Chip Walter

 

Chip Walter
Blueprints for a Star Trekian Transporter

Blueprints for a Star Trekian Transporter

With traffic getting worse and more of us nettlesome Homo sapiens walking, driving and flying the planet, wouldn't it be nice if we had a transporter? Inspired by the book I wrote with William Shatner.

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Chip at the Petit Pont in Paris, September 2013.

Chip Walter's Gardenville Short, Short Stories

Earlier this year I found myself writing little stories about my boyhood. They were part reminiscence and part imagination-mongering.

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The First Artists – National Geographic Magazine

The First Artists - National Geographic Magazine

For more than two years Chip Walter travelled to locations in Africa and Europe for the National Geographic Society to track down the roots of our creativity. Learn what he discovered...

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Neanderthals: Why Did We Make It, When They Didn’t?

Neanderthals: Why Did We Make It, When They Didn't?

Amid speculation over a 'Jurassic Park'-like return, the question remains: Why did they vanish in the first place?

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Replica of Chauvet under construction

Disney Comes to Cave Art on National Geographic Assignment

It's not every day that you get to step into a time machine, but Chip Walter got the chance when National Geographic Magazine sent him with photographer Stephen Alvarez to France last May to become only the second journalists allowed ...

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This is where E.F. Quick is headed. Can you spot him in the photo?

The Misadventures of Ernest Fletcher Quick Keep Rolling Along and Now He's Met Teddy Roosevelt

Mr. E. F. Quick has been a very busy man over the past few weeks. Haven't been keeping up? 21 episodes now available, & meeting Teddy Roosevelt is only part of the trouble.

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A Few Words About Last Ape Standing from NPR’s Robert Krulwich

A Few Words About Last Ape Standing from NPR's Robert Krulwich

On his blog recently NPR's Robert Krulwich had a few kind words for Last Ape Standing, and expanded on a passage in the book imagining what it must have been like when our direct Homo sapiens ancestors first encountered Neanderthals ...

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The New Yorker Magazine Calls Last Ape Standing “Engaging and Fascinating”

The New Yorker Magazine Calls Last Ape Standing Engaging and Fascinating

It's never a bad thing to get a great review, especially when it comes from a legendary publication like The New Yorker Magazine, bless their hearts!

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Why Success and Happiness Aren’t Linked the Way You Thought They Were

Why Success and Happiness Aren't Linked the Way You Thought They Were

You aren't going to believe this, but there is no direct link between success and happiness. And there is plenty of science to prove it. Now what? ...

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Last Ape Standing Dispatch from Spain

Last Ape Standing Dispatch from Spain

Most recent dispatch from a Last Ape Standing -- Some images from Chip's most recent trip for National Geographic Magazine in Spain.

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Actor Michael Keaton Ruminates on Last Ape Standing

Actor Michael Keaton Ruminates on Last Ape Standing

"This book has a way of making you feel magnificently insignificant and at the same time an essential, vital part of the chain of human evolution. Just when you thought you were fully evolved as a human...think again. Mind blowing ...

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From Popular Science Magazine: The Human Race Isn’t Going to Survive. But There’s Still Hope…

From Popular Science Magazine: The Human Race Isn't Going to Survive. But There's Still Hope...

Given evolution’s trajectory, we will almost certainly transform into augmented versions of our current selves. The big question now is, can we survive long enough to become the next humans?

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Welcome!

At last you have made your way to the website of Chip Walter. (Try to control your excitement.) If you’re a curious person – and your discovery of this site attests that you are – then you’ve arrived at the right place. Go ahead, browse…

Chip is a journalist, author, filmmaker and former CNN Bureau Chief. He has written four books, all of them, one way or another, explorations of human creativity, human nature and human curiosity.

Last Ape Standing 3D coverHis latest book, Last Ape Standing, has been getting terrific reviews and selling like Kanye West t-shirts! The New Times Book Review called it “a lively journey.” The New Yorker, “engaging … sheds a fascinating light on our evolutionary success,” and Kirkus Reviews, “engrossing.” It is also a Chautauqua Institution Literary and Scientific Circle selection — the nation’s oldest book club. If you order now, you can receive a 34% discount. Who doesn’t like that?

Maybe you’ll agree with writer, inventor and thinker Ray Kurzweil that, “Nearly every page offers something that will surprise or intrigue you. Read it. You’ll never see yourself or anyone else the same way again.” Available in hardback at bookstores everywhere and online at BarnesandNoble.com, Amazon.com and IndieBound.org.CorrectedBoldEFQCover

Explore this site further to learn about Chip’s current assignment with, and travels for, National Geographic Magazine. And check out something entirely different – Chip’s new serial novel, The Misadventures of Ernest Fletcher QuickThe first episodes are available online at Amazon.com and Kobo.com, but you can also download them free here right now to your Kindle, iPad, Kobo, Nook, tablet or phone. If you love comedy, history and adventure, you’ll enjoy every episode!