This Idea Is Brilliant: Lost, Overlooked, And Underappreciated Scientific Concepts Everyone Should Know

This Idea Is Brilliant: Lost, Overlooked, And Underappreciated Scientific Concepts Everyone Should Know

Author John Brockman Duration: 16:10:16 Narrator Charles Constant Publisher HarperCollins USA
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Synopsis

The latest volume in the bestselling series from Edge.org—dubbed “the world’s smartest website” by The Guardian—brings together 206 of the world’s most innovative thinkers to discuss the scientific concepts that everyone should know.

As science informs public policy, decision making, and so many aspects of our everyday lives, a scientifically literate society is crucial. In that spirit, Edge.org publisher and author of Know This, John Brockman, asks 206 of the world’s most brilliant minds the 2017 Edge Question: What scientific term or concept ought to be more widely known?

Contributors include: author of The God Delusion RICHARD DAWKINS on using animals’ “Genetic Book of the Dead” to reconstruct ecological history; MacArthur Fellow REBECCA NEWBERGER GOLDSTEIN on “scientific realism,” the idea that scientific theories explain phenomena beyond what we can see and touch; author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics CARLO ROVELLI on “relative information,” which governs the physical world around us; theoretical physicist LAWRENCE M. KRAUSS on the hidden blessings of “uncertainty”; cognitive scientist and author of The Language Instinct STEVEN PINKER on “The Second Law of Thermodynamics”; biogerontologist AUBREY DE GREY on why “maladaptive traits” have been conserved evolutionarily; musician BRIAN ENO on “confirmation bias” in the internet age; Man Booker-winning author of Atonement IAN MCEWAN on the “Navier-Stokes Equations,” which govern everything from weather prediction to aircraft design and blood flow; plus pieces from RICHARD THALER, JARED DIAMOND, NICHOLAS CARR, JANNA LEVIN, LISA RANDALL, KEVIN KELLY, DANIEL COLEMAN, FRANK WILCZEK, RORY SUTHERLAND, NINA JABLONSKI, MARTIN REES, ALISON GOPNIK, and many, many others.

