Member since: July 9, 2012
I'm an interdisciplinary researcher, consilientist and futurist. The consilientist bit might need some explanation.
I've always been fascinated by, well, everything - science, art, music, literature, philosophy...you name it. However, there's more: for me, the most amazing part is that everything we create, invent, build, and instantiate - all of our history, science, architecture, literature, symphonies, paintings, technology, and the rest - starts with inspiration.
The last part of my world view is that, given that all of this originates in our brain, even disciplines and forms of expression that appear unrelated are therefore deeply connected - even if those connections are not obvious.
It probably comes as no surprise that I studied Physiological Psychology - a multidisciplinary approach that included Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology, Artificial Intelligence, Neural Networks, Linguistics, Complexity, and Epistemology
Then, in 2008, the renowned biologist Edward O. Wilson published his book Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge - and I found a concept that defined my way of thinking. It was a remarkable and revelatory experience.
I've always been a science writer (and occasional speaker), since communicating about my love of ideas and knowledge is all I ever wanted to do - and it's how I’ve led my life.
For example, I currently write about a wide range of topics in my blog Critical Thought, as a Contributing Author covering breaking peer-reviewed research at Phys.org and Medical Xpress, and over the years for a host of publications that have included Nature, Science, New Scientist, Scientific American, Nature Biotechnology, IEEE Spectrum, Photonics Spectra, ChemicalWeek, Electronics, Electronic Engineering Times, Financial Times, Economist, International Herald Tribune, 01 Informatique, Japan Times, Columbia University 21stC, PC AI, Managing Automation, InfoWorld, Central Office, and Asian Venture Capital Journal.
All of this came together in 2011, when I was interviewed on a cable television show - and I thought, I could do this! andCritical Thought | TV was born.
I'm from New York City and currently reside here. Over the years I've lived in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and many other places, not just in the US but also in Japan and several countries in Europe. I have much to be proud of: My late father was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, and my daughter’s an internationally-recognized art historian, critic and writer. I like to go birding, love movies (especially good sci-fi, independent films and French cinema), and take great pleasure in minimalist design. Perhaps most importantly, I firmly believe that human value is not determined by monetary wealth, and that all who can must make a positive difference.
Pleased to meet you.