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Steven Johnson
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 Sep 17
This kind of storytelling is a massively underutilized persuasive tool in American politics. (As opposed to the usual campaign trail anecdotes about meeting someone working two jobs who lost health insurance, etc.) Plays great as a stand-alone piece on Twitter as well.
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Deb at the Library Sep 10
We had such an engaging conversation tonight about THE GHOST MAP by at Blue and Yellow Book Club. We loved how we were able to learn about the 1854 Broad Street cholera outbreak in such an page turning way. This is the kind of narrative non fiction we love.
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Steven Johnson Sep 8
I cannot wait to read the critical re-appraisal of their songbook based on this news. (Also, little known fact: Horkheimer wrote most of Pet Sounds.)
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Steven Johnson Sep 8
Replying to @chr1sa
I was just writing about Stapp in a new book this week! What an amazing figure. The paper he wrote on deceleration in the 40s is pretty great too.
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Tom Standage Sep 6
Enjoying a cup of coffee and reading the news at a communal table at my favourite coffeehouse, just off the Strand. I could have written that in the 1660s! Though I would have written “dish” not “cup”. Also, this is a ritual after an overnight flight, which is, er, not very 1660s
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Steven Johnson Aug 31
Yes Brooklyn, it’s nice to see you after two and a half months away, but honestly this was a little over the top as a greeting.
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The Long Now Foundation Aug 26
"As A.I. stands poised to augment our most essential human talent, we are faced with a curious question: How will the future be different if we get much better at predicting it?" - in the Magazine Tech & Design issue:
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Daniel Pink Aug 23
Research: People with children had greater life satisfaction and fewer symptoms of depression than people without children -- but only if their kids had left home.
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Dan Cohen Aug 19
A glorious excerpt cabinet. (This one happens to be Leibniz’s. From the book Paper Machines: About Cards and Catalogs, 1548-1929.)
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Trojans for Warren Aug 15
Elizabeth Warren tells the story of her first time meeting Obama back in 2002 when he was preparing to run for Senate. Wait for the punchline. 😍
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Khalil Sehnaoui Aug 14
Piranha fishing is what you needed to see today, Twitter.
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Alison Gopnik Aug 15
A great Ezra Klein podcast interview with economist Raj Chetty, but most striking for the empirical big data conclusion that child development is THE overwhelming factor in tackling inequality, programs pay for themselves. And the US is way behind...
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Steven Johnson Aug 14
This is such a brilliant and important way of telling this story.
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Steven Johnson Aug 13
Interesting that facial features/expressions are easier to spoof than vocal intonation. Maybe explains something I've often wondered: why isn't there a plug-in that lets you simulate other famous voices? (ie, you sing in your own voice, and then apply the Bono or Beyoncé filter.)
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Steven Johnson Aug 13
No emerging technology right now fills me with more dread than deep fakes. It seems inevitable that it will end up playing a meaningful role in the 2020 election. (The clip itself is mesmerizing. I wish I could enjoy it on its own merits.)
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Steve Cooper Aug 9
Happy I’m currently reading these two. Very different, but both fascinating. Can’t go wrong with either author... two of my faves.
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Alex Wellerstein Aug 9
Today is the 74th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki. Often overlooked, compared to Hiroshima, as merely the "second" atomic bomb, the Nagasaki attack is far more tricky, and important, in several ways. THREAD
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Kurt Andersen Aug 6
I loved the conversation I had with Toni Morrison in 2005. I asked for what work she wanted to be remembered. “Oh,” she said, “I don’t have those desires. I want to be known as this very trustworthy, smart person in whose company other people felt good.”
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Steven Johnson Aug 6
Replying to @KBAndersen
What a wonderful picture of you two.
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Alexander Rose Aug 6
The current model of most science is that we make a guess and then see if the data supports it. This was fine when data was simple. But now that data is vast, we need to understand it's shape, before being able to make useful guesses. -Gurjeet Singh
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