May 21, 2013: TED
Our “rain tread” hypothesis for why we get pruney fingers, at TED. Cartoon by Lippy (Michael Lipman). Voice-over by me. (More information.)
May 21, 2013: COLOR ME KITTY
Higgs the Science Cat — whose human is the science writer Faye Flam — has written two pieces in Parade Magazine on how animals see in color, and on our O2Amp technology for correcting it.
April 5, 2013: ENTREPRENEURSHIP
IdeaMensch interviewed me about being a scientist and entrepreneur.
March 20, 2013: TED
I spoke at TED in NYC in December of 2012 on my grand unified theory of illusions. For more information, see my earlier book, The Vision Revolution. (For those with a strong stomach, see this journal article.)
March 18, 2013: OVERSEAS
Feb 28, 2013: TELEVISION
Jan 29, 2013: 2AI SPIN-OFFS
Professor Daniel Bor, a red-green color-blind neuroscientist at the University of Sussex and author of The Ravenous Brain, has independently carried out experiments on himself to gauge the extent to which O2Amp’s Oxy-Iso is an aid. The results are very encouraging, helping us better grasp its benefits, and also its limitations. Some press stories: Scientific American / Txchnologist, Slashdot, Diffusion Radio, io9, The Times UK [subscription], BBC, Discovery News, Daily Mail UK, New Scientist, Smart Planet, CBC, Unexplained Mysteries, Telegraph, Voice of Russia, Geek Chic Mama, NY Daily News, GizMag, The Argus, Elite Daily, Columbia Chronicle, Under the Gun, Today, PopSci, ABC News “This Could Be Big”.
Jan 11, 2013: RAIN TREADS
I talk with Flora Lichtman of NPR’s Science Friday about our pruney-fingers-are-rain-treads hypothesis.
Jan 9, 2013: DISCOVERY CHANNEL, DAILY PLANET
The Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet did a television segment on our O2Amp technology. Come see! It starts at 4:00. (Coincidentally, the segment just before it, at 2:50, is on pruney fngers.)
Jan 10, 2013: CONVERGING
New behavioral experiments done at Newcastle find that pruney fingers aid grip in wet conditions. …consistent with our pruney-fingers-are-rain-treads hypothesis, and the evidence we provided last year that pruney wrinkles have the peculiar predicted signature of rain treads. Here I discuss at Forbes the past, present, and future of the rain-tread hypothesis in this light. [Select recent press stories coming out of this: NPR's Science Friday, Bite Sci-zed video, Geek Beat TV, Smaller Questions, AOL, Robert Kurzban, Guardian, Scientific American, Science News, io9, WIRED, New Statesman, Le Monde, Eos Wetenschap, Oggiscienza, Origo, Scinexx, Humanistischer Pressedienst, 21 Stoleti, Heilpraxisnet, NY Times, Atlantic, Star Tribune, The Scientist, Jezebel, National Geographic, PsychScienceNotes, BR, C&EN
Science News, Courier,
French students on pruney fingers. ]
Dec 24, 2012: TIME Magazine
Maia Szalavitz at TIME Magazine discusses new research providing converging evidence that music culturally evolved to sound like humans moving about evocatively, thereby harnessing our ancient auditory human-recognition sense. The Dartmouth authors of the new study are Beau Sievers, Larry Polansky, Michael Casey, and Thalia Wheatley.
March 6, 2013: SUNGLASSES
We’ve been selling our O2Amp eyewear for medical and colorblindness purposes, but — the secret is — I have been wearing our technology for the last year for a different reason altogether. …as sunglasses. Get the technology in Smith frames if you’re one of our first 50 orders starting today.
Jan 6, 2013: O2Lamp
O2Amp moves into lighting for medical and everyday spaces. Bathe the whole space — no eyewear needed.
Nov 17, 2012: SPEAKING
Jan 6, 2013: VIDEO
Dec 8, 2012: COLOR
Nice piece, and bawdy discussion, by John Holbo at Crooked Timber.
Jan 1, 2013: O2Amp
Nov 15, 2012: ARGENTINA
“…profound evidence for how these two domains (language and music) separated us from our ancestors.”
Nov 18, 2012: Czech
National Geographic on my illusion research.
Nov 18, 2012: RADIO
I talk with Jennifer Ouellette about color, the emotion-and-health-enhancing O2Amp glasses, vision, and more.
Nov 26, 2012: ROMANIA
The implications of my research and book, Harnessed, on what’s next, after human.
