If you haven’t heard of Jonah Lehrer, you are lucky. Lucky because you get to discover him for the first time. Very exciting.
Lehrer, not yet thirty years old, is a master at snatching ideas from the modern world’s vast information flow and piecing them together in interesting ways. His topics typically center around the science of the brain and its relationship to our behavior and psychology. Like Malcolm Gladwell, Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, and Michael Pollan, he makes very complex things seem simple, almost intuitive. And yet his ideas are always surprising.
Precociously he’s a contributing editor for Wired, a regular contributor to The New Yorker and Radiolab (and if you haven’t heard of Radiolab yet, today is really your lucky day), as well of the author of three cool books.
For a taste of his style, here’s a video of him speaking at Oregon’s Williamette University: