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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Edge: The Question of 2010

Background, Edge Foundation: "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."

This organization felt that in the early 20th century, literary intellectuals effectively started calling themselves the intellectuals, thereby booting others out of the club, including the likes of John von Neumann, Albert Einstein, and Werner Heinsenberg. Edge wishes to reverse that trend and is taken quite seriously by luminaries. Among other activities, Edge proposes the "question of the year" and invites intellectuals to respond.

The Edge annual question for 2010 is: how is the Internet changing the way you think? Already they have 167 responses (scroll down) from notables, including palenotologists, physicists, evolutionary biologists (yeah, Dawkins), Facebook "platform managers", the president of the Royal Society, various artists, the co-founder of wikipedia...and Alan Alda.



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Monday, December 21, 2009

What Matters Now

Here is a free e-book, What Matters Now, that's making the rounds on the Internet. It's a collection of thoughts under a couple dozen categories. I think it can be best summarized using Apple Computer's ungrammatical slogan: Think Different.

Some of the thoughts are folksy, insightful or thought-provoking. I think there are many triggers here for flash fiction stories.

Here are a few examples:

Timeless:
Simplicity – if you can’t tell your brand story to a 9-year-old it’s no good.

Enough:
If you’re checking for new email every five minutes, that’s 24,000 times a year.

Re-Capitalism:
Marx read his Darwin, but he got it wrong--capitalism doesn't self-destruct, it adapts.

Ripple:
Educate a girl, and you educate her children and generations to follow.

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