Nov 14, 2012: DISCOVER MAG
The Colossal Pile of Jibberish Behind Discovery, and Its Implications for Science Funding. Also, I talk about my math proof that science is incremental and “eureka”-prone.
Nov 9, 2012: FORBES
For Siri’s New Competitor, SkyPhrase, Academia Isn’t Big Enough for AI. My discussion with artificial-intelligence researcher, Nick Cassimatis, at Forbes.
Aug 28, 2012: MSNBC TV
In this link, Dylan Ratigan talks to me about my hosting of Discovery Channel’s new show, Head Games.
Oct 29, 2012: VISION REVOLUTION
My book, The Vision Revolution, comes out in Japanese, via translator Hiroyuki Shabata.
Nov 13, 2012: OVERSEAS
I’ve just received word that my most recent book, HARNESSED: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man, will be translated into Korean.
Oct 25, 2012: SIMPLICITY
Robert Bolton interviewed me about science and discovery, with gorgeous art design by Jessica Tien.
Oct 23, 2012: VISION rEVOLUTION
Oct 23, 2011: ART
Casey Rentz interviews me about why I love science.
Apr 25, 2011: CHESS
Just noticed my eight-year-old daughter was in Glamour, for this piece.
Oct 12, 2012: SPANISH
A story on my work on Human 3.0, namely on where we’re going as a species. See also this piece.
Sept 19, 2012: REVIEWING
My review at New Scientist of Seth Horowitz’s book, The Universal Sense.
Sept 13, 2012: DISCOVER MAGAZINE
“For Stealthy Electric Cars, Auditory Illusions Could Save Lives.” My piece at Discover Magazine, on my idea for adding “smart sound” to dangerously quiet electric cars.
Sept 15 , 2012: Deutschland
Sept 13 , 2012: HUMAN 3.0
George Dvorsky writes about “9 Overlooked Technologies that Could Transform the World,” and one is ‘Harnessed’. (More on this idea.)
Sept 11 , 2012: ILLUSION
I take an off-the-cuff shot at the above spiral illusion, in this Natalie Wolchover piece. (My full explanation.)
Sept 9 , 2012: ARTS
Noah Hutton discusses a variety of approaches to pulling art and science together, including my ‘Harnessed’ approach. See also this piece.
Aug 8, 2012: O2Amp
July 26, 2012: io9
I responded as part of io9′s series on “What Was It?” that got me into my areas.
July 30, 2012: O2Amp
The first eyewear designed for seeing people. …is now on sale. See the earlier story.
July 6 , 2012: INTERVIEW
Maia Szalavitz interviews me on the function of color, origins of music, and our O2Amp.
June 28 , 2012: 2AI TECH
We at 2AI have invented eyewear technology — the O2Amp — for amplifying perception of emotions and health on the skin of others. …and we’ve received our first shipment from our manufacturer.
June 28 , 2012: IDEA BIRTH
The unedited advice I give to students on how to get ideas, at Benchfly.
May 26 , 2012: TELEVISION HOST
I’m the principal on-screen science host on Discovery Channel’s new science show, called Head Games. The first show appears on June 3.
June 10 , 2012: EARTHSKY
Jorge Salazar from Earthsky interviews me about Harnessed.
June 7 , 2012: BENCHFLY
Alan Marnett from Benchfly interviews me about Harnessed.
June 6 , 2012: MEDIAPOCALYPSE
Zac Shaw reviews Harnessed:
Changizi’s book makes a lucid, elegant case for a simple hypothesis: “music sounds like humans moving and behaving (usually expressively)” or in other words, “music moves us because it literally sounds like moving.” Harnessed details how virtually every major facet of music has a counterpart in the sound generated from the movement of our bodies and other physical objects in space.
June 2 , 2012: THE ECONOMIST
Benjamin Sutherland talked to me about why we’re so comfortable with zooming tech.
May 31 , 2012: RADIOLAB
I consulted with Radiolab for their great show on color vision.
May 19 , 2012: PHIL INQUIRER
Faye Flam writes about the evolution of color vision.
May 16 , 2012: FUTURE TECH
Bradley Kreit at the ITFT discusses smart pain.
May 26 , 2012: DISCOVER MAGAZINE
My new piece at Discover Magazine, on the powers of adaptation, and how to change your ethnicity in one week.
May 10 , 2012: CONNECTIONS
Natalie Wolchover asks what would happen if we had six fingers, and touches both upon my research on why animals have as many limbs and digits as they do, and the relationship between digit number and the cultural evolution of numeracy (in light of my book, Harnessed).
