Much of our brain is dedicated to our complex social lives. Getting old and older with the 70th Birthday milestone already in the distant past, Chris and I are becoming only more intrigued with our social abilities and disabilities. We have both studied conditions, which are marked by deep social failure. Uta has studied autism over a lifetime and Chris has studied schizophrenia for just as long. We have gained insights that have given us the impetus to look for a biological basis of social interactions. And we first wrote about this in 1999. There were some more papers since then, which we will reflect on in our posts. Eventually there will be a book called “What makes us social”. We hope to give updates on THE BOOK pages.
We are very excited to be part of a team that is producing a graphic non-fiction work, called “Two Heads”. The project is directed by our son Alex Frith. We worked with him before on one of his science books for children, See Inside your Head. The artist is Daniel Locke. More details about this work can be found on the 2Heads pages.
We are also continuing to write posts about things that catch our interest and some of the posts are contributed by friends and colleagues.
The firsts posts were written between February and June 2014, when we were in Budapest, Uta as a Fellow of the CEU Institute for Advanced Study, and Chris as Visiting Professor at the CEU Department of Cognitive Science. Since then there have been irregular posts on a range of topics from Markov blankets to Diversity, and some personal reminiscences. We have added a page for more personal reminiscences, our life and work.
The portrait was painted by Emma Wesley in 2007. The picture has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery and in the Royal Society. If you are wondering about the objects in the painting, they are all carefully selected by Emma to tell about our interests and passions and our life together.