Author Archives: Richard Cytowic

Young Leonardo: The Evolution of a Revolutionary Artist, 1472–1499

A corrective look at Leonardo’s first 27 professional years when he was snubbed, struggled, and departed Florence thwarted and penniless. Continue reading

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How Music Works

Byrne touches on a broad array of forces that influence and shape the musical experience—from how it is created, performed, recorded, and distributed to more personally meaningful aspects . . . Continue reading

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Why Brains Won’t Be Beaten by Supercomputers, or Terminators

Are we engineering our way to extinction? Should we fear machines taking over, or can we solve our way out of this puzzle? Continue reading

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Keynote at the COLORI exhibit in Turin

In January, I gave the keynote lecture opening “The Color of Emotion in Art,” or COLORI, at Turin’s Civic Gallery of Modern Art, GAM, and Castello di Rivoli museum. Continue reading

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The Shadow Doctor

We are only charged with loving people. The rest is not our responsibility. I would rather work with a fountain pen than be supplied with a nice, safe crayon in an institution. Continue reading

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Is Organic Food a Scam?

Eggs all in one basket? Organic food isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Continue reading

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Heart of the Machine: Our Future in a World of Artificial Emotional Intelligence

The future projected by the futurist Yonck sounds too much like the world of the Jetsons. Which begs the question: Why are futurists so often wrong, and why do we listen to them given their poor track record? Continue reading

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Why Carl Sagan’s 1995 Prediction Seems So Prescient

Optimism bias is an evolutionary survival tactic. Continue reading

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Another Limitless Pill Hits the Market. Does It Deliver?

Will brain-power in a bottle ever unlock your inner genius? Continue reading

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The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing

What might this be?” Such an innocuous question—such profound results. No psychological concept has penetrated culture as much as “the Inkblot test” has. Continue reading

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The Pit In Your Stomach is Actually Your Second Brain

Gut feelings influence your mood and well-being. Continue reading

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Behind Her Eyes: A Novel

An engaging suspense thriller despite its major gaffe in the ending’s twist. Novel in its concept and construction, this is one unsettling book. Continue reading

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Kill the Next One

“Move over Hitchcock, P. D. James, Ruth Rendell, and more. Here is a thriller to make others fade. Well-drawn characters, a devilish plot, and first-rate storytelling make this an emotional mystery that resonates and disturbs.” Continue reading

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Big Mistake: Small Kids Left to Their Own Devices

Relaxing rules for kids and screen tech is probably a mistake. Continue reading

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At Danceteria and Other Stories

“Walker’s stories intersect the tipping point when big city gay life went from carefree hedonism and glitzy self–indulgence to the moment when self–satisfied habitués of the demi–monde began to witness the wide scale decimation of their generation.” Continue reading

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