The Big List of Things I’ve Written
Go to the Fun Countries - The Strange Continent
Some countries let you sleep. Others wake you up. For the traveler, there are three kinds of countries. There are the…
The Top 10 Party Cities in the Middle East
When you hear words like "parties" and "nightlife," the Middle East probably isn't the first part of the world that…
Here’s What It Feels Like to Cliff-Dive With a Paralyzing Fear of Heights
I’ve had a phobia of heights for as long as I can remember…
No One Hears You Shouting From the Slums of Mombasa - The Strange Continent
The story of a man, a city, and a piece of truth. The estate where we live is not in the slums. It's a nice middle…
Missing: One Gray Canvas Trenchcoat
Brand is Zara; size medium. Lost at a nightclub called Red Garter, in Florence, late last Friday night. Possibly stolen…
Freedom Comes When You Quit Faking
Elle Kay, you say, “90% of my time is spent in the wrong place with the wrong people doing the wrong things for the…
Do NOT Quit Your Job. DO Your Job.
A retraction of every “live your dreams” screed I ever wrote
Fear and Loathing in World History
Discover which drugs your favorite world leaders love most!
There Is No Yesterday
An interactive experience in speaking with people from the past
Time's Orphans Have Names
A whirlwind journey into the furthest depths of ancient history
How Real Aliens Killed Sci-Fi For Me - The Strange Continent
A tale of waking up from geek dreams to geek reality The day the ship came from the other world, Fox was bringing in…
From "One Goat" to "The Number One" - The Strange Continent
We didn't always have numbers-we had to invent them first. Here's how the birth of math changed everything…
Ancient Mesopotamians: The True Original Gangstas
The great crime bosses of the IronAge
How Flawed Memories Teach Us What's True
On the living, beating hearts of the memories we leave behind
The "Gypsies" Aren't Who You Think They Are
They're called Roma, they're intriguing, and "gypsy" is a slur…
Across the Aegean - The Strange Continent
A tale of a time when East met West When Aristagoras, Greek sea-trader of Piraeus, first laid eyes upon the treasures…
Alexander: The Great Who Wasn't (Quite) Greek
Who exactly were the ancient Greeks — and how did they feel about Alexander?
The Most Haunting Scene I Can Imagine
In certain moments, we catch hints and whispers of a bigger, older world
The Lure of the Abyss - The Strange Continent
What's so fascinating about the dark? The word "abyss" may be one of the oldest words still in use. We can trace its…
The Fascination of the Abomination - The Strange Continent
Why is the human mind so eager to explore the darkness? What do we hope to learn there? I. Paradoxes of the heart Have…
How I learned from my sister that standardized tests have nothing to do with real life.
"Dear 16-year-old Annie, you suck at standardized tests. In 10 years, no one will care."
James Needham's "Bathroom Selfie" Painting Continues a 40,000-Year Artistic Tradition - The Strange…
But to prove it, we're gonna have to get NSFW. We've all gotten pulled into one of those conversations at one party or…
Do We Have a Right Not to Face Our Triggers?
When does “trigger correctness” become counterproductive?
Some Songs Just Can't Be Heard
The composer's wife had died suddenly; violently. Here, at the premiere of his latest piece, the audience whispered…
How Flawed Memories Teach Us What's True
Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below. Jussi…
9 Books to Read by Age 30 - The Strange Continent
These are the books that defined my 20s. Read them to become a better writer-or a more interesting person. Each of…
Be Proud To Be Wrong
One day in first grade, my teacher Mrs. Warner told us we were going to learn about monkeys. "Who here knows something…
What Folding Chairs Taught Me About Skepticism
Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below. At the…
You're Not Supposed To Be Here
I'll always remember the message. It was in the top room of the tower in a tiny alcove hidden behind a nondescript wall…
The above article sparked a week-long controversy on social media about the state of popular science fandom. Here’s some press coverage from Nature.com about the debate— and here’s an interview with me about it.
