I have a Ph.D. in neuroscience from George Mason University, located just outside of Washington, D.C., where I am involved in research in the Visual Attention and Cognition Lab. My work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Cognition & Emotion, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, Human Brain Mapping, and Acta Psychologica, and I have written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, BBC, Scientific American, Slate, Quartz, Aeon, The Daily Beast, and others. I also blog for Psychology Today (Mind in the Machine blog) and The Huffington Post. I’ve made media appearances to discuss my articles on Fox News Radio, Belgium’s Knack, Newstalk National Radio Ireland, and others. My primary interests relate to consciousness, cognition, and AI. When insomnia reigns I write and produce music. I am also a film nerd and an over-the-hill skateboarder.
I am currently working on a transgressive sci-fi novel that will be completed in 2017. My cat Seymour is my best friend and my yoga-wizard wife is my muse. I see the universe as a very spiritual place, as it appears to be engineered to generate complexity, life, and inevitably, mind. In the spirit of Albert Einstein, I believe that “The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things natural and spiritual as a meaningful unity.”
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