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The atom bomb is a literal dangerous idea. But there are other kinds of dangerous ideas — ideas that are contrarian, counterintuitive or just plain unconventional. In Dangerous Ideas, we ask guests to challenge conventional wisdom with a solution to a problem or an interpretation of the world that might seem confusing and scary, but just might also make perfect sense.
Anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann's Dangerous Idea? To be better adjusted, change the way you think about thinking.
Writer Gemma Files' Dangerous Idea? There are upsides to embracing horror — spending time playing out negative scenarios in fiction can lead to a more positive life.
Countries around the world pour money into policing their borders — with walls real or virtual — while a global black market smuggles people across them for money. Artist Molly Crabapple imagines another way.
Princeton historian Anthony Grafton explains how learning conversational Latin inspired his students.
App Intelligence? Santa Fe Institute president David Krakauer says we're on the verge of abdicating our free will to everyday apps.
Jonathan Gottschall's dangerous idea? Remove the padded gloves from boxers and other fighters. That will reduce the brain damage to fighters.
After spending time with a real-life superhero in Seattle called Phoenix Jones, author Jon Ronson wonders if people like him can actually fight crime.
Journalist Elizabeth Kolbert argues that human vices are just as important as human virtues in shaping evolution.