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Chapters

  • 001 This Idea is Brilliant

    Duration: 19s

  • 002 Preface

    Duration: 03min

  • 003 The Longevity Factor

    Duration: 05min

  • 004 The Illusion of Explanatory Depth

    Duration: 04min

  • 005 Synaptic Transfer

    Duration: 04min

  • 006 The Genetic Book of the Dead

    Duration: 05min

  • 007 Exaptation

    Duration: 06min

  • 008 The Virial Theorem

    Duration: 06min

  • 009 The Second Law of Thermodynamics

    Duration: 06min

  • 010 Emergence

    Duration: 05min

  • 011 Natural Selection

    Duration: 05min

  • 012 DNA

    Duration: 03min

  • 013 Genetic Rescue

    Duration: 04min

  • 014 Positive Feedbacks in Climate Change

    Duration: 07min

  • 015 The Anthropocene

    Duration: 03min

  • 016 The Noosphere

    Duration: 05min

  • 017 The Gaia Hypothesis

    Duration: 04min

  • 018 Ocean Acidification

    Duration: 05min

  • 019 Intertemporal Choice

    Duration: 06min

  • 020 Future Self-Continuity

    Duration: 05min

  • 021 The Climate System

    Duration: 05min

  • 022 The Universe of Algorithms

    Duration: 05min

  • 023 Babylonian Lottery

    Duration: 05min

  • 024 Class Breaks

    Duration: 04min

  • 025 Recursion

    Duration: 01min

  • 026 Referential Opacity

    Duration: 04min

  • 027 Adaptive Preference

    Duration: 05min

  • 028 Antagonistic Pleiotropy

    Duration: 05min

  • 029 Maladaptation

    Duration: 03min

  • 030 Epigenetics

    Duration: 02min

  • 031 The Transcriptome

    Duration: 04min

  • 032 Polygenic Scores

    Duration: 04min

  • 033 Replicator Power

    Duration: 06min

  • 034 Fallibilism

    Duration: 03min

  • 035 Intellectual Honesty

    Duration: 02min

  • 036 Epsilon

    Duration: 02min

  • 037 Systemic Bias

    Duration: 06min

  • 038 Confirmation Bias

    Duration: 31s

  • 039 Negativity Bias

    Duration: 04min

  • 040 Positive Illusions

    Duration: 02min

  • 041 Russell Conjugation

    Duration: 06min

  • 042 Empathic Concern

    Duration: 03min

  • 043 Naive Realism

    Duration: 04min

  • 044 Motivated Reasoning

    Duration: 04min

  • 045 Spatial Agency Bias

    Duration: 03min

  • 046 Counting

    Duration: 04min

  • 047 On Average

    Duration: 03min

  • 048 Number Sense

    Duration: 05min

  • 049 Fermi Problems

    Duration: 04min

  • 050 Exponential

    Duration: 06min

  • 051 Impedance Matching

    Duration: 03min

  • 052 Homeostasis

    Duration: 03min

  • 053 Ashby's Law of Requisite Variety

    Duration: 03min

  • 054 Variety

    Duration: 05min

  • 055 Allostasis

    Duration: 04min

  • 056 The Brainstem

    Duration: 03min

  • 057 The Principle of Least Action

    Duration: 04min

  • 058 The Big Bang

    Duration: 04min

  • 059 Multiverse

    Duration: 06min

  • 060 Gravitational Radiation

    Duration: 04min

  • 061 The Non-Returnable Universe

    Duration: 05min

  • 062 The Big Bounce

    Duration: 05min

  • 063 Affordances

    Duration: 03min

  • 064 Enactivism

    Duration: 06min

  • 065 Paleoneurology

    Duration: 06min

  • 066 Complementarity

    Duration: 03min

  • 067 The Schnitt

    Duration: 05min

  • 068 Matter

    Duration: 05min

  • 069 Substrate Independence

    Duration: 06min

  • 070 PT Symmetry

    Duration: 05min

  • 071 Gravitational Lensing

    Duration: 04min

  • 072 The Cosmological Constant

    Duration: 05min

  • 073 Invariance

    Duration: 02min

  • 074 Unruh Radiation

    Duration: 01min

  • 075 Determinism

    Duration: 06min

  • 076 State

    Duration: 06min

  • 077 Parallel Universes of Quantum Mechanics

    Duration: 04min

  • 078 The Copernican Principle

    Duration: 02min

  • 079 Rheology

    Duration: 01min

  • 080 The Premortem

    Duration: 03min

  • 081 It's About Time

    Duration: 05min

  • 082 Maxwell's Demon

    Duration: 07min

  • 083 Included Middle

    Duration: 04min

  • 084 Relative Deprivation

    Duration: 04min

  • 085 Antisocial Preferences

    Duration: 05min

  • 086 Reciprocal Altruism

    Duration: 06min

  • 087 Isolation Mismatch

    Duration: 06min

  • 088 Mysterianism

    Duration: 03min

  • 089 Relative Information

    Duration: 04min

  • 090 Time Window

    Duration: 03min

  • 091 Effective Theory

    Duration: 03min

  • 092 Coarse Graining

    Duration: 03min

  • 093 Common Sense

    Duration: 06min

  • 094 Evolve as Metaphor

    Duration: 04min

  • 095 The Reynold's Number

    Duration: 02min

  • 096 Metamaterials

    Duration: 03min

  • 097 Stigler's Law of Eponymy

    Duration: 02min

  • 098 Comparative Advantage

    Duration: 04min

  • 099 Premature Optimization

    Duration: 05min

  • 100 Simulated Annealing

    Duration: 04min

  • 101 Attractors

    Duration: 05min

