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Short Bio: Ransom Stephens, is a novelist, physicist, and science writer. The author of two novels published by 47North, The God Patent and The Sensory Deception, and the neuroscience book, The Left Brain Speaks, but The Right Brain Laughs (coming in 2016). Dr. Stephens is also a beer-drinking, cussing Raider fan. 90 Word Bio: Ransom Stephens is a former physics professor and fifth- generation Californian. He spent 15 years conducting cutting-edge particle physics research and taught at the University of Texas at Arlington. He then moved into high- tech to work for a wireless web start-up. He’s now a Silicon Valley consultant, novelist, and science writer. His new book, The Left Brain Speaks but the Right Brain Laughs  looks at the neuroscience of innovation and creativity in art, science, and life. His novels, The God Patent and The Sensory Deception, also draw on his scientific work. He lives in Petaluma, California. Bio for speaking engagements: Ransom Stephens, Ph.D., physicist, science writer, and novelist has written hundreds of articles on subjects ranging from neuroscience to quantum physics to parenting teenagers. His new book, The Left Brain Speaks but the Right Brain Laughs (Viva Editions, 2016), is an accurate irreverent look at neuroscience for a lay- audience with emphasis on innovation in art, science, and life. He builds his novels, The God Patent (47North, 2010) and The Sensory Deception (47North, 2013), on accurate, digestible science to investigate complex social issues like the science-religion culture war, environmentalism and technology, plutocracy and anarchy. Ransom has given thousands of speeches across the US, Europe, and Asia and has developed a reputation for making complex topics accessible and funny. Bio for literary engagements: Ransom Stephens is a physicist, technologist, and novelist. He’s written over 400 articles on subjects ranging from quantum physics to parenting teenagers and produces events for Litquake. His first novel, The God Patent, was “the first debut novel to emerge from the new paradigm of online publishing” according to the San Francisco Chronicle. His second novel, The Sensory Deception, is a mind- blowing, globe-trotting ride that will take readers from cut-throat Silicon Valley boardrooms to the pirate ships off the Somali coast to the devastated rain forests of the Amazon all to ask the question: what is a human life worth compared to that of an entire planet? His first popular science book, The Left Brain Speaks, but The Right Brain Laughs is coming out in Fall of 2016 from Viva Editions.
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Clarity of method, thought, and philosophy My mission as a speaker is to convey complex concepts with levity and clarity. My speeches are designed to provide people the perspective and analytical tools necessary to make life and career decisions that will enable them to fulfill their greatest potential. I apply the methods of physics to everything I do. My science, career, and high tech speeches and seminars show how to make decisions and solve problems with an appreciation for how the universe works; my popular science speeches bring relevant up-to-date research to the interested laymen in cultural and historical as well as scientific contexts; and my novels integrate accurate, cutting-edge science and technology. It’s more than a metaphor Clarity of thought provides the perspective we need to approach big, complex decisions. And I’m impatient. I like novels with multi-dimensional characters and plots that move. I like speeches that have a point and get to it fast but without taking things too seriously. I believe in the power of a well placed wisecrack. Life independent of humor is, well, it’s just not funny and if we’re not having fun, then why bother?
Ransom Stephens scientist, author, speaker
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