Jonathon Keeney

Jonathon Keeney is the Director of Complex Visualization at Quandary Medical in Denver. He holds a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Colorado. His background is cross disciplinary, focusing on both neuroscience and genomics. He enjoys hoppy beer, family game night, and wondering how people go from cells and molecules to thoughts and emotions.


The Fight for CRISPR Is a Battle in the War for Modern Science

A court case about gene-editing technology miniaturizes a larger debate about the future of science.


The Urban Intelligence Test: Do You Want To Hang Out or Stay Home Alone?

Outliers are on their own statistically and, well, actually.


Neanderthals Went Extinct Because They Were Smart, Sad, and Alone -- Just Like You

They had bigger brains than us, but a lack of social skills, ennui, and an ice age doomed our genetic cousins.


You Can Hack the Biology of Motivation, but You Might Not Like What You Find

A pill to boost motivation would have a profound impact on our society as a whole.


One Day We'll Upload Our Minds to the Cloud. But Can We Ever Download Our True Self?

The ability to upgrade or rebuild a body will force us to grapple with the biggest questions we've ever faced.


Graphene May Hold the Key to Connecting Our Brains to Machines

With huge benefits for neural prostheses, learning, and Parkinson's.


New Fossil Evidence Points to a Geological Reason Humans and Chimps Split

Pushing back this evolutionary milestone reveals lots about the primate family tree.


The Fight for CRISPR Is Exposing the Dark Side of the Business of Science

Firestorms over a potential gene-editing fortune point to problems with the way we explore the natural world.


The Placebo Effect Is Strongest in the Land of Magical Thinking: America

Why is the U.S. leading the world in spontaneously feeling better?


Your Experience of Time May Be Backwards From the Rest of the Universe

As living things, our concept of time moving "forward" is fundamentally biased.


The Genetic Key to Human Intelligence May Lie in a Fragment Called DUF1220

The mystery of primate brain expansion may come down to a gene that humans already have in abundance.


Light in the Attic: How Optogenetics Make Transhuman Brain Hacking Possible

We can engineer cells to emit light and react to it, which means we can likely do a whole lot of other stuff as well.


To Beat Death and Become Immortals, We First Must Defeat Entropy

If we hope to tackle immortality, we'll need to start from scratch and investigate whether it's even thermodynamically possible.


Think Telepathy Is Surreal? Check Out Brain-to-Brain Communication in Action

Texting is so 2010s. The future of talking is mostly thinking.


Human Knowledge Is the Creation of New Information and Brave New Worlds

We treat "information" as an abstraction even though it's precisely the opposite. It is what shapes us and our private worlds.


Human Intelligence Evolved Uniquely Thanks to Our Skulls' Shape, Not Size

Globularization is what separates us from apes -- and from just about every other organism on Earth.


CRISPR's Potential to Curate DNA Will Radically Alter Human Evolution

Genome editing technology will let us mix and modify genes -- and to pass down the results.


Immersive Telepathy and the Future of Technology-Enabled Mind Reading

Thoughts are contextual so sharing them will require nothing less than full access.