I’m delighted that an interactive symposium on my book, hosted by the wonderful site Syndicate, has begun this week. The Learning Gene emerged as a pedagogical project directly out of this book project, especially chapter 5 (which is titled “Tomatoes in the Classroom”). I found it to be enormously useful, receiving four sets of commentaries on the book (each of which I’ve crafted responses to). It’s fascinating to note how this book, once published, has transformed into open-ended and dynamic conversations about form, perspective, the relations between knowledge and existence, and the very nature of hope (and despair). Over the next four weeks, each commentary and response will be published on Syndicate. I’m excited to find out what new questions and problems emerge from these conversations.