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Jan 28, 2014: O2Amp

Some people are “health blind”!

There are those among us who are “health blind”, i.e., handicapped at sensing the health signals most of us easily recognize on others around us. They are the color blind. But we at O2Amp can fix that.


Oct 28, 2013: CRUX

Do I Want My Brain in Physical Books, or e-Books?

“Libraries and books nature-harness us, from the navigation process the physical-library-filled-with-physical-books demands to the reading of the writing itself.”


Oct 23, 2013: Tech-Inspired Biology

This View of Life

Understanding evolution can lead to better technology. But did you know that understanding technology can better elucidate evolution? …that technology itself is evolving over time to discover truths about our biology?


Oct 27, 2013: Literacy and Brain

From Words to Brains

Livia Blackburne, neuroscientist and novelist, wrote a short book called From Words to Brains, and Ye Olde Bard reviews it, touching upon my research on the origins of writing.


June 17, 2013: TV

National Geographic’s Brain Games

I was on National Geographic’s Brain Games in June. Here’s a teaser video of me talking about how your brain sees the present (scroll about half way down the page). For more on that topic, see this TED talk.


June 3, 2013: LITERACY

Writing Harnesses Us

Stanislas Dehaene covers the case that writing nature-harnesses us, neuronally recycling facets of our brains. See my article that writing looks like nature, as well as my books, The Vision rEvolution and Harnessed.


May 20, 2013: VICE

Music Harnesses Us

A new paper shows that music can elicit a visual motion after-effect, further confirming the idea that music sounds like movement to our brains. See Pascal Wallisch, one of the authors, on the topic. Recall that my book, Harnessed, makes a book-length case that music has culturally evolved to sound like a person evocatively moving in our midst, thereby tapping into pre-existing human-behavior-recognition auditory mechanisms. Lawrence De Geest writes about this at VICE.


May 21, 2013: TED

Pruney fingers: A gripping story

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

Parade Magazine: Part I, II

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.



Failing less and less

IdeaMensch interviewed me about being a scientist and entrepreneur.


March 20, 2013: TED

Why we see illusions

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

Harnessed in Korean

My most recent book, Harnessed, has now appeared in Korean translation, with tireless translator Seung Young Noh. For more info about the book, here’s a start: a review by Nobel laureate.


Feb 28, 2013: TELEVISION

ABC’s This Could Be Big

ABC Nightline‘s Bill Weir talked with me about our O2Amp technology, and our Oxy-Iso’s ability to aid with colorblindness.


Jan 29, 2013: 2AI SPIN-OFFS

O2Amp aids the color-blind

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

NPR’s Science Friday

I talk with Flora Lichtman of NPR’s Science Friday about our pruney-fingers-are-rain-treads hypothesis.



O2Amp on TV

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 ‘Pruney’ Study

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

New ‘Harnessed’ Study

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.


Jan 6, 2013: O2Lamp

O2Amp Moves into Lighting

O2Amp moves into lighting for medical and everyday spaces. Bathe the whole space — no eyewear needed.


Jan 6, 2013: VIDEO

O2Amp-ing with Emon

Filmmaker Emon Hassan, filmmaker and photographer, did a segment with me and the O2Amp (O2Amp).


Nov 15, 2012: ARGENTINA

New review of HARNESSED

“…profound evidence for how these two domains (language and music) separated us from our ancestors.”


Nov 14, 2012: DISCOVER MAG

The Junk in Science’s Trunk

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

Academia Upside-Down

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

Head Games

In this link, Dylan Ratigan talks to me about my hosting of Discovery Channel’s new show, Head Games.



Japanese translation

My book, The Vision Revolution, comes out in Japanese, via translator Hiroyuki Shabata.


Oct 23, 2011: ART

Why Science Is Art

Casey Rentz interviews me about why I love science.


Oct 12, 2012: SPANISH

Human 3.0

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

Sight vs Hearing

My review at New Scientist of Seth Horowitz’s book, The Universal Sense.



