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John Brockman
John Brockman is a cultural impresario whose career has encompassed the avant-garde art world, science, books, software, and the Internet. In the 1960s he coined the word "intermedia" and pioneered "intermedia kinetic environments" in art, theatre, and commerce, while also consulting for clients such as General Electric, Columbia Pictures, Scott Paper, The Pentagon, and the White House. In 1973, he formed Brockman, Inc., the international literary and software agency specializing in serious nonfiction. He is the founder of the nonprofit Edge Foundation, Inc. and editor of Edge (, the highly acclaimed website devoted to discussions of cutting edge science by many of the world's brilliant thinkers, the leaders of what he has termed "the third culture".

Included in his works as author and/or editor are By the Late John Brockman; The Third Culture; Digerati: Encounters with the Cyber Elite; The Greatest Inventions of the Past Two Thousand Years; The Next Fifty Years: Science in the First Half of the Twenty-First Century; and The New Humanists: Science at the Edge; Curious Minds : How a Child Becomes a Scientist; and What We Believe But Cannot Prove: Today's Leading Thinkers on Science in the Age of Certainty.

Brockman has the distinction of being the only person to have been profiled on Page One of both The New York Sunday Times "Arts & Leisure" (1966), and The New York Times "Science Times" (1997).

Blog Entries by John Brockman

The Edge Annual Question 2010: How Is the Internet Changing the Way You Think?

0 Comments | Posted January 11, 2010 | 9:30 AM

"Love Intermedia Kinetic Environments." John Brockman speaking -- partly kidding, but conveying the notion that Intermedia Kinetic Environments are In in the places where the action is -- an Experience, an Event, an Environment, a humming electric world." -- The New York Times

On a Sunday in September 1966, I...

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The Edge Annual Question

0 Comments | Posted December 31, 2006 | 10:59 PM


"Big, deep and ambitious questions....breathtaking in scope. Keep watching The World Question Center."

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Have an Edgy Christmas!

0 Comments | Posted December 25, 2006 | 4:56 PM


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The Hazards of the New Online Collectivism

0 Comments | Posted June 3, 2006 | 7:20 PM

The hive mind is for the most part stupid and boring. Why pay attention to it?

The problem is in the way the Wikipedia has come to be regarded and used; how it's been elevated to such importance so quickly. And that is part of the larger pattern of the...

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Evidence? What's That?

0 Comments | Posted May 8, 2006 | 8:38 PM

Just as I was about to send out a new edition of EDGE announcing the publication of "Intelligent Thought: Science Versus The Intelligent Design Movement," I received the email below which it a stark reminder of why this book is necessary, why it belongs on your bookshelf, and why...

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The Selfish Gene: Thirty Years On

0 Comments | Posted March 23, 2006 | 7:56 PM

The toughest ticket in London's West End last week wasn't for a new mega-hit musical from Cameron Mackintosh, or a new play by Tom Stoppard. The people who flocked to The Old Theatre were greeted by famed British radio and television presenter Melvyn Bragg ("Start the Week") with the following...

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The Edge Annual Question

0 Comments | Posted January 1, 2006 | 12:58 AM


“Here’s a book for you.”

The composer John Cage leaned across the table and handed me a copy of Cybernetics by Norbert Wiener. The year was 1966. We were at a weekly dinner gathering of young artists at the townhouse of Fluxus pioneer...

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