Each year, the World Question Center, part of edge.org, presents an annual question to ponder. This year, over 100 invited scholars responded with original essays in reply to the question for 2006: "What’s your dangerous idea?"
The history of science is replete with discoveries that were considered socially, morally, or emotionally dangerous in their time; the Copernican and Darwinian revolutions are the most obvious. What is your dangerous idea? An idea you think about (not necessarily one you originated) that is dangerous not because it is assumed to be false, but because it might be true?
The invited responses are fascinating, and mostly on topics that are beyond my daily repertoire: always good to read beyond the confines of your usual world.
And, it’s a great question to consider for all of us wanting to make a difference: what is your dangerous idea, the one that is socially, morally or emotionally dangerous in our time?
How can 2006 be your year of the "dangerous idea"?