I am John Horgan, a science writer obsessed with quantum mechanics, the mind-body problem and the mystery of who we are. AMA.
Both as a science writer and a human being, I’m obsessed with the mystery at the heart of things, the mind-body problem. In a narrow, technical sense, the mind-problem asks how brains make minds, but it really poses a deeper question: What are we? Are we matter? Genes and neurons? Computer programs? Souls? All my books, from The End of Science to Pay Attention, grapple with the mind-body problem. Since the beginning of the pandemic, I’ve been studying quantum mechanics, which is related to the mind-body problem. I've written a bunch of columns for Scientific American on quantum mechanics over the last 16 months, and I'm writing a book about it now. I'd love to talk to Redditers about the mind-body problem, quantum mechanics and related topics. I’d also be happy to talk about why I’m an optimist, at least on good days. Here are relevant links: My AMA proof: https://twitter.com/progressntwrk/status/1446490818995494945 Mind-Body Problems, free online book: https://www.mindbodyproblems.com Mind-Body Problems, talk show: https://meaningoflife.tv/programs/current/mind-body-problems Recent Scientific American column: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-god-quantum-mechanics-and-consciousness-have-in-common/ Twitter handle: @Horganism Profile on the Progress Network: https://theprogressnetwork.org/network/john-horgan/