I first published a brief essay about the idea of an emerging third culture in September 1991, in my newsletter EDGE (#3). An extended version of the essay was later published by the Los Angeles Times, The New Statesman, and the Copenhagen daily newspaper Information.

Several people made helpful comments on the essay. I wish to thank Murray Gell-Mann, Stephen Jay Gould, Daniel C. Dennett, Russell Jacoby, Stewart Brand, and David Shipley.

I am grateful to Judy Herrick, who for the past three years has presented me with thousands of pages of accurate transcriptions. I also want to thank my line editor, Sara Lippincott, for her time, effort, diligence, and valuable suggestions. And to Bob Asahina, my editor at Simon & Schuster, I express my appreciation for a perceptive reading of the manuscript and for his friendship.

A number of friends have read and commented on drafts of the manuscript. I would like to thank Wim Coleman, Pat Perrin, Clifford Stoll, Howard Rheingold, Stewart Brand, and Kevin Kelly.

Finally, special thanks and appreciation to Katinka Matson and our son, Max Brockman, for their patience and support.

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Excerpted from The Third Culture: Beyond the Scientific Revolution by John Brockman (Simon & Schuster, 1995) . Copyrightę 1995 by John Brockman. All rights reserved.