Time for another week of #NeuroThursday! Maps in the brain, and how they lead us to the conclusion “the brain is enslaved to the body.”
I’m thrilled to announce that I’m going to have a speaking slot at the SFWA Nebula Conference in June! My talk “Understanding Neuroscience: The Evolved Brain” will take place on Sunday at 10am for anyone with enough fortitude to shake off their hangover and come here me talk about neuroscience, and how we can improve our understanding and portrayal of the human brain in fiction.
I haven’t yet developed the talk, so if you have any questions or issues too complex for #NeuroThursday, let me know! Or ask me over a beer1 afterward.
I hope to see some of you there! I’ll only be at the Nebula conference Sat-Sun (arriving late Friday night) due to the travails of work, but so it goes.
Event Horizon 2017, the anthology of stories from this year’s Campbell Award-eligible authors, is now also available in print until July 15! This is another chance to read works by this year’s up-and-coming new writers of science fiction and fantasy. Moreover, this may be the first opportunity to find my words on actual physical paper, rather than web or ebook!
This week’s NeuroThursday neuroscience explainer: Hand Dominance! Just how dominant is it, anyways? (Less than you think.)
For NeuroThursday this week I fulfilled a promise from last time: explaining the variability of the brain, and what it means for a single neuron to have countless functions!
The Event Horizon anthology has come out today, and is free for all to download until July 15!
This is the latest in a long line of Campbellian Anthologies, containing the works of over 75 people eligible for this year’s John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Everyone in here published their first professional piece of science fiction or fantasy in 2015 or 2016. I’m eligible myself, so you’ll find one of my stories in the anthology – though if you follow my blog, you’ve probably read the story already!
The award is selected by members of this year’s World Science Fiction Convention, with the finalists decided this week, and the winners in a few months. But anyone can read and enjoy nearly 400,000 words by this year’s most promising new writers!
This week’s NeuroThursday goes into one of my personal favorite (hated?) hobgoblins of well-popularized neuroscience: mirror neurons. What are they, what’s the myth, and what’s the controversy?
NeuroThursday rides again with the most pervasive myth of brain lateralization: can you be a “left brained” or “right brained” person?
#NeuroThursday returns with the first in a sporadic-but-ongoing discussion of the curiosities of handedness. We begin by asking: is handedness genetic or learned?
I’m thrilled to announce the sale of another reprint. My neo-Lovecraftian dark fantasy “Sweeter than Lead,” originally a PodCastle original, will be appearing in a future issue of Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores! Most exciting of all, they plan to publish it with an illustration. This is my first time one of my stories will get artwork, and I can’t wait to see what emerges. I’ll make sure to let you all know when it does!