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I write. Mostly non-fiction, most often about sciences that try to explain why people act the way they do.


For the past few years I've written about how people relate to algorithms and machines. In earlier years I wrote often about how people's identities drive their feelings and actions.

For instance I'm the author of Us and Them: The Science of Identity, about why people are so wrapped up in identities like race, nation, religion and others.


 I've taught science writing at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, and at the American Museum of Natural History. I've receive fellowships from Yaddo and the American University of Paris.

I've also worked as an editor at venues from The Sciences magazine to the New York Post.  I live in Brooklyn with my wife and son and cats. 
Photo by Hector Berreby