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Steven Kotler (born May 25, 1967) is an American author and journalist and entrepreneur. His articles have appeared in over 60 publications, including The New York Times Magazine, LA Times, Wired, GQ, Discover, Popular Science, Outside, Men’s Journal, Details and National Geographic Adventure. He is best known for his non-fiction books, Abundance, A Small Furry Prayer, and West of Jesus, and for co-founding the Rancho de Chihuahua dog sanctuary in Chimayo, New Mexico.
Kotler’s books and articles often deal with the collision of science and culture, and make frequent and extended use of academic work, particularly in the areas of neuroscience, evolutionary theory, ethology, psychopharmacology and psychology.
Kotler is married to the author, Joy Nicholson, and lives in Chimayo, New Mexico.
Kotler was born in Chicago, Illinois. After attending Orange High School in Cleveland, Ohio, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1989 with degrees in English and Creative Writing. In 1993, he received an MA in Creative Writing from The Johns Hopkins University.
Rancho de Chihuahua
In 2007, alongside his wife, Joy Nicholson, Kotler co-founded the Rancho de Chihuahua dog sanctuary in Chimayo, New Mexico. Rancho de Chihuahua specializes in hospice care and long term rehabilitation for special needs dogs.
The Reporter’s Gym
Flow State University
In 2010, Kotler founded Flow State University, an international trans-disciplinary research organization dedicated to making flow state research a legitimate hard science.