  • 102 Anthropomorphism

    Duration: 05min

  • 103 Cognitive Ethology

    Duration: 07min

  • 104 Mating Opportunity Costs

    Duration: 03min

  • 105 Sex

    Duration: 08min

  • 106 Supernormal Stimuli

    Duration: 04min

  • 107 Costly Signaling

    Duration: 06min

  • 108 Sexual Selection

    Duration: 05min

  • 109 Phylogeny

    Duration: 05min

  • 110 Neoteny

    Duration: 04min

  • 111 The Neural Code

    Duration: 02min

  • 112 Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking

    Duration: 04min

  • 113 Regression to the Mean

    Duration: 02min

  • 114 Scientific Realism

    Duration: 06min

  • 115 Fundamental Attribution Error

    Duration: 04min

  • 116 Habituation

    Duration: 05min

  • 117 General Standardization Theory

    Duration: 05min

  • 118 Scaling

    Duration: 06min

  • 119 The Menger Sponge

    Duration: 04min

  • 120 The Holographic Principle

    Duration: 06min

  • 121 The Navier-Stokes Equations

    Duration: 01min

  • 122 The Scientist

    Duration: 05min

  • 123 Bayes' Theorem

    Duration: 04min

  • 124 Uncertainty

    Duration: 06min

  • 125 Equipoise

    Duration: 04min

  • 126 Ansatz

    Duration: 03min

  • 127 On the Average

    Duration: 06min

  • 128 Blind Analysis

    Duration: 03min

  • 129 Homophily

    Duration: 03min

  • 130 Social Identity

    Duration: 04min

  • 131 Reflective Beliefs

    Duration: 05min

  • 132 Alloparenting

    Duration: 04min

  • 133 Cumulative Culture

    Duration: 06min

  • 134 Life History

    Duration: 05min

  • 135 Haldane's Rule of the Right Size

    Duration: 04min

  • 136 Phenotypic Plasticity

    Duration: 06min

  • 137 Sleeper Sensitive Periods

    Duration: 06min

  • 138 Zone of Proximal Development

    Duration: 03min

  • 139 Length Biased Sampling

    Duration: 07min

  • 140 Construal

    Duration: 06min

  • 141 Double Blind

    Duration: 05min

  • 142 The Law of Small Numbers

    Duration: 04min

  • 143 Commitment Devices

    Duration: 04min

  • 144 Illusory Conjunction

    Duration: 03min

  • 145 Bisociation

    Duration: 04min

  • 146 Conceptual Combination

    Duration: 06min

  • 147 Boolean Logic

    Duration: 04min

  • 148 Neurodiversity

    Duration: 03min

  • 149 Case-Based Reasoning

    Duration: 03min

  • 150 Media Richness

    Duration: 06min

  • 151 Piercean Semiotics

    Duration: 04min

  • 152 Historiometrics

    Duration: 06min

  • 153 Population Thinking

    Duration: 05min

  • 154 Bounded Optimality

    Duration: 03min

  • 155 Satisficing

    Duration: 04min

  • 156 De-Anonimization

    Duration: 04min

  • 157 Functional Equations

    Duration: 06min

  • 158 Decentering

    Duration: 05min

  • 159 Transfer Learning

    Duration: 05min

  • 160 The Symbol-Grounding Problem

    Duration: 06min

  • 161 Abstraction

    Duration: 04min

  • 162 Networks

    Duration: 04min

  • 163 Morphogenetic Fields

    Duration: 02min

  • 164 Herd Immunity

    Duration: 05min

  • 165 Somatic Evolution

    Duration: 03min

  • 166 Criticality

    Duration: 02min

  • 167 Information Pathology

    Duration: 04min

  • 168 Iatrotropic Stimulus

    Duration: 04min

  • 169 Mismatch Conditions

    Duration: 05min

  • 170 Actionable Predictions

    Duration: 04min

  • 171 The Texas Sharpshooter

    Duration: 03min

  • 172 Digital Representation

    Duration: 06min

  • 173 Embodied Thinking

    Duration: 03min

  • 174 The Trolley Problem

    Duration: 03min

  • 175 Mental Emulation

    Duration: 02min

  • 176 Prediction Error Minimization

    Duration: 03min

  • 177 Impossible

    Duration: 03min

  • 178 Optimization

    Duration: 05min

  • 179 The Cancer Seed and Soil Hypothesis

    Duration: 05min

  • 180 Simplistic Disease Progression

    Duration: 02min

  • 181 Effect Modification

    Duration: 07min

  • 182 The Power Law

    Duration: 05min

  • 183 Type I and Type II Errors

    Duration: 05min

  • 184 The Ideal Free Distribution

    Duration: 04min

  • 185 Chronobiology

    Duration: 04min

  • 186 Deliberate Ignorance

    Duration: 04min

  • 187 The Need for Closure

    Duration: 02min

  • 188 Polythetic Entitation

    Duration: 06min

  • 189 Quines

    Duration: 03min

  • 190 Verbal Overshadowing

    Duration: 02min

  • 191 Liminality

    Duration: 02min

  • 192 Possibility Space

    Duration: 04min

  • 193 Alternative Possibilities

    Duration: 04min

  • 194 Indexical Information

    Duration: 05min

  • 195 Emotion Contagion

    Duration: 03min

  • 196 Negative Evidence

    Duration: 05min

  • 197 Emptiness

    Duration: 02min

  • 198 Effect Size

    Duration: 03min

  • 199 Surreal Numbers

    Duration: 05min

  • 200 Standard Deviation

    Duration: 06min

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