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Author. (Eleven books.) TV/podcast host. (How We Got To Now, American Innovations.) Dad. (Three boys.) Husband. (One wife.)
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Steven Johnson 15h
Replying to @thannigan
Thanks, Tim! It's the most consistent seller of my books -- along with Where Good Ideas Come From -- so it's always selling a meaningful amount of copies, but I guess Amazon ran a Kindle promotion for it a few weeks ago, so that's probably what tipped it back onto the list.
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Steven Johnson 16h
So cool to see The Ghost Map back on a national bestseller list, more than twelve years after it was originally published.
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Richard Dawkins 21h
Replying to @RichardDawkins
in 1862, a Madagascar collector sent Darwin an orchid with a nectar tube nearly a foot long. Darwin & Wallace predicted that there must exist a moth with an equally long tongue. Long after Darwin’s death, the moth was discovered & given the subspecies name “praedicta”.
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John J Sills Feb 19
Great podcast conversation between and on ‘Making Better Decisions’
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Maria Konnikova Feb 15
"A good programmer was concise and elegant and never wasted a word. They were poets of bits." And they were, by and large, women. That all changed in the 80s. Love this piece on being female in the world of computer science.
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Steven Johnson Feb 15
I've done a lot of public conversations with fellow authors, but this one with was maybe the most rewarding (and challenging!) of any of them. One highlight: Malcolm's epic riff on how we put way too much mental energy into deciding where to go to college.
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Steven Johnson Feb 14
Spent a wonderful hour today talking with the legendary about creativity, play, decisions, and grocery stores. Coming to the podcast April 2.
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Letters of Note 14 Feb 18
Valentine's Day 1884, 36hrs after the birth of their daughter, future US President Theodore Roosevelt held his wife in his arms as she died from Bright's disease. Just hrs before, in the same house, his mother had also died. His diary entry that day...
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SHIRT Feb 7
My boy blew up a note left by Chief Technology Officer of Obama White House to poster size for his office and he doesn’t even know that’s art
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Jimmy Oddo Feb 12
"I spent most of the first quarter century of my life in school, and I don’t remember one class over the entire stretch where decision–making itself was on the syllabus.” – , from his book Farsighted-How We Make the Decision That Matter Most
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Steven Johnson Feb 12
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Jeff Goldblum Feb 11
Yeah, that's how it always starts. But then later there's running and screaming...
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Ramez Naam Feb 8
Hey, it's Friday night. How about a twitter thread of unpopular opinions about climate policy generally, and the specifically. Ready? Here we go. 1/
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The Krulak Center Feb 5
RT if you'd sign up for this course 10 student from Marine Command and Staff College just completed a Krulak Center's elective, Where Good Ideas Come From. What do you think:
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Wayne Thorsen Feb 8
When the podcast is so good, that you sit in your car in the parking lot until it is finished and then immediately buy the book: Facinating discussion w
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American Innovations Feb 7
It's Goodyear vs. Horace Day on today's conclusion of "Rubber". Hear the full episode at
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Steven Johnson Feb 6
Replying to @TheKrulakCenter
How great. Glad that book has been so useful to you all! Will check out the course overview...
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Steven Johnson Feb 6
I have actually run the numbers on this, though I was imagining it would be Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana, not the Dakotas. Would obviously also help with the anti-urban, anti-big-state bias of the electoral college. Might well be easier than amending the Constitution.
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Ada Palmer Feb 5
Just learned the amazing word "apophany" from apophenia, the tendency to see patterns when they aren't there, i.e. faces in clouds, nonexistent patterns on the roulette wheel. So an apophany is like an epiphany except you're wrong.
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Steven Johnson Feb 4
It's nice that we have this time together on Twitter, but wouldn't it be better if you invited me into your email inbox as well? I have a monthly newsletter that will entertain and edify you. You can subscribe here:
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