Skip to comments.The 150 Things the World's Smartest People Are Afraid Of.
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’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.
Agreed - really hating the one-click-per-item on the list web site.
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.
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.
Spiders. I still hate spiders.
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?
No doubt “climate change” is on the list.
“The worlds smartest people dont 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.
How did Mrs. Riley’s chicken not make the list?
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.
Don't even get me started on a chocolate crisis.
>> “4. That pseudoscience will gain ground.” <<
Since Darwin, psuedoscience has been the biggest gainer on the scene.
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.
Electrolytes. They’re what plants need.
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.
Exactly. Darwinism IS pseudoscience on steroids.
Definitely agree with that one!!
BTW, Gelernter was one of the Unabomber's last victims.
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:
And one almost too true:
21. Not much. I ride motorcycles without a helmet.
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