Steven Kotler on Abundance: Get Off the Couch and Change the World

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Posted on: February 16, 2012 / Last Modified: August 5, 2022

Yesterday I interviewed Steven Kotler on Singularity 1 on 1.

Together with Peter Diamandis, Steven is the co-author of Abundance: The Future is Better than You Think.

Abundance is a book that provides both hope and inspiration in an ocean of doom and gloom. Its main message is that the future can and, most likely, will be better than we think.


Check out the interview to see why you are probably wrong.

During our conversation with Steven Kotler we discuss issues such as: running a dog shelter for special needs dogs; the story of how Steven got his first writing job and eventually published articles in Maxim, Wired, GQ, Popular Science, and other periodicals; his first novel; environmental degradation, global warming and biodiversity; the neuroscience behind out cognitive biases such as why we are local optimists but global pessimists; environmentalism and nuclear energy; the story of how Steven met Peter Diamandis and eventually got together to write Abundance; the four forces shaping the world today — exponentially growing technology, DIY Innovators, techno philanthropists and the rising billion; the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize, AI (such as Watson) and putting a doctor in your cell phone; scarcity, abundance, and capitalism; why he believes that we are living an age of unparalleled personal empowerment.

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Who is Steven Kotler?

Steven Kotler is a best-selling author, award-winning journalist, co-founder of the Rancho de Chihuahua dog sanctuary, and director of research for the Flow Research Collective. His award-winning books include the non-fiction works Abundance, A Small Furry PrayerWest of Jesus, and the novel The Angle Quickest for Flight. His articles have appeared in over 60 publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Wired, Forbes, GQ, Outside, Popular Science, and Discover. You can find more about Steven Kotler on his website:

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