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In Search of Mutants and Mystics

I came of age in the early 1980s, so for me, like many in my generation, the Star Wars trilogy represented something more than a great series of movies. It was an archetypal drama, a modern...

A Skeptic in the Heart of Science

What would you conclude about a book named “The Science Delusion”? I suspect most would assume it was 1) a response to Richard Dawkins’ book, “The God Delusion” and 2) a religious attack on science....

EVOLUTIONARIES is on sale!

EVOLUTIONARIES went on sale this week! You can order it here. We launched the book with a wonderful party Tuesday night in New York City—great to share this moment with so many good friends and...

What Does it Mean to Be Authentic?

One of the most interesting thinkers today regarding the nature of the self in relationship to our heavily mediated world is Thomas de Zengotita. He is a fascinating observer of how the evolution of...

The New Frontier of Being Human

What does it mean to be human? That was the theme of San Francisco’s aptly named “Being Human” conference, held at the Palace of Fine Arts the last weekend in March. Convened by the Baumann...

Seeing with Evolutionary Eyes

Every day, it seems, I read articles detailing new insights and breakthroughs that tell us more about human nature. Our knowledge is expanding and complexifying in extraordinary ways. It’s always a...

A Mythic Day

Last week, my wife Ellen and I made a pilgrimage up through the California heartland, over Mt Shasta and into Oregon to a little town of about 20,000 known as Ashland.  In addition to being a...

Science Says it’s Okay not to Be Nasty

“Humans are not naturally nasty,” read a headline I saw this morning. The article went on:  Biological research increasingly debunks the view of humanity as competitive, aggressive and brutish, a...

In Defense of the Generalist

As I was researching my book, Evolutionaries, I made an interesting observation: This is not a world built for generalists. It is a world built for specialists. What’s valued intellectually is...

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