Lessons from 'Living Cadavers' - The Crux
The dead, the headlines read, might soon be brought back to life. As pop-science headlines tend to, they blew the…
The Man Who Tried to Weigh the Soul - The Crux
In 1907, a Massachusetts doctor named Duncan MacDougall performed an unusual series of experiments. Intrigued by the…
Meet the Parasites That Control Human Brains - The Crux
It's time to enjoy some monster stories, and the scariest monsters of all are those that actually exist. Join us as we…
Welcome to the Mind-Meld: Our Future of Brain-to-Brain Communication - The Crux
The first rat pressed a lever, anticipating the tasty reward it'd been trained to expect. An implant in the rat's brain…
We're Pretty Much All Tripping, All the Time
TED and The Huffington Post are excited to bring you TEDWeekends, a curated weekend program that introduces a powerful…
Revenge of the Lizard Brain
There's a scene in Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas in which the writer, high out of his mind on hallucinogens, watches a…
How Our Brains Process Books
We all know how it feels to get lost in a great book. Sometimes the characters and emotions can seem every bit as real…
Oliver Sacks Shares Tales of Musical Hallucinations
When the piece first premiered, critics When the piece first premiered, critics called it "repellent,"…
Brain-Wide Map of "Neural Highways" Is First of Its Kind
For the first time ever, neuroscientists have completed a comprehensive roadmap of the top-trafficked communication…
The More Complex Our Brains, the More Different They Get
Evolution has given us each a processing network that adapts uniquely to its own experiences. The more data we deal…
Public Dialogue About Mental Health
Does superstition play a role in our understanding of mental health? In his recent book Hallucinations, Dr. Oliver…
The Search for a Nobel Prize-Winning Synapse Machine
2013′s Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine honors three researchers in particular - but what it really honors is…
The Limits of Fight-or-Flight Training - The Crux
The soldiers at Checkpoint 56 ordered the woman to stop. She was Palestinian, the soldiers were Israeli, and this…
What's So Special about Mirror Neurons?
In the early 1990s, a team of neuroscientists at the University of Parma made a surprising discovery: Certain groups of…
Meaning on the Brain: How Your Mind Organizes Reality
They called him " Diogenes the Cynic," because "cynic" meant "dog-like," and he had a habit of basking naked on the…
A Seemingly Insane Idea That Actually Struck Gold
Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below. In April…
Are the Brains of Introverts and Extroverts Actually Different? - The Crux
Introversion, it seems, is the Internet's current meme du jour. Articles on introverts are nothing new, of course -The…
The Haunters of the Machine
The patient, most doctors agreed, was a lost cause. Occasionally she'd open her eyes; yawn or grunt; or even cry -- but…
I Got Robbed at Gunpoint... If My Memory Serves Correctly
A few years ago I found myself walking through an L.A. neighborhood that I didn't know very well. This was not one of…
Gods, Selves, and Schizophrenic Brains
The voices sounded real. The first time Hans heard one of them, a young woman's scream of pain, he called the cops and…
Brains of Autistic Children Are Surprisingly Hyper-Connected - D-brief
From a non-autistic point of view, people with autism can seem somewhat disconnected in social and emotional terms. It…
The Neuroscience Revolution Will Be Crowdsourced
As Albert Einstein famously said, "No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it." The…
What's Individuality, and Where Does It Come From?
"Let's say you have an axe. Just a cheap one, from Home Depot," opens the horror-comedy novel John Dies at the End. "On…
Why Brain-Mapping Efforts Matter - Even If They Don t Succeed
In 1956, a legion of famed scientific minds descended on Dartmouth College to debate one of mankind's most persistent…
Become a Mad Genius in Two Simple Steps
In our heroes’ lives, it’s the weird stuff that tends to stand out. But our heroes’ wilder sides are only one third of…
How I Learned to Stop Humblebragging and Love the Work
If you need others’ approval of your projects, maybe it’s time to take a closer look at your true motivations.
How To Stop Your Mind From Working Too Hard
New brain science breakthroughs offer some surprising insights about how to reduce stress and boost productivity.
4 Startup Skills I’ve Learned From Real-Time Strategy Games
Conquering the world can teach you some useful things about business.
The Cradle and the Sword
A sweeping historical epic set in ancient Mesopotamia
The Man With the Myriad Scars
Published in Weird Tales, November-December 2008 issue. Here’s a very nice article that someone wrote about it.
Published in the 2008 anthology Bound For Evil
Published in the 2008 anthology Cthulhu Unbound
While I’m at it, I’ll also mention that I my neuroscience news brand,
The Connectome, has a breaking news website, a SoundCloud podcast, a YouTube channel, and a few thousand fans on Facebook and Twitter and Google Plus. If you want to learn more about the mysteries of your brain (and, I mean, who doesn’t, really) you should check that stuff out.
I spent a year in Turkey, where I made this documentary about the anti-government protests there — and what happened after them.
Even longer ago than that, I was the editor-in-chief of a neo-Victorian art and fiction magazine called The Willows — which I created and launched myself, and ran with a very capable team of artists and editors.
Wow — you actually made it all the way down here! Not many make it this far, so I must commend your fortitude. Thank you for reading!