What Are You Optimistic About?
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John Brockman

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The nightly news and conventional wisdom tell us that things are bad and getting worse. Yet despite dire predictions, scientists see many good things on the horizon. John Brockman, publisher of Edge (www.edge.org), the influential online salon, recently asked more than 150 high-powered scientific thinkers to answer a vital question for our frequently pessimistic times: "What are you optimistic about?"

Spanning a wide range of topics—from string theory to education, from population growth to medicine, and even from global warming to the end of world— What Are You Optimistic About? is an impressive array of what world-class minds (including Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, New York Times bestselling authors, and Harvard professors, among others) have weighed in to offer carefully considered optimistic visions of tomorrow. Their provocative and controversial ideas may rouse skepticism, but they might possibly change our perceptions of humanity's future.

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Abu Ghraib
acute myelogenous leukemia(AML)
Adler, Jerry
African Union Summit
aging and longevity
see also immortality; life expectancy
Albright, Madeleine
Allen, Paul
Allen, Woody
al-Sadr, Muqtada
alternative life
‘Ambivalent Luddite at a Technological Feast, An’(MacCready)
Anatomy of Melancholy
Anderson, Alun
Anderson, Chris (curator of TED)
Anderson, Chris (of Wired)
Anna Karenina
Anti-Oedipus (Guatarri, Deleuze)
Asimov, Isaac
Augustine, Norman
Bacon, Francis
Banaji, Mahzarin R.
Baron-Cohen, Simon
Barondes, Samuel
Barrett, Craig
Beckett, Margaret
beliefs, unraveling
Belloc, Hilaire
Benford, Gregory
Bernal, Desmond
Berreby, David
Bezos, Jeff
Bharucha, Jamshed
Big Bang
Bingham, Roger
Bishop, Elizabeth
Blair, Tony
Blakemore, Colin
Bly, Adam
Bodanis, David
Bohr, Niels
Bohringer, Karl
Book of Miracles, A
amygdala in
enhanced powers of
male–female differences in
prefrontal cortex in
zombie processes’ within
see also neuroscience
Brand, Stewart
Branson, Richard
Brenner, Sydney
Brooks, Rodney
Brown, Andrew
Brownian motion
Brundtland, Gro Harlem
Buffett, Warren
Burt, Austin
Burton, Robert
Bush, George W.
Buss, David
Byars, James Lee
Cairns-Smith, Graham
Calacanis, Jason McCabe
Calvin, John
Calvin, William
Campbell, Philip
capital punishment
capitalism as force for good
see also market forces
carbon trading
personal (PCT)
Carr, Geoffrey
Carse, James, P.
Chalupa, Leo M.
chamber of wonders(Wunderkammer)
Children’s Machine, The (Papert)
Church, George
Clark, Andy
Cleland, Carol
climate change/global warming
Personal Carbon Trading to address
see a...

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Brockman, J. (2009). What Are You Optimistic About? ([edition unavailable]). HarperCollins. Retrieved from https://www.perlego.com/book/582240/what-are-you-optimistic-about-pdf (Original work published 2009)
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Brockman, John. (2009) 2009. What Are You Optimistic About? [Edition unavailable]. HarperCollins. https://www.perlego.com/book/582240/what-are-you-optimistic-about-pdf.
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Brockman, J. (2009) What Are You Optimistic About? [edition unavailable]. HarperCollins. Available at: https://www.perlego.com/book/582240/what-are-you-optimistic-about-pdf (Accessed: 14 October 2022).
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Brockman, John. What Are You Optimistic About? [edition unavailable]. HarperCollins, 2009. Web. 14 Oct. 2022.