ERIK VANCE is a science writer based in California and Mexico City. He graduated with honors from Principia College in Illinois in 1999 with a degree in biology. After working on a number of research projects dealing with dolphin intelligence and coastal ecology, he became an environmental educator and then an environmental consultant. But it wasn't until enrolling in UC Santa Cruz's science communication program that he discovered his true passion for journalism. There he learned that only through compelling characters can stories touch and inspire us. As such, he has molded his career around science-based profiles of inspiring, dedicated, or controversial figures in society. His work has appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nature, the New York Times, The Utne Reader, Discoveramagazine, and The Christian Science Monitor. He is currently under contract with Harper's Magazine and National Geographic.
"An eye-opening exploration of the intersection between philosophy and science and a fascinating peek into our innermost selves." --Kirkus Reviews "Science journalist Vance takes an inspired journey into the profound and often unnoticed powers of our brains." --Publishers Weekly