May 8 , 2012: REVIEW
Jason G. Goldman reviews my earlier book at Scientific American‘s “Thoughtful Animal”: “Changizi combines evidence from comparative psychology, cognitive neuroscience, anthropology, and linguistics in order to lay out a theoretical perspective for the evolution of the human visual system that could potentially revise much of what we think we know about human vision.”
April 26 , 2012: WRITING
Reading baboons, and how it relates to Harnessed and my research on the origins of writing.
April 26 , 2012: PRUNEY
New coverage on why our fingers get pruney when wet. See all the coverage here.
April 26 , 2012: CITIES
A piece at Mesh Cities on my research showing how cities and brains get bigger in similar ways.
April 24 , 2012: THE INSTITUTE
The Idaho Statesman’s Katy Moeller discusses Tim Barber and my research institute, 2AI, including our research and first intellectual property spin-off.
April 23 , 2012: NOVEL
My first novel is finished, and has a cover. It is about what’s next, after humans. See this piece to get an idea of the science behind the novel. Expect to hear more over the next half year…
April 19 , 2012: CRUX
The Atlantic recently had a debate on whether music is instinct or invention, with Geoffrey Miller versus Gary Marcus. People have been asking me my own view. Here it is, at Discover Magazine.
April 16 , 2012: PHILA INQUIRER
Faye Flam at the Philadelphia Inquirer talks about reading baboons, and how the new research goes along with my research showing that writing has evolved to look “like nature,” thereby harnessing our (and other ape) brains.
April 10 , 2012: CRUX
My idea to hack and upgrade 3D glasses, and thereby greatly amplify our connection to the movie (or video game) character.
April 6 , 2012: TECH REVIEW
Feb 2, 2012: BIG NEWS for 2AI TECH
Our research institute, 2AI Labs, has an entrepreneurial side, where we have developed new technology for glasses that better connect us to the other humans around us. Jeremy Hsu writes about it at Innovation News Daily / MSNBC.
Dec 23, 2011: BIG NEWS for HARNESSED!
I’m excited that my new book, Harnessed, is among New Scientist’s top ten science books of 2011, standing aside other authors I admire.
March 15, 2012: DISCOVER, CRUX
Are humans “meant” to be doing language and music?
March 15, 2012: TIME MAGAZINE
Maia Szalavitz writes about the problem with e-books at TIME, including mention of my discussion on this.
March 15, 2012: OVERSEAS
My book, Harnessed, was just purchased for the Japan audience! And Vision Revolution should appear in Japanese soon.
March 12, 2012: INTERVIEW
Dr. G of Bodies in Space recently interviewed me about my book, Harnessed, and how it explains who we are today.
Sep 12, 2011: NOBEL
Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek took Harnessed home, “read it with fascination,” and reviewed it.
Feb 3, 2012: DISCOVER
LEGO used to be king of the creative-combinatorial. Now they’ve taken the model-building route. My piece at Discover Magazine on this. See also the post linked here at the Telegraph by Roger Highfield.
Jan 27, 2012: REVIEW
“Changizi develops this simple but striking premise to show how language and music have been able to harness our brains,” by Richard P. Grant.
Jan 13, 2012: FRANCE
Sabine Casalonga writes a gorgeous article on harnessing and the limits of human brains in Le Monde de l’intelligence. For more on how brains change with size see the links here.
June 29, 2011: PRUNEY GRIP
My new research: What pruney fingers are for. …rain treads. By myself, Romann Weber, Ritesh Kotecha and Joseph Palazzo.
Jan 6, 2012: WIRED
Samuel Arbesman discusses my research on the laws governing division of labor in bodies, brains, ant colonies, circuits, Legos and other networks.
Jan 5, 2012: AMSTERDAM
A piece by Sjoerd Tuinema about my art and design talk at the Museum of the Image.
Jan 5, 2012: REVIEW
Julie Sedivy reviews my Harnessed among the “juicy” books of 2011, at Psychology Today.
Dec 22, 2011: REVIEW
Paul Harris reviews my Vision Revolution in the Journal of Behavioral Optometry.
Dec 21, 2011: CREATIVITY POST
Why I’m not a conference-goer. Lessons for creativity.
Dec 7, 2011: DISCOVER MAG, CRUX
Bursting the Bubble of Human Intelligence. What if the chasm between us and them is, instead, a slender fault line?
