Roger Bingham

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Roger Bingham
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Born Blackpool, U.K.
Residence La Jolla, California
Fields Neuroscience and Society; Science of Educating; Communication of Science
Alma mater University College, London [1][2]
Known for Co-founder and director of The Science Network (TSN), Creator and Host of television series The Human Quest, Co-author of The Origin of Minds: Evolution, Uniqueness, and the New Science of the Self and Co-author of science-based novel Wild Card
Notable awards National Magazine Award, American Psychological Association Award, Writers Guild of America Award, 7 Los Angeles Emmy Awards

Roger Bingham is a public intellectual, science educator, author and television host based in La Jolla, California. He is co-founder and director of The Science Network (TSN), a virtual forum dedicated to science and its impact on society. TSN currently offers free access to over 1100 videos. Bingham is also the creator of the celebrated Beyond Belief conferences.

Bingham developed the Science and Society Unit at the Los Angeles PBS station, KCET.[3] There, he wrote, produced and presented the Frontiers of the Mind series, which included "The Addicted Brain", "The Sexual Brain", "The Time of Our Lives", and "Inside Information",[4] programs which have been broadcast in multiple countries and languages. Bingham also co-wrote and hosted the PBS television series The Human Quest (1996). Philip Hefner wrote in The Christian Century that "it provides a benchmark of the minimal scientific knowledge all informed persons should possess (...) Bingham and his PBS series represent the best and brightest of Western scientific intelligence today."[5] The Human Quest episode The Nature Of Human Nature won a Writers Guild of America Award.[6][7] He has co-authored the international best-selling novel, Wild Card (1974) and The Origin of Minds: Evolution, Uniqueness, and the New Science of the Self (Harmony, 2002).

From 1995-96, Bingham was a Visiting Associate at Caltech in the laboratory of evolutionary neuroscientist, John Allman and a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Evolutionary Psychology, UC Santa Barbara (co-directed by John Tooby and Leda Cosmides). Bingham and Peggy La Cerra presented an alternative to the model of evolutionary psychology, first in a paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America[8], then in The Origin of Minds: Evolution, Uniqueness, and the New Science of the Self. This model was based on the concept of adaptive representational networks (ARN). According to this theory, these networks encode the history of an individual's behavioral successes and failures in relationship to the energy costs of any particular behavior. Hence, memory becomes an accounting mechanism for computing the energy costs of behavior.[9] La Cerra and Bingham called this model "Theoretical Evolutionary Neuroscience".[8]

After the publication of The Origin of Minds, Bingham turned his attention to developing a platform for science education and communication. In 2003, with Terry Sejnowski, he initiated the project that became known as The Science Network.[10] The launch of the The Science Network was a landmark Symposium and Town Hall meeting, Stem cells: science, ethics and politics at the crossroads, held at the Salk Institute in 2004.[11][12] Roger Bingham serves as the director of the The Science Network.

Bingham is currently an affiliate of the Computational Neurobiology Laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and the Institute for Neural Computation at UC San Diego.[3] Bingham is also a member of the Director's Council, UC San Diego Center for Brain Activity Mapping (C-BAM) and an Executive Committee member of the UCSD Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center (TDLC).

He is a member of the Board of Advisers of Scientific American.[13]

Bibliography[edit]

  • The Origin of Minds: Evolution, Uniqueness, and the New Science of the Self (2002) Peggy La Cerra and Roger Bingham
  • Wild Card (1974) Raymond Hawkey and Roger Bingham

Awards[edit]

  • Writers Guild of America Award in Documentary, Current Events, The Human Quest: The Nature Of Human Nature, 1996, with Carl Byker [6][7]
  • American Psychological Association Award for Excellence in Television, Inside Information: The Brain and How It Works, 1992, with John Rubin [14]
  • National Magazine Award in Public Interest, Technology for Peace: The Politics of Mistrust, Science, 1986 [15]
  • Los Angeles Emmy Award for Information Segment, Shake, Rattle & Roll (KCET 1992) -- Roger Bingham, Executive Producer
  • Los Angeles Emmy Award for Health and Science/Environment, Inside Information (KCET 1990) -- Roger Bingham, Executive Producer
  • Los Angeles Emmy Award for Informational Series (Remote); Science & Society (KCET 1990) - Roger Bingham, Producer/Executive Producer
  • Los Angeles Emmy Award for Special Class-Program Area; Take Five: Science & Society (KCET 1990) - Roger Bingham, Executive Producer
  • Los Angeles Emmy Award for Information Segments; Elementary Energy - Take Five: Science & Society (KCET 1990) - Roger Bingham, Executive Producer
  • Los Angeles Emmy Award for Health & Science/Environment (Special); The Time of Our Lives (KCET 1989) - Roger Bingham, Producer/Executive Producer
  • Los Angeles Emmy Award for Special Class - Program Area; Take Five Science Series (KCET 1989) - Roger Bingham, Executive Producer

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Caltech Campus Catalog,1996
  2. ^ Memories of 68
  3. ^ a b Biomarine: Roger Bingham [1]
  4. ^ Holdings: Frontiers of the Mind [2]
  5. ^ Stories Science Tells: Defining the Human Quest by Philip Hefner, The Christian Century [3]
  6. ^ a b IMDB Awards Roger Bingham [4]
  7. ^ a b Writers Guild Awards [5]
  8. ^ a b The adaptive nature of the human neurocognitive architecture: An alternative model, PNAS [6]
  9. ^ Human Nature Review, 2000, Vol 3, 440-447
  10. ^ Wired: Are You Ready for Some Science? [7]
  11. ^ Stem Cells: Science, Ethics and Politics at the Crossroads [8]
  12. ^ Inside Salk 11 04[9]
  13. '^ Scientific Americans Board of Advisers
  14. ^ Proceedings of the American Psychological Association, Incorporated, for the year 1991 [10]
  15. ^ National Magazine Award Searchable Database [11]