How do you get millions of people to care about the Fermi paradox, evolutionary psychology, and the advantages of going interplanetary? How do you hook readers with ever-shortening attention spans, and make them beg for your next 50,000-word blog post?

If anyone knows how, it’s Tim Urban.

Tim is the master of taking big — literally astronomical — questions, and bringing them back down to earth. His blog, “Wait But Why,” has attracted millions of readers, thousands of patrons, and famous fans like Tesla CEO Elon Musk, TED Curator Chris Anderson, and Twitter co-founder Evan Williams. Combining long-form prose with wry stick-figure illustrations, “Wait But Why” covers everything from procrastination and artificial intelligence to happiness and why we haven’t yet encountered aliens.

Last month, Tim spoke to the IVY community about “The Power of Creative Thinking.” He also sat down for an in-depth discussion with IVY’s Co-Founder, Beri Meric, covering topics from how to build a career doing what you love and how to find your audience on the internet; to the future of human consciousness and how to build a perfect holographic simulation of the universe.

Please enjoy our conversation with Tim Urban. And remember to visit to enjoy access to a lifetime of learning, growth, and impact through in-person collaborations with world-class leaders, thinkers, and institutions.


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