I’m Josh, social scientist, design consultant, and essayist.

I ask questions about how human beings get on in the world.

Where do people get their tastes, beliefs, and survival strategies?

How do they adapt to changing circumstances?

How do they give their lives a sense of purpose?

Consulting inquiries: Current priorities include food, health, built space, and finance. But the best briefs are those I never saw coming. Surprise me.

Writing and speaking inquiries: I am represented by Suresh Ariaratnam.

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Since 2013 I’ve been visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences.

From 2014 through 2016 I led the computational social science strand of the Wellcome-funded research initiative Hubbub.

Computable Bodies won the 2016 PROSE Award in Language and Linguistics.

My next book, Meat, will appear in 2018.

I experiment with audio-driven procedural video and recorded ambient sound.

I spend a lot of time living out of a knapsack.