Every scientist has his or her ´´ultimate question,´´ the unknown quantity that, if answered, would break open their field. In the spirit of this, Edge.org publisher John Brockman asks 284 of the world´s leading scientists, academics, artists, and intellectuals: ´´What is the last question?´´ Contributors include: Jared Diamond: ´´Why is there such widespread public opposition to science and scientific reasoning in the United States, the world leader in every major branch of science?´´Steven Pinker: ´´How can we empower the better angels of our nature?´´Carlo Rovelli: ´´Is there an ultimate reality?´´Nina Jablonski: ´´When will race disappear?´´Kevin Kelly: ´´How can the process of science be improved?´´Andrei Linde: ´´Where were the laws of physics written before the universe was born?´´Mario Livio: ´´Will it ever be possible to download the information stored in the human brain?´´Ian McEwan: ´´If the sum of all significant knowledge is finite, what proportion of it can humans, aided by intelligent machines, eventually attain?´´George Dyson: ´´Why are there no trees in the ocean?´´Dylan Evans: ´´Will civilization collapse before I die?´´And many, many others
Delving deeper into Native American practice, Don Miguel Ruiz confronts us with three simple yet profound questions which are essential to explore at each stage of our lives: Who am I? What is real? How do I express love? A fascinating exploration on spirituality and human identity, The Three Questions is essential reading for those in pursuit of self-knowledge, understanding and acceptance.
Ask your friends. Ask your parents. Ask someone you hardly know. The Book of Questions gives you permission to ask those things that are too bold, too embarrassing, or just too difficult to ask by yourself. You will find questions of integrity; of sex; of what you would do for money; even things too personal to talk about out loud.Whether you use it as a tool for self discovery, or as a provocative way to stimulate conversation, this book constantly challenges attitudes, morals, beliefs-and it challenges you.
We human beings had no say in existing - we just opened our eyes and found ourselves here. We have a fundamental need to understand who we are and the world we live in. Reason takes us a long way, but mystery remains. In Ultimate Questions, acclaimed philosopher Bryan Magee provocatively argues that we have no way of fathoming our own natures or finding definitive answers to the big questions we all face. Magee urges us to be the mapmakers of what is intelligible, and to identify the boundaries of meaningfulness. He traces this tradition of thought to his chief philosophical mentors - Locke, Hume, Kant, and Schopenhauer - and shows why this approach to the enigma of existence can enrich our lives and transform our understanding of the human predicament. As Magee puts it, ´´There is a world of difference between being lost in the daylight and being lost in the dark.´´
Many books offer information about the world´s most populous country, but few make sense of what is truly at stake. Thirty of the world´s leading China experts¿affiliates of Harvard´s renowned Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies¿answer key questions about where this new superpower is headed and what makes its people and their leaders tick.