What Have You Changed Your Mind About? Today's Leading Minds Rethink Everything

John Brockman, Author, Brian Eno, Introduction by . Harper Perennial $14.95 (387p) ISBN 978-0-06-168654-2

In this wide-ranging assortment of 150 brief essays, well-known figures from every conceivable field demonstrate why it's a prerogative of all thoughtful people to change their mind once in a while. Technologist Ray Kurzweil says he now shares Enrico Fermi's question: if other intelligent civilizations exist, then where are they? Nassim Nicholas Taleb (The Black Swan ) reveals that he has lost faith in probability as a guiding light for making decisions. Oliver Morton (Mapping Mars ) confesses that he has lost his childlike faith in the value of manned space flight to distant worlds. J. Craig Venter, celebrated for his work on the human genome, has ceased to believe that nature can absorb any abuses that we subject it to, and that world governments must move quickly to prevent global disaster. Alan Alda says, “So far, I've changed my mind twice about God,” going from believer to atheist to agnostic. Brockman, editor of Edge.org and numerous anthologies, has pulled together a thought-provoking collection of focused and tightly argued pieces demonstrating the courage to change strongly held convictions. (Jan.)

Reviewed on: 11/03/2008
Release date: 01/01/2009
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