Two pieces of mine about why COSMOS matters, and how it worked at motivating us.
Oddly, Sagan and crew might of copied the concept for Kubrick and Clarke when they joked that '2001' was a religious film.
He attended the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, and then went on to the University of Virginia for a degree in physics and mathematics, and to the University of Maryland for a PhD in math. In 2002 he won a prestigious Sloan-Swartz Fellowship in Theoretical Neurobiology at Caltech, and in 2007 he became an assistant professor in the Department of Cognitive Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 2010 he took the post of Director of Human Cognition at a new research institute called 2ai Labs.
He has more than thirty scientific journal articles, some of which have been covered in news venues such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and Wired. He has written three books, The Brain from 25000 Feet (Kluwer 2003), The Vision Revolution (Benbella 2009) and Harnessed: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man (Benbella 2011). He is working on two new books. One is his first fiction, called HUMAN 3.0, on the future of humans. The other is on emotions and facial expressions, called FORCE OF EMOTION.
- University of Maryland (PhD Appl Math)Applied Math, 1992 - 1997
- University of Virginia (B.S. Physics & Math)Physics and Math, 1987 - 1991
- Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology1986 - 1987
- 2AIDirector of Human Cognition, 2010 - present
- Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteAssistant Professor, Cog Sci, 2007 - 2010
- California Institute of TechnologySloan-Swartz Fellow in Theoretical Neurobiology, 2002 - 2006
- Duke UniversityPostdoc, 1998 - 2002
- University College CorkLecturer, 1997 - 1998