Why are we living so much longer these days?

We’re living longer — an extra lifetime’s worth

Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer by Steven Johnson (2021) 320 pages ★★★★★

To American eyes, this toilet in a Third World country may seem unremarkable except for what seems to be its unusual design. Yet Steven Johnson identifies the lowly toilet as one of the principal factors for the doubling of human life expectancy over the past century.

What has really made the difference?

A “network narrative,” not a “genius narrative”

About the author

Steven Johnson. Image: Los Angeles Times

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Mal Warwick

Mal Warwick

Author, book reviewer, serial entrepreneur, board member