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"Edge is different from the Algonquin Roundtable or Bloomsbury Group, but it offers the same quality of intellectual adventure. Closer resemblances are the early seventeenth-century Invisible College, a precursor to the Royal Society. Its members consisted of scientists such as Robert Boyle, John Wallis, and Robert Hooke. The Society's common theme was to acquire knowledge through experimental investigation. Another inspiration is The Lunar Society of Birmingham, an informal club of the leading cultural figures of the new industrial age — James Watt, Erasmus Darwin, Josiah Wedgewood, Joseph Priestly, and Benjamin Franklin.

"The online salon at Edge.org is a living document of millions of words charting the Edge conversation over the past fifteen years wherever it has gone. It is available, gratis, to the general public.

"Edge.org was launched in 1996 as the online version of "The Reality Club," an informal gathering of intellectuals that met from 1981-1996 in Chinese restaurants, artist lofts, the Board Rooms of Rockefeller University, the New York Academy of Sciences, and investment banking firms, ballrooms, museums, living rooms, and elsewhere. Though the venue is now in cyberspace, the spirit of the Reality Club lives on in the lively back-and-forth discussions on the hot-button ideas driving the discussion today." [1] This site is dedicated to the memory of Heinz R. Pagels (1939 - 1988).

People Contributing to Edge.org

Accessed June 2013: [2]

  • Yong Yeol Ahn - postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Complex
  • Alva Noë - Professor of Philosophy at the University of California; Author, Out of Our Heads
  • Joseph Traub - Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University; coauthor, Complexity and Information
  • Hauke Hillebrandt - Cognitive Neuroscientist; Charlotte and Yule Bogue Research Fellow, Harvard University
  • Peter J. Richerson - Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of California-Davis; Visiting Professor, Institute of Archaeology, University College London
  • Nick Bostrom - Philosopher; Professor, Oxford University; Director, Future of Humanity Institute; Editor, Human Enhancement
  • John Markoff - Science Journalist; Covers cyber-security for The New York Times; Author, What the Dormouse Said; Co-author, Takedown.
  • Robert Trivers - Evolutionary Biologist; Professor of Anthropology and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University; Author, The Folly of Fools
  • Judith Rich Harris - Independent Investigator and Theoretician; Author, The Nurture Assumption; No Two Alike: Human Nature and Human Individuality
  • Hu Fang - Writer, Co-founder OF Vitamin Creative Space in Guangzhou and the shop in Beijing, China
  • Marina Abramovic - Artist
  • Jay Ogilvy - a cofounder of GBN, a Partner in the Monitor Group of Companies
  • Vilayanur Ramachandran - Neuroscientist; Professor & Director, Center for Brain and Cognition, UC, San Diego; Author, The Tell-Tale Brain
  • Tania Lombrozo - Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of California
  • Joseph LeDoux - Neuroscientist, New York University; Author, Synaptic Self
  • Jimmy Wales - founder and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation
  • Philip Brockman - a physicist
  • Charles Simonyi - Software Engineer, Computer Scientist, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist
  • Denis Dutton - philosopher; Founder and editor, Arts & Letters Daily; Author, The Art Instinct
  • Garniss Curtis - Geochronologist Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley
  • Jessica L. Tracy - Associate Professor of Psychology, University of British Columbia
  • Ed Regis - Science writer; Author, Regenesis
  • Fred Turner - Assistant Professor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Communication at Stanford University
  • Nicholas A. Christakis - Physician and Social Scientist, Harvard University; Coauthor, Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives
  • Gábor Paál - German publisher and journalist at Sudwestrundfunk
  • Linda Stone - Hi-Tech Industry Consultant; Former Executive at Apple Computer and Microsoft Corporation
  • Neri Oxman - Architect, Researcher, MIT; Founder, Materialecology
  • Andrian Kreye - Editor, The Feuilleton (Arts and Essays), of the German Daily Newspaper, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Munich
  • David Haig - Associate Professor of Biology in Harvard's Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology; author, Genomic Imprinting and Kinship
  • Steven Johnson - Editor-In-Chief and co-founder of Feed (internet whizz kid)
  • Steve Case - co-founder, chief executive officer and chairman of America Online (AOL)
  • Steve Petranek - Editor-in-chief of Discover Magazine
  • Peter Woit - Mathematical Physicist, Columbia University; Author, Not Even Wrong
  • John H. Holland - Professor of psychology and a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
  • Natalie Angier - Pulitzer prize winning science writer for The New York Times.
  • Kary Mullis - Nobel Prize winner, Chemistry 1993; author, Dancing Naked in the Mind Field
  • Andrew Delton - Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Evolutionary Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara.
  • David Berreby - Journalist; Author, Us and Them
  • Eiko Ikegami - Eiko Ikegami
  • Sarah-Jayne Blakemore - Royal Society University Research Fellow and Full Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London; co-author, The Learning Brain
  • Pascal Boyer - anthropologist and psychologist
  • Bruce Hood - Director of the Bristol Cognitive Development Centre in the Experimental Psychology Department at the University of Bristol; Author, The Self-Illusion
  • Danielle Lambert - former Vice-President of Human Resources at Apple Computer
  • Gerard T'Hooft - Nobel Laureate; Professor of Theoretical Physics, University of Untrecht
  • Doug Rowan - CEO of Corbis Corporation
  • Marvin Minsky - Mathematician; computer scientist; Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT; cofounder, MIT's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory; author, The Emotion Machine
  • Brian Cox - Particle physicist, Royal Society University Research Fellow and a professor at the University of Manchester; Musician
  • Christian Keysers - Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of St Andrews, U.K.
  • Julia Milner - Digital Artist
  • Tony Conrad - Experimental Filmmaker; Musician/Composer


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  1. Edge About, organizational web page, accessed June 8, 2013.
  2. Edge About, organizational web page, accessed June 8, 2013.