Jon Ronson is a writer and documentary filmmaker who dips into every flavor of madness, extremism and obsession.

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In his latest book, The Psychopath Test, Jon Ronson explores the unnerving world of psychopaths -- a group that includes both incarcerated killers and, one of his subjects insists, plenty of CEOs. In his books, films and articles, Ronson explores madness and obsession of all kinds, from the US military's experiments in psychic warfare to the obscene and hate-filled yet Christian rap of the Insane Clown Posse. He wrote a column for the Guardian and hosted an essay program on Radio 4, and contributes to This American Life.

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“Well, I think I have a precarious sense of self anyway, but I'm also sane enough to notice when it's slipping.” — Jon Ronson

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TEDWeekends thinks you should rethink your sanity

March 30, 2013

At TED2012, Jon Ronson wove a mind-bending tale that asks: How can we truly tell who is a psychopath? What’s the line between crazy and sane? And is it something we can truly delineate, or are we trying to discern black and white in a color-soaked world? Today’s TEDWeekends on the Huffington Post picks up […]

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Science

Comments we loved this year: The polite critique

December 28, 2012

TED Talks often get 100 or more comments — a mixed bag of kudos, critiques and questions. Looking back on the year, here are a few comments that wowed us. Every video on TED.com is carefully selected, but not every TEDster will like every talk. Disagree with a speaker’s logic, methods or sources? We want […]

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Quotes from Jon Ronson

[Journalists take] the outermost aspects of our interviewee's personality, and we stitch them together like medieval monks. We leave the normal stuff on the floor.
Jon Ronson
TED2012 • 3.4M views Aug 2012
Fascinating, Informative