Monday, February 7, 2011

Top Thought Leaders Make Up "Edge"

Here is publishing director John Brockman with three of the original members of Edge who provide the sounding board for the ideas and information provided by the amazing collection of thought leaders who make up Edge. Edge Foundation, Inc., was established in 1988 as an outgrowth of a group known as The Reality Club. Its informal membership includes some of the most interesting minds in the world.

The mandate of Edge Foundation is to promote inquiry into and discussion of intellectual, philosophical, artistic, and literary issues, as well as to work for the intellectual and social achievement of society.

Shown here are (from left to right) George Dyson, Stewart Brand, John Brockman (standing), and Kevin Kelly, who together create the Edge Annual Question which Edge has been asking for the past fourteen years.

George Dyson, a science historian, is the author of Darwin Among the Machines and the forthcoming Turing's Cathedral. Stewart Brand is the founder and editor of Whole Earth Catalog and author of Whole Earth Discipline; and Kevin Kelly helped to launch Wired in 1993 and is the author of Out of Control and What Technology Wants.

Along with the many books, articles and website discussions, very year John Brockman asks one deceivingly simple question. For example, "What are you Optimistic About?" And because there's a network of thousands of really brilliant minds, the answers are mind-boggling. This year's question was "What Scientific Concept Would Improve Everybody's Cognitive Toolkit"?

Check out the site (click on the heading above) to see the wide range of topics and the variety of writers who participate.

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