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"WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IS TRUE EVEN THOUGH YOU CANNOT PROVE IT?"
Great minds can sometimes guess the truth before they have either theevidence or arguments for it (Diderot called it having the "esprit dedivination"). What do you believe is true even though you cannot prove it?
Question has generated many eye-opening responses from a "who's who"of third culture scientists and science-minded thinkers. The 120 contributions comprise adocument of 60,000 words.
The New York Times
("Science Times") and
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
("Feuilliton")published excepts in their print and online editions simultaneously with
publication.Other international papers followed:
The Telegraph, La Stampa, The Guardian, SydneyMorning Herald, The Sunday Times (UK),
The Financial Express
In a front-page article,
Il Sole 24 Ore
, Italy's largest financial daily, announced the
Question Forum" in "Domenica", the weekend Arts & Culture section. The Forum, anongoing project designed to bring third culture thinking to Italy, features excerpts fromthe
responses in addition to articles solicited rom Italian humanist intellectuals andscientists.
In the responses to this year's question, there's a focus on consciousness, on knowing,on ideas of truth and proof. If pushed to generalize, I would say it is a commentary onhow we are dealing with the idea of certainty.We are in the age of "searchculture", in which Google and other search engines areleading us into a future rich with an abundance of correct answers along with anaccompanying naïve sense of certainty. In the future, we will be able to answer thequestion, but will we be bright enough to ask it?