NeuroTribes is an independent blog on the PLOS Blogs Network by science journalist Steve Silberman. Steve has been on hiatus from this space for the past two years while completing his upcoming book, Neurotribes, the Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity (Aug/2015, Avery Books).
His articles and interviews have appeared in Wired, Nature, The New Yorker, Time, GQ, Salon, and other national publications, and have been featured on The Colbert Report. Steve has also been a guest on NPR’s RadioLab, The Greta Van Susteren Show, and CNBC’s MarketWatch. Steve was a senior editor of Wired’s pioneering website HotWired.com, the first reporter at Wired News (now Wired.com), and has been a contributing editor of Wired magazine since 1999. His in-depth features on autism in high-tech communities, the placebo effect in clinical trials, the war on amateur chemistry, the mind of neurologist Oliver Sacks, a cover-up of antibiotic-resistant infections among Iraq vets, and the high-tech search for missing Microsoft engineer Jim Gray have been nominated for National Magazine Awards and included in such anthologies as the Best Science and Nature Writing, Best Technology Writing, Best Business Writing, and Best Buddhist Writing of the year. Steve has also edited and co-produced box sets and DVDs by the Grateful Dead and Crosby, Stills and Nash, and other groups, and was Allen Ginsberg’s teaching assistant at Naropa University. He lives in San Francisco with his husband Keith, a middle-school science teacher. An archive of Steve’s feature stories can be found here. Please follow him on Twitter at @stevesilberman.