Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Jeffrey Epstein's Affiliation With The Edge Foundation

Jeffrey EpsteinFor many years now, Jeffrey Epstein has been an energetic and supportive member of a very interesting group, called Edge Foundation: Third Culture, which was put together by his friend publisher John Brockman. In 1988, Brockman started the group, which was initially designed to accept only those who are considered interesting and those who possess out of this world intellect. Many of the Edge Foundation's members are friends of Jeffrey Epstein, and he has preferred to support the work of number of Edge members through the Jeffrey Epstein Foundation.

CP Snow's classic work, The Two Cultures, which was initially published in 1959 inspired Brockman, this work explores the distance in communication between literary intellectuals and scientific intellectuals thus the phrase Two Cultures. In the later parts, Snow made a detailed discussion on how much was lost because of the two unique language, which made it harder to connect. The line of communication involving the scientists and artists is problematic. There was little in the way of understanding or perception between them. Even in the arts, the artists tend to discount scientists who find mathematical symmetries like the works of MC Escher stunning simple because for them what matters is the power of the painting to draw emotion from the viewer through the use of light, tone, color, and technique. It basically came down to the scientist looking at a contemporary art abstraction, and saying, "I don't get it," and the artist listening to the scientist, and saying "I don't understand it.". As Jeffrey Epstein put it, "This reminds me of a tale I heard about the physicist Richard Feynman who agreed to trade lessons in physics for instructions in art with his zany artist friend Jyair Zorthian. While Feynman was able to become a relatively respectable draftsman, Zorthian, just couldn't pick up on the physics, much less the underlying beauty of electromagnetism that Feynman tried to present him with a coiled magnet. In that circumstance, a catastrophe took place because the Two Cultures clashed despited Fynman's reputation as an outstanding physics teacher.

This gap is still existing up to this day. Snow included a new essay in "The Two Cultures: A Second Look" in 1963,which suggests that the human race will benefit greatly if this gap between two cultures is closed and this will not only improve the Two Cultures, but whole world as well. Snow coined this group the Third Culture. It is in this line of thinking, Brockman has assembled a first class collection of minds from the disparate areas of hard-core science, philosophy, high-tech, and social enterprise, to supply a forum for eclectic and robust thinkers to talk about ideas that are bold, controversial, and cutting edge, and allow the public audience to have access to some of the deepest thoughts at the level of an intelligent reader, empty of technical language.

As the publisher, Brockman acts like a glue to these individuals by organizing events that enable them to share their candid thoughts and opinions on the various queries thrown at them, their answers to these questions are then compiled in a collection of Edge essays.

Annually, Brockman throws a new question and each member of the Third Culture dutifully gives out their replies. The queries can be profound, deep, philosophical, and at times routine. Nevertheless, given the people responding to, there are always surprises, as able minds make the most of what is there. What is fun to view is how the thoughts works.

The replies to his questions can be glib, sarcastic, and idiotic, but the content is rich enough to activate one's mind. When asked for his suggestion of a good place to start, Jeffrey Epstein stated "If one were to seek for richness and originality of thought among some of the world's elite, Brockman's yearly question is my suggestion of a good place to start."

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