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New Book Deal!

New Book Deal!

I’m thrilled to announce that my next book will come out with Simon & Schuster! In another of life’s lessons that truth is stranger that fiction, I’ll be telling the remarkable story of a monkey’s head, the Pope’s neuroscientist, and an international quest to transplant the soul. There’s a two headed dog, too, just for good measure.

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A little Frankenstein for your October…

A little Frankenstein for your October…

Perhaps you were just thinking to yourself, I wish there was some way I could hear more weird science… Something slightly ooky and kooky perhaps? Maybe some disembodied heads and missing brains? Well, have I got a deal for you. How about some #Frankenstein as we approach #Halloween? Join us at @hiramcollege on Tuesday Oct 16th at 7!

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Appearing at Fibonacci Foundation STEAM Conference

Appearing at Fibonacci Foundation STEAM Conference

“I jokingly tell people that I’m an adventurer of the intersection …I just can’t seem to stay in one field for some reason.” Many thanks to the Fibonacci Foundation STEAM Conference for inviting me to be a keynote, and to the Utica Observer Dispatch for carrying a story on my presentation (and my favorite book, Moby Dick)

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Forensics, Crime, and Charming Disaster

Forensics, Crime, and Charming Disaster

Did you miss the April 20th event? A quick summary of the fun and the madness: Let's be frank. When it comes to goth and crime and forensics, I'm always ready to talk. This time, however, I teamed up with the Brooklyn-based folk-noir duo Charming Disaster for a unique...

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Medical Humanities and Social Justice

Medical Humanities and Social Justice

I want to invite your attention to the inaugural issue of Dósis, an online blog and magazine dedicated to exploring the intersection of medical humanities and social justice. The web-only publication offers three issues annually featuring essays, commentary, and...

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Spooky Action

Spooky Action

Where does all this “spooky” business come from? It sounds father Gothic, but it hails from a famous debate between Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr. Bohr’s theory–which I am not remotely qualified to explain, though I will try–suggested that: 1) two particles could become interrelated or entangled and 2) after which, they could interact even at astronomical distances, without any visible connection. (Bear with me, I’m going somewhere with this.)

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Kindergarten Blues, or “I don’t live in a greenhouse”

Kindergarten Blues, or “I don’t live in a greenhouse”

I was, perhaps, an odd sort of child. I was not terribly well socialized for one thing, unless you consider sitting on the back of another toddler in the sand box and beating her with a spoon a kind of business networking. I also bit a child’s finger when she stuck it through the fence of my yard (that will teach you). Not surprisingly, I am the only person I’ve ever met who was kicked out of pre-school and asked not to return. Don’t get the wrong idea, though. I was less raving monster and more Wednesday Addams. And one of the best examples of this comes from my first day of kindergarten.

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A Horror of Nothing

A Horror of Nothing

How dismal it is to have nothing to do–nothing to wish for–or, as Dr. Johnson put it in Rassalas, nothing to desire. It is a far worse fate than oceans of dread, tides of embarrassment, fits of rage, years of longing. For all of these have an object, something out in front of (or dreadfully behind) the fearful, fretting human soul.

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HuffPo: Troubling the Future

HuffPo: Troubling the Future

TROUBLING THE FUTURE: the Remaking of Nikola Tesla: There are two great myths about Nikola Tesla. The first is that his greatest rival was Thomas Edison. But the second is perhaps even more intriguing. Read more at the HuffPo!

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