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Malcolm MacIver
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Attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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My Caltech TEDx on how neuroprosthetics could be used to expand/change consciousness now up.
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Proudest Moment of 21th Century Man, Presenting a TED Talk :P
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Popular Mechanics article on what science advisors do for movies, featuring friend and fellow advisor Sean Carroll
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Noë has a nice article on art and science here. But, while the embodiment part is compelling, the essay falls down with a crash when he tries to make the argument that science, in principle, is unlikely to offer insight because of the open-endedness of what is art. What a strange idea. Happiness is also open-ended, yet there's significant progress on empirical approaches to understanding it. Ditto with health. Whatever his skepticism is about how science can't help with understanding our appreciation of art, it can't turn on art's open endedness. Noë siree.
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A neither circular nor cubic cutting board for the OCD Chef. Available from ThinkGeek.
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My talk at the Summer School on the Evolution of Consciousness in Montreal
Abstract: Back in our watery days as fish, we lived in a medium that was inherently unfriendly to seeing things very far away. The technical way this is measured is the "attenuation length" of light t...
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Nice talk. That robot navigating through obstacles, is that setup at NU or Harvard? 
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An inspiring article on eco-feedback technology in low income housing
When the landlord pays the electric bill, residents have little incentive to turn off unused lights and forgo the air conditioner. That's the common perception, anyway. Tawanna Dillahunt was curio...
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Information wants to be free, but what do we do when scientists generate information that could kill?
Health & Medicine | H5N1 avian flu | Malcolm MacIver is a bioengineer at Northwestern University who studies the neural and biomechanical basis of animal intelligence. He also consults for sci-fi ...
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hey Amneet, thanks!
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io9 picks up on our fish choir installation
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Third in my series on why consciousness evolved. In this post, I look at three ways we can escape simple reflex arcs in behavior: by planning through memory, through communication, and through long range perception.
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Could be an interesting theory. In many ways, physics seems to have lost proper touch with the life sciences. I have just written a book on time and its relation to reality and consciousness.

I would like to discuss such topics of the above nature with you.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

John
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Very revealing infographic on the diminishing biodiversity of many of the things we eat.
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Our Dwindling Food Variety #infographic; between 1903 and 1983, 93% of food variety has gone extinct (USDA); via National Gerographic http://bit.ly/pmCVsv

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Dr. MacIver, I posted a comment from Sir Richard Branson about conservation of sharks. Losing a crown predator like the sharks are will have drastic consequences.
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Science, engineering, art
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  • Northwestern University
    Professor, 2003 - present
  • Caltech
    Postdoc, 2001 - 2003
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Bioengineer, neuroethologist, admirer of all things animal.
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  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Neuroscience, 1996 - 2001
  • Indiana University
    Cognitive Science, 1994 - 1996
  • University of Toronto
    Philosophy, 1992 - 1996
  • University of Toronto
    Computer Science/Philosophy (Double Major), 1986 - 1992
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