Prof. Thomas Hills – evolution of cognition (#113)

Thomas Hills suffered from a minor head injury as a child that led to a mild case of retrograde amnesia.  He's pretty sure he never actually woke up from that.  This returned when he took mefloquine while in Ghana, with its fantastical and often violently lucid dreams. While a PhD student in biology studying how worms search, he continued his psychonautic explorations, looking for the trapdoor in his mind. He floated from Texas to Indiana to Switzerland to the UK. He eventually wound up as a Professor of Psychology, studying mental search and still waiting to wake up. 

Prof David Novick – human-computer interaction (#88)

David Novick earned his JD from Harvard Law School and his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Oregon. He joined the University of Texas at El Paso in 1999. His research interests center on human-computer interaction, with current emphasis on embodied conversational agents in virtual reality, color illusions, and engineering education. Along the way, David performed as a nightclub magician and mentalist, and taught skiing as a member of the PSIA. His current outside interest is coaching and performing improv comedy.

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