John Brockman’s “What’s Your Law?” has garnered quite some attention. Some of the greatest minds of today have offered their own proverbs and truths; it’s quite a good read. It’s also overwhelmingly lengthy, but being stuck home ill over the weekend I read the whole thing and want to save a few gems.
In the off-the-wall category, Stuart Hameroff tries to revive Cartesian dualism: The sub-conscious mind is to consciousness what the quantum world is to the classical world. Sir Roger Penrose…and I have put forth a specific model of consciousness involving quantum computation in microtubules within the brain’s neurons.
while Nancy Etcoff wisely warns against any dualism: Instead, of acting in opposition, in nature two forces are likely to dependent, interactive and interwoven; sometimes they are merely two names for the same thing.
Edward O. Laumann asserts that monogomy is healthy: Moderation in levels of partnered sex activity is the mode for the bulk of humankind and is consistent with high levels of subjective well-being. Low levels of subjective sexual well-being is associated with poor physical, emotional, and mental health.
…which might contradict Gerwitz’s Law for science, from someone not noteworthy enough for Edge: The cause is simpler than you expect. and has a corollary: The effects are more complex than you can measure.