Wow! Congratulations to Nick Bostrom, Ray Kurzweil, and Jamais Cascio for being selected for Foreign Policy‘s first annual list of Top 100 Global Thinkers. Their associated writeups can be found here.
Ray Kurzweil: “for advancing the technology of eternal life”.
Jamais Cascio: “for being our moral guide to the future.”
Nick Bostrom: “for accepting no limits on human potential.”
Two transhumanists and one “non-transhumanist transhumanist” on the list!
Scanning the list, another notable names are Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Steven Chu, Henry Kissinger, Peter Singer, Linus Torvalds, and Larry Summers.
#19 is Gladwell. He has been keeping his igon values well calibrated, I see. Here’s a quote from his associated write-up:
By making surprising arguments seem obvious, Gladwell has added a serious dose of empiricism to long-form journalism and changed how we think about thought itself.
This sentence causes pain in my mind. I am shocked at how Gladwell is perceived as a scientific writer by the broader public, even intellectuals. His arguments contradict science. This gives me a window into the scientific standards of the “intellectual elite” behind Foreign Policy.