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I am a writer with a focus on cognitive psychology (mainly judgment and decision-making and well-being) and philosophy (mainly epistemology). I’ve written for Scientific American, Scientific American Mind, and BBC Focus but I am not a “freelancer” or “science writer”. I prefer writing about what I enjoy instead of trying to convince editors that what I enjoy is what their readers should enjoy. 

I’ve interviewed a number cognitive scientists and writers including Paul Bloom, George Lakoff, Jonathan Haidt, Gary Marcus, Sam Sommers, Adam Alter, Siri Hustvedt and Jonah Lehrer. My intellectual home is “Moments of Genius,” a blog hosted by You can find out more about my professional career on my Linkedin page

Want to get in touch?

Email me at SamMcNerney [at] gmail [dot] com for…

  • • General questions
  • • Speaking/Panels
  • • To debate