A few relevant facts about me
(MATTHEW HUTSON). I have a B.S. in cognitive neuroscience from Brown University and an M.S. in science writing from MIT. In between, I spent two years managing a neuroimaging lab at MIT, and afterward I spent six months at Fermilab and two years at Sally Ride Science. I’ve written for NewsweekWiredThe AtlanticThe New York Times Magazine, Discover, Scientific American Mind, Popular Mechanics, Technology Review, New,, AeonNautilusAl Jazeera AmericaThe Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and Psychology Today, where I was the News Editor for four years. In high school I was voted most philosophical and best hair. I live in New York City, where I am an atheist and an occasional magical thinker.

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Media Appearances

4/20/15 – BBC Radio 4’s Digital Human. I discuss Arthur C. Clarke’s Third Law.

10/12/14 – CBS News Sunday Morning. I discuss coincidences with Susan Spencer.

7/27/14 – NTN24 & Telemundo’s Efecto Naim (21 countries). I discuss politics and superstition.

10/31/13 – CBC’s Superstitious Minds (Canada), a documentary about superstition.

10/31/13 – 3sat’s Scobel (Germany). I discuss superstition. Clips here and here.

6/7/13 – Globo TV’s Globo Repórter (Brazil). I discuss superstition with Elaine Bast.

10/26/12 – ABC’s 20/20. I discuss “the sixth sense” with Elizabeth Vargas.

11/11/2011 – CNN Newsource. I comment on 11/11/11 superstitions.

12/31/2009 – NPR’s Talk of the Nation. I discuss New Year superstitions with Neal Conan.

10/30/2008 – NPR’s Talk of the Nation. I discuss election superstitions with Neal Conan.

Numerous radio and podcast interviews about my book.

Print and Web interviews listed here.