Dangerously Quiet Cars

“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

Vision Revolution in German

My book, The Vision Revolution, appears in German translation. Two early — good — reviews: Tabula rasa, and ORF.


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

Spiral 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

Beautiful Brain

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

What You See

What does it look like to view through our health-and-emotion-enhancing O2Amp eyewear? We got an artist to illustrate it for you. (See also the O2Amp story.)


July 26, 2012: io9

Gödel Saved Me from Physics

I responded as part of io9’s series on “What Was It?” that got me into my areas.


July 30, 2012: O2Amp

O2Amp, Now on Sale

The first eyewear designed for seeing people. …is now on sale. See the earlier story.


July 6 , 2012: INTERVIEW

TIME Magazine

Maia Szalavitz interviews me on the function of color, origins of music, and our O2Amp.


June 28 , 2012: 2AI TECH

Eyewear for Viewing…People

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

How to get ’em

The unedited advice I give to students on how to get ideas, at Benchfly.


May 26 , 2012: TELEVISION HOST

Discovery Channel’s Head Games

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

Harnessed Interview

Jorge Salazar from Earthsky interviews me about Harnessed.


June 7 , 2012: BENCHFLY

Music and Harnessed

Alan Marnett from Benchfly interviews me about Harnessed.



Music’s Meaning

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

Prophets of Zoom

Benjamin Sutherland talked to me about why we’re so comfortable with zooming tech.


May 31 , 2012: RADIOLAB

Rippin’ the Rainbow

I consulted with Radiolab for their great show on color vision.


May 19 , 2012: PHIL INQUIRER

Pooch Vision

Faye Flam writes about the evolution of color vision.


May 16 , 2012: FUTURE TECH

Harnessing Pain

Bradley Kreit at the ITFT discusses smart pain.



How I turned Japanese

My new piece at Discover Magazine, on the powers of adaptation, and how to change your ethnicity in one week.


May 10 , 2012: CONNECTIONS

Fingers and Culture

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

Baboons, Harnessed

Reading baboons, and how it relates to Harnessed and my research on the origins of writing.


April 26 , 2012: PRUNEY

What pruney fingers are for

New coverage on why our fingers get pruney when wet. See all the coverage here.


April 26 , 2012: CITIES

Cities are…brains

A piece at Mesh Cities on my research showing how cities and brains get bigger in similar ways.


April 24 , 2012: THE INSTITUTE

What is 2AI?

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

Human 3.0, the 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

Music: Instinct or Invention?

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

Baboons, Harnessed

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

Hacking 3D

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

Google’s Glasses: Gobbledeegook?

Listen to my analysis of Google’s Glasses in the voice-over of their teaser video. …a product of small-mammal video-man John Pavlus.


Feb 2, 2012: BIG NEWS for 2AI TECH

The Human Spectacle

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!

Top Ten Science Book in 2011

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

What makes us human?

Are humans “meant” to be doing language and music?


March 15, 2012: TIME MAGAZINE

E-Books: BAD!

Maia Szalavitz writes about the problem with e-books at TIME, including mention of my discussion on this.


March 15, 2012: OVERSEAS

Harnessed, turning Japanese

My book, Harnessed, was just purchased for the Japan audience! And Vision Revolution should appear in Japanese soon.


Sep 12, 2011: NOBEL

Nobel Reviews Harnessed

Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek took Harnessed home, “read it with fascination,” and reviewed it.


Feb 3, 2012: DISCOVER

What happened to LEGOs?

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

The Scientist on HARNESSED

“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

Our Brain’s Limits

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

Pruney rain treads

My new research: What pruney fingers are for. …rain treads. By myself, Romann Weber, Ritesh Kotecha and Joseph Palazzo.


Jan 6, 2012: WIRED

Biology’s Lego Laws

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

Art and Design

A piece by Sjoerd Tuinema about my art and design talk at the Museum of the Image.


