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.
Science
The Fight for CRISPR Is a Battle in the War for Modern Science
Jonathon Keeney
A court case about gene-editing technology miniaturizes a larger debate about the future of science.
Science
The Urban Intelligence Test: Do You Want To Hang Out or Stay Home Alone?
Jonathon Keeney
Outliers are on their own statistically and, well, actually.
Science
Neanderthals Went Extinct Because They Were Smart, Sad, and Alone -- Just Like You
Jonathon Keeney
They had bigger brains than us, but a lack of social skills, ennui, and an ice age doomed our genetic cousins.
Science
You Can Hack the Biology of Motivation, but You Might Not Like What You Find
Jonathon Keeney
A pill to boost motivation would have a profound impact on our society as a whole.
Innovation
One Day We'll Upload Our Minds to the Cloud. But Can We Ever Download Our True Self?
Jonathon Keeney
The ability to upgrade or rebuild a body will force us to grapple with the biggest questions we've ever faced.
Culture
Graphene May Hold the Key to Connecting Our Brains to Machines
Jonathon Keeney
With huge benefits for neural prostheses, learning, and Parkinson's.
Science
New Fossil Evidence Points to a Geological Reason Humans and Chimps Split
Jonathon Keeney
Pushing back this evolutionary milestone reveals lots about the primate family tree.
Science
The Fight for CRISPR Is Exposing the Dark Side of the Business of Science
Jonathon Keeney
Firestorms over a potential gene-editing fortune point to problems with the way we explore the natural world.
Mind and Body
The Placebo Effect Is Strongest in the Land of Magical Thinking: America
Jonathon Keeney
Why is the U.S. leading the world in spontaneously feeling better?
Entertainment
Your Experience of Time May Be Backwards From the Rest of the Universe
Jonathon Keeney
As living things, our concept of time moving "forward" is fundamentally biased.
Science
The Genetic Key to Human Intelligence May Lie in a Fragment Called DUF1220
Jonathon Keeney
The mystery of primate brain expansion may come down to a gene that humans already have in abundance.
Science
Light in the Attic: How Optogenetics Make Transhuman Brain Hacking Possible
Jonathon Keeney
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.
Science
To Beat Death and Become Immortals, We First Must Defeat Entropy
Jonathon Keeney
If we hope to tackle immortality, we'll need to start from scratch and investigate whether it's even thermodynamically possible.
Gaming
Think Telepathy Is Surreal? Check Out Brain-to-Brain Communication in Action
Jonathon Keeney
Texting is so 2010s. The future of talking is mostly thinking.
Entertainment
Human Knowledge Is the Creation of New Information and Brave New Worlds
Jonathon Keeney
We treat "information" as an abstraction even though it's precisely the opposite. It is what shapes us and our private worlds.
Science
Human Intelligence Evolved Uniquely Thanks to Our Skulls' Shape, Not Size
Jonathon Keeney
Globularization is what separates us from apes -- and from just about every other organism on Earth.
Science
CRISPR's Potential to Curate DNA Will Radically Alter Human Evolution
Jonathon Keeney
Genome editing technology will let us mix and modify genes -- and to pass down the results.
Culture
Immersive Telepathy and the Future of Technology-Enabled Mind Reading
Jonathon Keeney
Thoughts are contextual so sharing them will require nothing less than full access.