Thoughts on a COVID infection, and what it means to live in an age of microbes.
Our ancestors may have shifted back and forth between different work routines and social structures, often in tune with the seasons. Would that be a…
In the latest installment of my series on workflows for creative thinking, I ask a simple question: “How do you surprise yourself?”
Some gratitude for the year just ending, particularly for the readers of Adjacent Possible—and a small dash of optimism about the future.
With Omicron rising, and new antivirals on the way, we need to remind ourselves that inventing life-saving treatments is only half the solution.
My conversation with Larry Brilliant about smallpox eradication—and an end-of-year special offer for Adjacent Possible subscribers.
From untidy desks to post-it notes to the brewery next door—so much of the creative process is about being open to happy accidents. But how do you make…
Thoughts on the floating democracy of the 18th-century pirate ship—and why the most interesting ideas in governance often come from implausible places
The new eight-hour film about the Beatles "Let It Be" sessions offers a thrilling portrait of creativity under pressure. But its real lesson is the…
Mass tragedies sometimes have unexpected legacies. What will COVID's be?
Killer asteroids, zombie viruses, rogue machine learning algorithms, and the catastrophe of the agricultural revolution. It's time for some fun holiday…
How do you retain and remix ideas from other people’s minds? A 300-year-old productivity hack might be the key. Part two of a series on designing a…