Jan 5, 2012: REVIEW

Review of Harnessed

Julie Sedivy reviews my Harnessed among the “juicy” books of 2011, at Psychology Today.


Dec 22, 2011: REVIEW

Review of Vision Revolution

Paul Harris reviews my Vision Revolution in the Journal of Behavioral Optometry.



Anglerfish and Creativity

Why I’m not a conference-goer. Lessons for creativity.



Human Intelligence, Burst

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

The Vision Revolutionary

My interview about The Vision Revolution at The Beautiful Brain with Noah Hutton.


Nov 16, 2011: DISCOVER MAG, CRUX

Later Terminator

We’re nowhere near artificial brains.


Nov 15, 2011: DISCOVER MAG, CRUX

What’s wrong with science ed

Engineers and scientists need different motivations. …and the role of Sagan.


Nov 2, 2011: REVIEW

Mind… Harnessed

“Generating controversial theories is not new to this evolutionary neurobiologist.” Frank Bures reviews Harnessed at Scientific American MIND.


Sep 14, 2011: FREAK

Rise of the Apes via Miracle Grow

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

Salt Lake Tribune and Harnessed

My full interview with David Burger of the Salt Lake Tribune.


Sep 8, 2011: WEE WIRED

A Girl Becomes Self-Aware

GeekDad discovers Toy Story‘s terrifying developmental benefits.


Aug 31, 2011: UNCONVOLUTED

Getting a Grip, at Forbes

Can our pruney fingers help us build better rain treads?


Aug 25, 2011: REVIEW

Discover Mag, Harnessed

Review of HARNESSED in Discover Magazine, September, print.


Aug 22, 2011: REVIEWS OUT

Master of Distraction

My Wall Street Journal review of Cathy Davidson’s new book, NOW YOU SEE IT.


Aug 22, 2011: HUFF/AOL

Is Language Technology?

Is language a technology? Or, is it innate? Why my book, Harnessed, argues language (and writing and music) are technologies.


Aug 22, 2011: UK

New Scientist

The sounds of movement. New Scientist reviews HARNESSED, by Bob Holmes.


Aug 18, 2011: SCIAM

Cities and Brains

Jason Goldman at Sciam on my research showing that cities are shaped like brains.


Aug 15, 2011: MUSIC

WNYC, Soundcheck

Music, harnessing, and me on WNYC radio.


Aug 15, 2011: CREATIVITY


What to do about all the crazy-ridiculous research?


Aug 9, 2011: HIJACKED

MSNBC’s CosmicLog

Nidhi Subbaraman interviews me about Harnessed.


Aug 8, 2011: INNOVATION

Our Future

Jeremy Hsu interviewed me about how “nature-harnessing” is the key to our future, as well as our present.


Aug 3, 2011: BRAIN PICKED

Maria Popova and HARNESSED

BrainPickings — one of the most influential sites on brain, culture and art — discusses HARNESSED.


July 30, 2011: EXCERPTED

Harnessing Scientific American

And excerpt from my book, HARNESSED, is now at Scientific American.


July 27, 2011: WIRED print

The Secret Sauce in Us

My WIRED UK print piece on how Homo sapiens became modern humans. …the topic of HARNESSED.


July 18, 2011: RADIO

Down Under

Phillip Adams of ABC Radio’s Late Night Live talks to me about the future of humans.


June 15, 2011: BIG BRAINS

The Limits of Intelligence

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).



Wall Street Journal…harnessed

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

Dr. Kiki’s Science Hour

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.)



The Path to the Brain

What should we unravel next, after the genome? Answer: The teleome, the complete set of an animal’s “powers.”



Is Academia Eating Its Young?

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
troubles-with-academia piece.



3D Movies Could be So Much More

The trouble with “3D Movies” is that they’re not 3D movies so much as “binocular movies.”


February 23, 2011: HUMAN 3.0

Human Transformation, in Seed

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.)



All press stories on Changizi’s research.


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).


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