Josh Berson is a social scientist and artist with a background in computer science, linguistics, history, anthropology, and design. He is visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences. From 2014 to 2016 Josh led the computational social science strand of Hubbub, a Wellcome-funded research initiative with a mandate to explore emerging practices surrounding rest and busyness. His 2015 book “Computable Bodies” was the first book-length investigation of the increasingly widespread strategies of self-experimentation identified with movements such as the Quantified Self, polyphasic sleeping, and Paleolithic nutrition. His forthcoming book “Meat: From Human Origins to the Crisis of Capitalism” looks at human meat-eating in its entirety with an eye toward making sense of one of the signal environmental and political challenges of the coming generation. His new work focuses on the changing nature of our acoustic world and its implications for well-being.
As of June 2017