Hi Reddit. I'm Seth Horowitz, neuroscientist, author of "The Universal Sense: How Hearing Shapes the Mind," sound designer, science consultant for TV & film, 3D printing (for science!) afficinado. AMA!
Hi all. I'm a neuroscientist who works on how we build the world from our senses (although mostly auditory and vestibular in humans). I've worked with bats, frogs, dolphins, rodents, primates, and the occasional human. I've been a musician, dolphin trainer, sound designer, producer and most recently, science consultant for films including an upcoming 3D IMAX film on sound (http://www.justlistenproject.com/) as well as consulting for David S. Goyer, Natalie Chaidez and Gale Anne Hurd for upcoming projects involving sound and alien design. I wrote "The Universal Sense: How Hearing Shapes the Mind" which tries to tie together all the ways sound affects us in our lives. (I also love 3D printing and have been using it to bring space education to the blind).
And since I am a redditor (different screen name) who knows how irritating it is when only a few questions get answered, I'll do my best to keep answering as long as questions come in. Go ahead - AMA.
P.S. Crap - I always misspell aficionado. <-- Except this time.
6:17 PM Folks I'm going to take a dinner break, but I'll come back and answer any other questions that show up. Be back soon.
7:55 - back and I'll keep answering monitoring and answering questions as long as they are coming.
9:21 - okay folks, I'm fried, my cat is clawing my leg and my wife just told me the 3D printer is "sounding funny" so I am going to call it a night for tonight, but I will check back in the morning and promise to respond to any other questions and to the PMs I've gotten. Thank you all - this was too much fun. See you tomorrow.
9:56 AM - caffeinated and as promised I'm back and will try and answer anything that came in during the 'stralian shift..
3:25 PM - okay I have to get back to work on my next book proposal and some sound design, but thank you all. This has been great. I will check in periodically over the next few days and try and catch any questions (and PMs) I missed. And if you want to check out one of the projects I'm currently working on (very alpha version) for using structured sound to deal with stress and attentional issues, you can go here: http://auraltherapy.com/. (I apologize for the facebook login issue - I'm not doing the coding, just designing algorithms, and that was the first way the programmers tried to get it up and running).