The coolest innovation event of 2007 (now that the FORTUNE Innovation Forum is dead)
This has to be one of the most interesting events of the year - the first-ever New Yorker conference on innovation. The tab ($1,200), though, is a bit steep, unless there's a high probability of actually mingling with the likes of James Surowiecki (The Wisdom of Crowds), Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point, Blink), and David Remnick (Lenin's Tomb). Anyway, I'll see if I can weasel my way into the conference somehow.
The Russian-built FEDOR was launched on a mission to help ISS astronauts.
Atheism doesn't offer much beyond non-belief, can Secular Humanism fill the gaps?
- Atheism is increasingly popular, but the lack of an organized community around it can be problematic.
- The decline in social capital once offered by religion can cause severe problems.
- Secular Humanism can offer both community and meaning, but it has also attracted controversy.
Picking up where we left off a year ago, a conversation about the homeostatic imperative as it plays out in everything from bacteria to pharmaceutical companies—and how the marvelous apparatus of the human mind also gets us into all kinds of trouble.
- "Prior to nervous systems: no mind, no consciousness, no intention in the full sense of the term. After nervous systems, gradually we ascend to this possibility of having to this possibility of having minds, having consciousness, and having reasoning that allows us to arrive at some of these very interesting decisions."
- "We are fragile culturally and socially…but life is fragile to begin with. All that it takes is a little bit of bad luck in the management of those supports, and you're cooked…you can actually be cooked—with global warming!"