My latest favorite book (after Harry Potter, which I’ve been trying to read at a civilized pace – luckily I’m finding reading about George Mason equally appealing (such a wonk I am)) is “What is Your Dangerous Idea,” by John Brockman, based on postings at the Edge dot com (see also Edge’s World Question Center). I’d probably read almost anything that had an introduction by Steven Pinker, so if you are the same, know that you won’t go wrong here.
The other wonderful thing about reading Dangerous Idea is that it starts one thinking about one’s own dangerous ideas. Even librarians have dangerous ideas – ideas that could make other librarians roar (or laugh, such as these bibliomulas (via the 8/7/07 Library Link of the Day)). One of these days … well, one of these days.
In any event, some of our locals have their own dangerous ideas. Steve Duin, in Tuesday’s Oregonian (8/7/08), talks about political campaign dangerous ideas in “Still Mad as Hell, and Still Taking It.” And on Monday (8/6/07), Peter Schoonmaker and Rick Michaelson wrote in the Oregonian (8/4/07) a piece on dangerous transportation ideas, Portland Needs its own CIA – of Ideas.
Funny thing – one, at least this one, finds oneself nodding a lot when one reads these dangerous ideas – and especially George Mason ….