Just Say No to Artificial Brains

Artificial brains are nothing to fear. ... just like unicorns.

For Better Science Education, STEM Must Die

The best medicine for propelling a young soul into a successful middle-aged academic is this: a romantic, nearly religious, zeal for comprehending the universe.

Language, and How to Have a Fair Fight with a Chimpanzee

Could language seem like an instinct without actually being one? Yes, if it culturally evolved to sound just like what our non-language brain already knew how to process.

Are Pruney Fingers Human Rain Treads?

Pruney fingers don't just have any old wrinkles. They're special. They're just what's needed if they're...primate rain treads.

Harnessed on Falling Skies: What the TV Show Teaches Us About Ourselves

The skitters on the television show "Falling Skies" hold a terrible secret. They've been harnessed. But -- wait! So have you and I!

What's Next, After Humans

We're already Human 2.0. Question is, What is Human 3.0?

Can Art and Brain Be Put Together?

What initially looks like neuroscientific principles being used to explain artistic phenomena is, more commonly, suspect brain principles being used to explain artistic phenomena that may not exist.

The Web Is Not a Gadget

The web hasn't been designed to do anything, and so it doesn't do anything, much less anything smart, creative, or suggesting awareness... and Jaron Lanier.

Is the Valentine Heart Really a Red, Engorged, Upturned Rump?

What does a Valentine heart have to do with love? Evolutionary cognitive scientist Mark Changizi goes there and does that.

The Problem With the Web and E-Books Is That There’s No Space for Them

Libraries and books -- the real, physical ones -- harnessed our evolved powers of navigation, and were profitable extensions of our brains. The web and today's e-books, on the other hand, have given up on navigability. Evolutionary cognitive scientist Mark Changizi asks, "Have the web and e-books given up on brains?"

3D Movies Are Missing the Point...Of View

How 3D movies can get the viewer into the head of the protagonist.

When Exactly Will Computers Go Ape-Shi* and Take Over?

Why Reverse-Engineering Postponed the Singularity 

How to Write a Popular Science Book

I once had the chance to chat with John Brockman, agent to the science stars (like Dawkins and Pinker). Here's what I gleaned.

What Are Big Brains For?

The big embarrassment of neuroscience is that we don't know what big brains are for.

Stephen Pinker's Miracle of Language...and Writing?

Reading has the same "instinct smell" as speech and music, but there's no reading instinct. Perhaps the story of the origins of writing is also the story of the origins of speech and music.

P, NP, And Is Academia Inhospitable to Big Discoveries?

The Big Theoretical Breakthrough: How Does One Write a Grant Proposal For That?

The Power of the Brain Through the Window of Savants

How powerful is your brain, really? The answer from autistic savants.

What Does Music Look Like to Our Brain?

Your brain's opinion of what music looks like suggests music sounds like people...moving.

The Man Who Mistook His Y for a Hat

How illiterate apes came to read.

The Colorful Smell of Richard Dawkins

Why is color the butt of all the "permuted qualia" jokes?

Carl Sagan’s Secret Sauce: Tapping Into Our Religious Sense?

Carl Sagan's Cosmos series was special in its power to motivate students to devote their lives to science. What was Sagan's secret sauce?