The Reality Club

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The Reality Club was a group of mostly New York City-based intellectuals that met regularly from 1981 through 1996 for seminars on a variety of topics.[1] In January 1997, it reorganized as a web-based publication maintained by the Edge Foundation (

It was founded as a salon by literary agent John Brockman. He wrote books about the philosophy of science and his clients included scientific authors such as Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and Steven Pinker who were the basis for the gatherings. The title of Reality Club was a pun, as a theme was the nature of reality in the context of the clash between concepts such as post-structuralism and scientific realism.[2]



  1. ^ "What scientific idea is ready for retirement?", The Observer, 12 January 2014
  2. ^ Lee Worden (2012), "Counter Culture, Cyberculture, and the Third Culture", West of Eden, PM Press, pp. 208–211, ISBN 9781604867169
  3. ^ Isaac Asimov (2009), I.Asimov: A Memoir, Random House, ISBN 9780307573537, ...I gave a talk of my own to the Reality Club on May 7, 1987.
  4. ^ a b c René Scheu: (de) Edge Questions: Was die klügsten Köpfe umtreibt (Edge questions: What drives the brightest minds), NZZ 2.2.18

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