Thursday, August 12, 2010

Series of Dangerous Ideas

Big Think has dubbed August a "month of thinking dangerously". They're posted one radical idea each day, some I've covered before. The ideas are in written or short video format and there is even a "Why We Should Reject This" part at the bottom of each idea. Here's the highlights so far:
  • Drug our Drinking Water: If lithium were added to all US drinking water—and the effect were the same as in Texas's highest-lithium regions—the national suicide rate would drop to 20,831, saving over 13,000 lives. 
  • Sell Your Kidneys: 4,540 Americans died waiting for a kidney transplant in 2008.
  • Erase Traumatic Memories: Researchers have already selectively erased memories in rats, and they have been able to dissociate memories from their negative emotions in humans.
I look forward to the rest of the month. Dedicate some time this entire site, you won't be disappointed.


  1. Wow, reading through some of those radical ideas really shows how difficult the problems are in this world. It also shows how people on both sides of an argument have good points. It would be nice if all debate were so civil.

    Plus, the site shows how solutions to any problem aren't a fix-all. Good stuff.

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  3. I agree Nathania. I never thought someone proposing drugging our water would sound so civil.


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