Remember when we seemed to innovate really quickly and people seemed to be getting wealthier all the time? It's not happening anymore for a bunch of very sensible reasons, not least of which is that the Overton window [that group of topics which is is safe to discuss without committing career suicide] is growing smaller and smaller.
The editorial board of the newly minted Journal of Controversial Ideas shows two things, to me. One - that the need for some new thinking to improve our world is felt by some of the very smartest minds in the world, and two, that the breadth of opinion communicated credibly in the daily news and social media is so sanitised, polemic and emotive that we've allowed our wits to grow dim.
Looking forward to reading some genuinely interesting things in the coming weeks and months.
Welcome to the website of the Journal of Controversial Ideas, the first open access, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal specifically created to promote free inquiry on controversial topics. The Journal of Controversial Ideas offers a forum for careful, rigorous, unpolemical discussion of issues that are widely considered controversial, in the sense that certain views about them might be regarded by many people as morally, socially, or ideologically objectionable or offensive. The journal offers authors the option to publish their articles under a pseudonym, in order to protect themselves from threats to their careers or physical safety. We hope that this will also encourage readers to attend to the arguments and evidence in an essay rather than to who wrote it.