“You will find the future wherever people are having the most fun,” Johnson argues. He chronicles how, throughout history, world-transforming innovation emerges from the endless quest for novelty in seemingly trivial entertainments–fashion, music, spices, magic, taverns, zoos, games. He celebrates the observation of historian Johan Huizinga (Homo Ludens), “Civilization arises and unfolds in and as play.”
Steven Johnson is the leading historian of creativity. His books include “Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World; How We Got To Now; Where Good Ideas Come From”; and “Everything Bad Is Good For You”.
“Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World” was given on January 04, 02017 as part of Long Now’s Seminar series. The series was started in 02003 to build a compelling body of ideas about long-term thinking from some of the world’s leading thinkers. The Seminars take place in San Francisco and are curated and hosted by Stewart Brand. To follow the talks, you can:
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