The Edge Foundation and Third Culture


Stumbled on a book called What is Your Dangerous Idea? (I assume the title is a nod to Daniel C. Dennett’s book Darwin’s Dangerous Idea.)

In the preface of the book they mention “The Edge” a project aiming to put together some of the most interesting thinkers together in a room to have them ask each other the questions they have been thinking about. According to the preface this project was started by a conceptual artist.

Quoting from The Edge website:

“Edge Foundation, Inc., was established in 1988 as an outgrowth of a group known as The Reality Club. Its informal membership includes of some of the most interesting minds in the world.

The mandate of Edge Foundation is to promote inquiry into and discussion of intellectual, philosophical, artistic, and literary issues, as well as to work for the intellectual and social achievement of society. Edge Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit private operating foundation...”[1]

This website quickly caught my attention again when I saw the link: “A short course in thinking about thinking”[2].

The Edge Foundation seems to be a base for “the third culture” something defined in their website as:

“The third culture consists of those scientists and other thinkers in the empirical world who, through their work and expository writing, are taking the place of the traditional intellectual in rendering visible the deeper meanings of our lives, redefining who and what we are.[3]


[1]The Edge (Official Site) >>
[2]The Edge: A short course in thinking about thinking >>
[3]Third Culture


Video Talks:

Book: What is your dangerous idea? by John Brockman. (WorldCat) >>

Book: The Third Culture (WorldCat) >>
Daniel Montano
Keyword: Daniel Montano, Dan Montano, user experience design, information architect


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