What’s your dangerous idea?

Edge begins 2006 as mind provokingly as last year. Scientists answer the question what the most dangerous idea is they know.

Or do they?

Ideas can be dangerous. Darwin had one, for instance. We hold all sorts of inventors and other innovators responsible for assaying, in advance, the environmental impact of their creations, and since ideas can have huge environmental impacts, I see no reason to exempt us thinkers from the responsibility of quarantining any deadly ideas we may happen to come across. So if I found what I took to be such a dangerous idea, I would button my lip until I could find some way of preparing the ground for its safe expression. I expect that others who are replying to this year’s Edge question have engaged in similar reflections and arrived at the same policy. If so, then some people may be pulling their punches with their replies. The really dangerous ideas they are keeping to themselves.

Daniel C. Dennett

[x]#1619 fan zondag 1 januari 2006 @ 12:51:49