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09:41 pm: What We Believe But Cannot Prove edited by John Brockman
John Brockman runs a scientifically-oriented site called The Edge, which he planned as a networking place for scientists and similarly-minded folk. He asked this question on the website: What do you believe that you can't prove? and then made it into this book.

It's a series of short (average two pages) essays by scientifically-minded folk, and nowhere in the book does he say or indicate that he's grouped them into topics. When I read the first five or six and they were all about believing in god, I thought "What the heck did I buy?" Fortunately, other topics turn up: consciousness, language, physics, human behavior, etc.

I read a few essays each night before reading my real book and I think you'd have to read it that way. It would be very boring to read all at once. The book was published in 2006 and some of the things the folks believe (lots more men than women) have since been proved or disproved. You would want some basic science education to understand the essays.

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From:soon_lee
Date:February 10th, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
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It's an excellent site if you're looking to exercise your brain. Plenty of thought-provoking stuff, though navigating can be a pain.

I especially like the question they pose annually to interesting people (artists, scientists, performers etc.) What do you believe that you can't prove? was their question for 2005.

This year's question is WHAT WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING?
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From:serge_lj
Date:February 10th, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
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Hmm. That book sounds neat. What's its title?
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 10th, 2009 04:41 am (UTC)
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Same as the title of the post. :)
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From:serge_lj
Date:February 10th, 2009 04:43 am (UTC)
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Oops.

Am I feeling red-faced or what?
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 10th, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)
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I dunno, can you feel red?
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From:serge_lj
Date:February 10th, 2009 05:34 am (UTC)
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Probably. After all, when one is red-faced, it's because of the increased blood flow and blood is warm so I guess one could feel red.
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