What We Believe but Cannot Prove, John Brockman
John Brockman

What We Believe but Cannot Prove

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More than one hundred of the world's leading thinkers write about things they believe in, despite the absence of concrete proof
Scientific theory, more often than not, is born of bold assumption, disparate bits of unconnected evidence, and educated leaps of faith. Some of the most potent beliefs among brilliant minds are based on supposition alone — yet that is enough to push those minds toward making the theory viable.
Eminent cultural impresario, editor, and publisher of Edge (www.edge.org), John Brockman asked a group of leading scientists and thinkers to answer the question: What do you believe to be true even though you cannot prove it? This book brings together the very best answers from the most distinguished contributors.
Thought-provoking and hugely compelling, this collection of bite-size thought-experiments is a fascinating insight into the instinctive beliefs of some of the most brilliant minds today.
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claus94029shared an impression3 years ago


third culture, which “consists of those scientists and other thinkers in the empirical world who, through their work and expository writing, are taking the place of the traditional intellectual in rendering visible the deeper meanings of our lives, redefining who and what we are

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kikyhas quoted2 years ago
Design cannot precede evolution and therefore cannot underlie the universe
Those very men and women who castigated us for our insistence on some cloudy notion that was not subject to the holy trinity of blind, controlled, and randomized testing are at last bending the knee to declare their faith.
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