Smarter is Good

by Mike Clayton  - September 12, 2012

I am enjoying the latest book by John Brockman – editor of The Edge�(which was referred to by The Observer as “the world’s smartest website”. �The book, “This will make you smarter” is a collation of essays by 165 of the finest thinkers and scientists, in response to a single question:

“What scientific concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?”

The answers are personal perspectives and each one that I have read so far has been stimulating, engaging and… wise. �Here is an example of deep smart leading to wisdom.

In Smart to Wise I quote Voltaire:

“Judge a man by his questions, rather than by his answers”

The wisdom of this book is in such a great question. �Brockman credits Steven Pinker with it and Daniel Kahneman for helping frame it. �In fact this is the latest in a series of “Edge Questions”. �Each year, Brockman poses a question to a wide array of top scientists and thinkers and collates the essays they write in answer. �The books are well worth looking at. �For much wisdom from some of the great thinkers of our time, check out:

This Explains Everything
Edge Question 2012: “What is your favourite deep, elegant or beautiful explanation?”

This will make you Smarter
Edge Question 2011: “What scientific concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?”

How is the Internet changing the way you Think?
Edge Question 2012: “How is�the Internet changing the way you Think?”

This will change Everything
Edge Question 2009: “What will change everything?”

What have you changed your Mind about?
Edge Question 2008: “What have you changed your mind about?”�

What are you Optimistic about?
Edge Question 2007: “What are you optimistic about?”�

What is your Dangerous idea?
Edge Question 2006: “What is your dangerous idea?”�

What we Believe but cannot Prove
Edge Question 2005: “What do you believe is true even though you cannot prove it?”�

Thinking about a conference ...

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