Dec 7, 2011: PAST BLAST
My interview about The Vision Revolution at The Beautiful Brain with Noah Hutton.
Nov 16, 2011: DISCOVER MAG, CRUX
We’re nowhere near artificial brains.
Nov 15, 2011: DISCOVER MAG, CRUX
Engineers and scientists need different motivations. …and the role of Sagan.
Nov 2, 2011: REVIEW
“Generating controversial theories is not new to this evolutionary neurobiologist.” Frank Bures reviews Harnessed at Scientific American MIND.
Sep 14, 2011: FREAK
Coincidentally, my book on the rise of the apes came out the same week as the movie, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” And, my book happens to be the only justification around for the movie premise. My guest piece at Freakonomics.
Sep 13, 2011: INTERVIEW
My full interview with David Burger of the Salt Lake Tribune.
Sep 8, 2011: WEE WIRED
GeekDad discovers Toy Story‘s terrifying developmental benefits.
Aug 31, 2011: UNCONVOLUTED
Can our pruney fingers help us build better rain treads?
Aug 25, 2011: REVIEW
Review of HARNESSED in Discover Magazine, September, print.
Aug 25, 2011: PRESS RELEASE
The press release for Harnessed.
Aug 22, 2011: REVIEWS OUT
My Wall Street Journal review of Cathy Davidson’s new book, NOW YOU SEE IT.
Aug 22, 2011: HUFF/AOL
Is language a technology? Or, is it innate? Why my book, Harnessed, argues language (and writing and music) are technologies.
Aug 22, 2011: UK
The sounds of movement. New Scientist reviews HARNESSED, by Bob Holmes.
Aug 18, 2011: SCIAM
Jason Goldman at Sciam on my research showing that cities are shaped like brains.
Aug 15, 2011: MUSIC
Music, harnessing, and me on WNYC radio.
Aug 15, 2011: CREATIVITY
What to do about all the crazy-ridiculous research?
Aug 9, 2011: HIJACKED
Nidhi Subbaraman interviews me about Harnessed.
Aug 8, 2011: INNOVATION
Jeremy Hsu interviewed me about how “nature-harnessing” is the key to our future, as well as our present.
Aug 3, 2011: BRAIN PICKED
BrainPickings — one of the most influential sites on brain, culture and art — discusses HARNESSED.
July 30, 2011: EXCERPTED
And excerpt from my book, HARNESSED, is now at Scientific American.
July 27, 2011: WIRED print
My WIRED UK print piece on how Homo sapiens became modern humans. …the topic of HARNESSED.
July 18, 2011: RADIO
Phillip Adams of ABC Radio’s Late Night Live talks to me about the future of humans.
June 15, 2011: BIG BRAINS
The feature story in July’s print Scientific American, by Douglas Fox, on how big brains are made. …including my research on the issue. And here is his
podcast on the topic. More info. And see the connection to city organization (also here).
May 22, 2011: HARNESSED UNTAPPED
Music sounds like people, moving! The Wall Street Journal‘s Pia Catton interviews me about my new book on music (and speech).
May 21, 2011: TV on CHANGIZI
My video interview on Dr. Kiki’s Science Hour. I gab about my new book, Harnessed, and on what’s next, after humans. Also, I discuss what we’re doing at 2AI Labs. (Also viewable at Youtube.)
May 12, 2011: FORBES UNCONVOLUTED
What should we unravel next, after the genome? Answer: The teleome, the complete set of an animal’s “powers.”
May 4, 2011: CHANGIZIFYING
Bill Benzon, author of Beethoven’s Anvil, on the trouble with academia. Blushing alert: “I take the case of Mark Changizi as an index of the current state of affairs. He’s one of the most brilliant and creative psychologists of his generation, but has chosen to abandon the academic ship because it didn’t give him room to think deep thoughts.” And here’s my
March 25, 2011: FORBES UNCONVOLUTED
The trouble with “3D Movies” is that they’re not 3D movies so much as “binocular movies.”
February 23, 2011: HUMAN 3.0
My short “manifesto” of sorts about where we humans are headed, in Seed Magazine. (Hint: Not genes, not AI, not Borg.) Andrew Sullivan posts on my “manifesto” on what’s next, after humans. (He may follow my work, as he’s posted on earlier research on the origins of writing.)
Mark Changizi is Director of Human Cognition at 2AI, and the author of The Vision Revolution (Benbella Books, 2009) and Harnessed: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man (Benbella Books, 2011). His first book was The Brain from 25000 Feet (Springer, 2003).