Stewart Brand, one of the most influential experts we've interviewed, is also one of the hardest to define. Former military man, Merry Prankster with Ken Kesey's circle, pioneering environmentalist, and creator of the Whole Earth Catalog—which Steve Jobs has described as "like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google"—his life and work have anticipated many of the major global changes of the past half-century. In his Big Think interview, Brand discussed his many career highlights, including his famous (and widely misunderstood) statement that "information wants to be free."
Brand also offered some criticisms of his fellow environmentalists, warning of the need to embrace technologies such as nuclear power rather than summarily dismiss them on ideological grounds. He even chided Al Gore—a figure few associate with environmental optimism—for painting too rosy a picture of our current climate crisis.
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A completely unexpected discovery beneath the ice.
- Scientists find remains of a tardigrade and crustaceans in a deep, frozen Antarctic lake.
- The creatures' origin is unknown, and further study is ongoing.
- Biology speaks up about Antarctica's history.
Eight-dimensional octonions may hold the clues to solve fundamental mysteries.
- Physicists discover complex numbers called octonions that work in 8 dimensions.
- The numbers have been found linked to fundamental forces of reality.
- Understanding octonions can lead to a new model of physics.
It's one factor that can help explain the religiosity gap.
- Sociologists have long observed a gap between the religiosity of men and women.
- A recent study used data from several national surveys to compare religiosity, risk-taking preferences and demographic information among more than 20,000 American adolescents.
- The results suggest that risk-taking preferences might partly explain the gender differences in religiosity.
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