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Jim Davies


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1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6, Canada
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Jim Davies is a cognitive scientist and author of Imagination: The Science of Your Mind's Greatest Power, and Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One With the Universe. He co-hosts, with Dr. Kim Hellemans, the award-winning Minding the Brain podcast, which explores cognitive and brain sciences.

He is a full professor at Carleton University's Department of Cognitive Science, and the School of Computer Science. He is director of the Science of Imagination Laboratory, and has won awards for his podcasting, teaching and research.

Dr. Davies is a four-time TEDx speaker. If you would like to invite him to give a talk, please see the list of talks.

The CV has hyperlinks to publications.

He writes a serialized fiction fantasy story for Altered Reality magazine, and is a game designer. Jim's sister JD Spero is also a novelist.

Dr. Davies is an effective altruist, and a member of the Cognitive Science Society, The Science Writers and Communicators of Canada, the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion, The International Association for Empirical Aesthetics, the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education, the Virtual World Society, the speculative fiction writing group Lyngarde, The Calligraphy Society of Ottawa, the Independent Game Developer's Network, and is honored to be a lifetime member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.


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