Daniel J. Levitin, Ph.D. is a cognitive neuroscientist and Founding Dean of Arts & Humanities at the Minerva Schools at KGI in San Francisco. His latest book is Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post Truth Era (Dutton).


Licensing is a sound way to ensure that we don't get taken advantage of by the unscrupulous or the unqualified—and the government should ensure it.


Thanks to science, law, education, and freedom of the press, citizens in the U.S. live in an age of wonder relative to the rest of human history. Now, they want to throw that all out.

In a new feature, nonfiction authors tell The Daily Beast about the most surprising factoid unearthed by their research. This week, Daniel J. Levitin on the link between sex and singing, as described in his new book, The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature.