is of 150 things the world's smartest people are afraid of and one inane comment by Arianna.

37 posted on 07/16/2013 8:19:31 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (This message has been recorded but not approved by Obama's StasiNet. Read it at your peril.)
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To: Jim from C-Town

Evolution is a big fat lie.


38 posted on 07/16/2013 8:21:50 PM PDT by Psiman (PS I am not a crackpot)
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To: Usagi_yo

Great post, thanks. I also got bogged with interest at the second one down by Taleb who wrote “The Black Swan” and “Antifragile.”*

These all seem very interesting, and all seem worth reading through even is some are stupid and I disagree! This is a long and complicated compilation of essays, NOT just a slide show for clicks!

I think few if any Freepers here have actually read and thought about all of these 150 essays in the time since this article was posted on FR! (I am impressed by anyone who really did! Tell us so we can clap for you!) It’s the kind of long publication you pick at a little, or you work through.

You will learn on some...

You will get thinking practice on some...

You will get CRITICAL thinking practice on some that are stupid...

And on the things stupid, with which you disagree, you will learn the way that those people think, so you can be the opposition if it comes to that!

It is WAY less irksome to read this than reading posts at “DU” to keep up with the bad guys!


*Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering, NYU-Poly; Author, Antifragile

What We Learn From Firefighters
How Fat Are the Fat Tails?



39 posted on 07/16/2013 8:29:19 PM PDT by Weirdad (Orthodox Americanism: It's what's good for the world! (Not communofascism!))
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To: Psiman
There is certainly no evidence at all that any organism ever evolved into another organism regardless of the period of time allowed for.

Check this one out Douglas T. Kenrick believes that intelligence is the same as having a high level of education. Only an intellectual could honestly believe that. He also incorrectly interprets the reason why both Canada and America have the same IQ in their highest five % of the population 120+ , yet the lowest 5% of America is a full 5 pts lower than that of Canada's lowest 5%. 75 Vs 80.

He links this to large families among poor people but doesn't old that the data may show a much less homogenized society in the U.S. with a large population of African and Native American descendants.

Morons of intelligentsia, save us from the intelligent idiots!

40 posted on 07/16/2013 8:38:32 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Usagi_yo; Weirdad

Oh, I used the direct link from “Jim from C-Town” without thinking about it and did not realize that the original post is linked to a site that only SUMMARIZES the 150 points.

Y’all use the direct link (thanks to “Jim from C-Town”) if you want to read all the essays, and wonder what I was talking about immediately above.

http://www.edge.org/responses/q2013


41 posted on 07/16/2013 8:39:01 PM PDT by Weirdad (Orthodox Americanism: It's what's good for the world! (Not communofascism!))
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To: Usagi_yo
12. That search engines will become arbiters of truth. --W. Daniel Hillis, physicist.

This.

42 posted on 07/16/2013 8:41:18 PM PDT by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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To: BenLurkin

With my sweet and gentle communicating style, within a couple of hours I would have her cooing like a love sick kitten.


43 posted on 07/16/2013 8:45:17 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Santorum appeared on CBS and pronounced George Zimmerman guilty of murder, first degree. March-2012)
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To: Usagi_yo

I think “Black Swan Events” are so much BS - some intellectual’s attempt to make a name for himself by coming up with some new catchy concept he can obsess about with his chattering-class buddies - supposedly events that no one could have seen coming, in fact I think they’re often just issues no one wants to talk about until they come to a head - the big financial crash of 2008 was supposed to have been a Black Swan, but people as financially unschooled as me were asking years ago what was going to happen to all those ARM mortgages being given out to people who could barely afford them when their rates reset - but of course we weren’t permitted to talk about such things in public because that would have been “racist” or shown no respect for the poor - and of course we can’t talk about them today because we’d end up implicating half the ‘rat party in the reckless policies that brought on the collapse - I’d be much more worried about politicians and entertainment-intellectuals misleading the public than I would be about any “Black Swan”......


44 posted on 07/16/2013 9:29:56 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Usagi_yo

I have this odd thing about being in close quarters with someone who is vomiting or is about to.

I can see it on TV or in a YouTube video but not up close.


45 posted on 07/16/2013 9:33:39 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Causing trouble since 1976)
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I fear this as our future.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Vw2CrY9Igs


46 posted on 07/16/2013 10:08:08 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (Inbred, pedophile-worshipping, misogynists (mozlums) offend me.)
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To: Tanniker Smith
or Tom, headless chicken...(1940s)
there's a festival.

47 posted on 07/16/2013 10:10:43 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :)
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To: Blackirish
Yes...the Black Swan. Gotta hand it to the person who coined that phrase. Perfect.

I've never understood what it meant. The Blue Sky. The Yellow Daffodil. The Red Ferrari. What's the point?

48 posted on 07/16/2013 10:53:31 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy
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To: KosmicKitty
Taleb says the 9/11 was such an event but many of my colleagues disagree because some of them did see 9/11 coming.

The problem here is that I've yet to see a dated publication prior to 9/11 warning of the danger of airliners being flown into skyscrapers. Somebody may indeed have foreseen this, but I suspect its mostly hindsight genius.

The closest I've seen to prediction of this disaster was in a Tom Clancy novel, when a Japanese radical flies a plane into the Capitol during the State of the Union address. But that was a cargo plane.

49 posted on 07/17/2013 5:44:47 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: KosmicKitty
Taleb says the 9/11 was such an event but many of my colleagues disagree because some of them did see 9/11 coming.

Taleb would have to be even more blind than the blind sheik not to have seen 9/11 coming after the first attempt on the WTC.
50 posted on 07/17/2013 7:22:59 AM PDT by aruanan
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