A Letter from the Editor

Global Reset Series / by Adam Bly / November 22, 2010

Solutions to interconnected and complex challenges require more than new ideas. They require a new starting point. A reframing of the questions. A categorical affront to the null hypothesis. A global reset.

Now In Global Reset

  • On Curing Everything

    Nobel Prize-winning chemist Kary Mullis offers a radical new way to treat infectious diseases as the effectiveness of our current antibiotics wanes.

  • On Adapting to Sandpiles

    Joshua Cooper Ramo argues that in an era defined by instability, society must remain imminently flexible and turn disruption into a force for good.

  • On Governing by Design

    We have only begun to tap into design’s real potential to serve as a tool for policymaking, governance, and social agendas. When used correctly, it can integrate innovation into people’s lives.

  • On Rethinking IP

    Licensing patents for the developing world can help bring innovations in nutrition, medicine, and countless other fields to the people who need them the most.

  • On Science Publishing

    The scientific paper has long been the unit of scientific knowledge. Now, with print media lapsing into obsolescence, the internet is poised to transform science publishing and science itself.

  • On Science Transfer

    Emerging global challenges demand rapid responses from the scientific community. This can only be achieved through a reformation of the culture and practice of science—and its relation to the wider world.

  • On Peace

    History—not to mention differing languages, cultures, and values—can make peace difficult to achieve. Science is a common ground upon which nations can collaborate to improve our world.

  • On Soil

    Long regarded as lowly “dirt,” soil is gaining attention as a vital natural resource. The Global Digital Soil Map will generate data crucial for combating hunger, poverty, and climate change.

  • Public Presence & Social Science

    The social sciences deal with humanity’s most pressing problems, but there are barriers between practitioners and the public. We must restructure these disciplines from the ground up.

  • On Overconfidence

    Humans are overconfident creatures, which boosts our persistence, ambition, and drive—but can also lead to disasters. We can make such false beliefs work to our benefit.

Global Reset

Starting Over

If you only had a single statement to pass on to others summarizing the most vital lesson to be drawn from your work, what would it be? Seed asked eleven scientists this question. These are their answers.

Global Reset

On Discovering Life

Two separate quests, one to discover habitable worlds, the other to synthesize artificial organisms, now unite to redefine “life” and its place in the universe.

Global Reset

On the Freedom of Knowledge

The European Research Council has mobilized to unify Europe's fragmented research efforts through the creation of a single market for scientific knowledge.

Global Reset

On Biotechnology Without Borders

Biologists have become engineers of the living world. By making their bioengineered solutions to global problems openly available, we can transform the developing world.

Now on feelingsandflowers.com

  • Ideas

    I Tried Almost Everything Else

    John Rinn, snowboarder, skateboarder, and “genomic origamist,” on why we should dumpster-dive in our genomes and the inspiration of a middle-distance runner.

  • Ideas

    Going, Going, Gone

    The second most common element in the universe is increasingly rare on Earth—except, for now, in America.

  • Ideas

    Earth-like Planets Aren’t Rare

    Renowned planetary scientist James Kasting on the odds of finding another Earth-like planet and the power of science fiction.

The Seed Salon

Video: conversations with leading scientists and thinkers on fundamental issues and ideas at the edge of science and culture.

Are We Beyond the Two Cultures?

Video: Seed revisits the questions C.P. Snow raised about science and the humanities 50 years by asking six great thinkers, Where are we now?

Saved by Science

Audio slideshow: Justine Cooper's large-format photographs of the collections behind the walls of the American Museum of Natural History.

The Universe in 2009

In 2009, we are celebrating curiosity and creativity with a dynamic look at the very best ideas that give us reason for optimism.

Revolutionary Minds
The Interpreters

In this installment of Revolutionary Minds, five people who use the new tools of science to educate, illuminate, and engage.

The Seed Design Series

Leading scientists, designers, and architects on ideas like the personal genome, brain visualization, generative architecture, and collective design.

The Seed State of Science

Seed examines the radical changes within science itself by assessing the evolving role of scientists and the shifting dimensions of scientific practice.

A Place for Science

On the trail of the haunts, homes, and posts of knowledge, from the laboratory to the field.


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