How I Became A Scientist

(The following is a post I wrote for Bio Yelp on how I became a scientist. Hopefully you find something in here informative or interesting!) My brain is a physical object, and my mind emerges from physical processes. This basic realization struck me when I was 15, during a lesson about the nervous system. How … Continue reading How I Became A Scientist

Cognitive Astrobiology

So here's a cool combination of fields: neuroscience and astrobiology. Let's call it "cognitive astrobiology." What is cognitive astrobiology? It can take several forms. The first is figuring out how to communicate with extraterrestrial life. The SETI Institute, devoted to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, has a resident psychologist on board, Douglas Vakoch, whose job … Continue reading Cognitive Astrobiology