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By John Brockman

Even geniuses switch their minds occasionally. facet (www.edge.org), the influential on-line highbrow salon, lately requested one hundred fifty high-powered thinkers to debate their so much telling missteps and reconsiderations: What have you ever replaced your brain approximately? The solutions have been fantastic, eye-opening, attention-grabbing, occasionally stunning, and sure to kick-start numerous passionate debates. learn Steven Pinker at the way forward for human evolution • Richard Dawkins at the mysteries of courtship • Sam Harris at the indifference of mom Nature • Nassim Nicholas Taleb at the irrelevance of chance • Chris Anderson at the truth of world warming • Alan Alda at the lifestyles of God • Lisa Randall at the secrets and techniques of the solar • Ray Kurzweil at the chance of extraterrestrial lifestyles • Brian Eno on what it ability to be a "revolutionary" • Helen Fisher on love, constancy, and the viability of marriage • Irene Pepperberg on studying from parrots. . . and so on.

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I trained as a Tarot reader and tested the readings; chance results. Occasionally I got a significant result. Oh, the excitement! I responded as I think any scientist should, by checking for errors, recalculating the statistics, and repeating the experiments. But every time I either found the error responsible, or failed to repeat the results. ” It was probably three or four years before I ran out of xxx’s. I remember the very moment when something snapped (or should I say, “I seem to remember .

In cosmology, we have become accustomed to models of the universe that invoke extra dimensions, all of which are finite, and it seems fair to imagine a universe born with all of its dimensions finite and compact. Then we are left with the mystery of why only three dimensions become so incredibly huge, while the others remain curled up and small. We even hope to test models of extra dimensions in imminent laboratory experiments. These ideas are not remote and fantastical; they are testable. People have told me they were surprised (disappointed) to hear me suggest the universe was finite.

I did the experiments. I tested telepathy, precognition, and clairvoyance; I got only chance results. I trained fellow students in imagery techniques and tested them again; chance results. I tested twins in pairs; chance results. I worked in play groups and nursery schools with very young children (their naturally telepathic minds are not yet warped by education, you see); chance results. I trained as a Tarot reader and tested the readings; chance results. Occasionally I got a significant result.

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