Writing

I write about the history and future of science, technology, psychedelics, and mental health.

 
 
 
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MEDIUM MEMBER FEATURE STORY

Naming the Unspoken Thing

Inside the Bay Area’s craziest secret underground parties

October 5, 2018


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LOVE/HATE

Confessions of a Juul Junkie

I’d never considered a future where a pod was out of reach. Moving to Barcelona changed that.

December 4, 2018

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FUTURE HUMAN

What Happens When A Computer Runs Your Life

This software engineer let an algorithm pick where he lives, what he does—even what tattoo to get. Is he onto something?

July 2, 2018

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Trips worth telling

Tripping on Acid With My Dad

The Arab Spring brought my father back to America, and LSD helped us make up for lost time

May 29, 2018


 
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THE LONG NOW FOUNDATION

How Warren Buffett Won His Multi-Million Dollar Long Bet

Buffett’s wager is a lesson in taking the long view

February 27, 2018

THE LONG NOW FOUNDATION

The Largest Early World Map is Unveiled for the First Time

Urbano Monte’s planisphere was centuries ahead of its time

January 25, 2018

 

 
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Timeline

This magical drug mansion in Upstate New York is where the psychedelic ’60s took off

Owned by one of America’s richest families, Millbrook hostedTimothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Mingus and more

July 14, 2017


 
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Timeline

This Mexican medicine woman hipped America to magic mushrooms, with the help of a bank executive

In the hills of Oaxaca, María Sabina used psychedelics to heal

January 4, 2017

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Timeline

This genius chemist spent 50 years creating psychedelic drugs in his home lab…for a good cause

For Alexander Shulgin, MDMA had huge therapeutic potential

December 9, 2016

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Timeline

Meet the psychedelics-obsessed scientist who wanted to learn dolphins’ language

Blame it on the LSD

November 28, 2016


THE LONG NOW FOUNDATION

Keeping Good Time For 10,000 Years

The Earth is slowing down and wobbling on its axis. How does a clock meant to keep accurate time for 10,000 years account for these long-term celestial variations?

December 5, 2018


THE LONG NOW FOUNDATION

Seeing the Whole Earth from Space Changed Everything

Now, a new project is zooming in closer to inspire awe and a sense of responsibility

May 15, 2018


THE LONG NOW FOUNDATION

The Role of Art in Addressing Climate Change

An interview with José Luis de Vicente

May 10, 2018


THE LONG NOW FOUNDATION

What Books Would You Choose to Restart Civilization

An interview with José Luis de Vicente

May 10, 2018