Top Academic Reddit IAmA's The latest Academic IAmA's collected from Reddit AcademicI am Dr Evan Pickett and IamA herpetologist - AMA! I am Benjamin from Turret Psychoanalytics. I am responsible for the development and deployment of our new Artificial Intelligence that can predict human behavior using social media. We are launching it as a marketing product at CeBIT in a few days. I would love to have a conversation with reddit about the advancements we have made in sentient Artificial Intelligence and its potential implications on society.

Answers to some basic questions: I am 20 years old. My background is mostly in psychology. My title is Chief Data and Information Officer. Our website is .


Sat, 18 Mar 2017 0:00:00 EDT
AcademicI am Tyler Cowen, blogger at Marginal Revolution, George Mason Economics Professor, and author of "The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream." Ask Me Anything! Using a throwaway for obvious reasons...I worked professionally as a flight attendant for a major airline and travelled all around the world. I've got plenty of stories to share so ask away!


Mon, 06 Mar 2017 0:00:00 EDT
AcademicHi, I'm Tim Wu, media guru and father of net neutrality, and author of The Attention Merchants. Ask me anything, Reddit! CATFIGHT is a brutally hilarious story about two bitter rivals pursuing a grudge match that spans a lifetime. Struggling outsider artist Ashley Miller (Anne Heche) and wealthy housewife Veronica Salt (Sandra Oh) were close in college, but have not seen each other since. When they find themselves attending the same glitzy birthday party, verbal barbs lead to fisticuffs and an all-out brawl that will keep these two locked in combat for years to come.

You can watch the trailer here:


EDIT: Thank you so much for tuning in!!

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 0:00:00 EDT
AcademicIamA Economist Brad DeLong AMA! A clip from "Alive Inside" of Old Man in Nursing Home Reacts to Hearing Music from his Era first went viral on Reddit!

"Brian's Songs" is a story of Love, Friendship, Music and ALS

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Fri, 27 Jan 2017 0:00:00 EDT
AcademicHi! I am bat researcher. I am heading to the bat cave in search of pregnant vampires for my study on vampire evolution! AMA! Hi Reddit!

I am one of a handful of scientists studying bat development. I am in the field of evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo). I am earning my PhD and I am trying to finish up my thesis so I can graduate and start my very own BAT LAB!!! To this end, I am currently running a crowdfunding campaign (ends Feb. 9th) for my vampire bat project (and I've already received 19% in funding, yay!). If interested in having an impact on research, please go to my page for more information on suggested donations: -->

About my bat research project: In my lab, I study bat faces, how they evolve and how they develop. I specialize in neotropical leaf-nosed bats, which have a bizarre form of echolocation! They produce their echolocation calls out of their nose! What is really cool about the leaf-nosed bats, is that they have specialized to eat many different food types: insects, meat, fruit, pollen, nectar and EVEN BLOOD! Blood feeding in vampire bats is an amazing evolutionary novelty, no other vertebrate feeds exclusively on blood. Vampires have many unique adaptations for blood feeding and without a host, they will die, there is no alternative food source for a vampire. My question I seek to answer is: How do vampire faces originate? I use the development of the vampire face to directly observe what genes and developmental processes shape the face!

I look forward to any and all batty related questions or comments <*>

My Proof:

What is this about crowdfunding experiments? is a crowdfunding platform for research. The proposed project I have is to make a reference transcriptome for one species of bat, the common vampire bat. The idea for the crowdfunding is to generate funds for an experiment. As a grad student, there are alternative ways to get grant funding, but the more options you can have to generate for funds, the better! The crowdfunding sell, I guess, is to involve more people with your research. From the webpage "Scientists share progress, data, and results directly with backers, many widely available as open access and citeable. As a backer, you'll be able to see how much of a scientific impact you've made."

The majority of my research is funded by my own funding, through the NSF-DDIG and small grants here and there. Since I am still in the process of publishing my prior bat work with my advisor, we have not landed a big grant for bat only research, it will happen eventually fingers crossed.

Why I need your help:

I don't have many people to turn to for this type of crowdfunding.

My project is part of the "Evolution Challenge Grant", so the project with the most pledges is awarded the grant! I need help with this! I have 15 backers and the competition ends Jan. 25! The current person is leading with 21 backers.

Please help me to raise funds for my bat lab research on vampire bats. Even if you do not directly contribute, it would be so helpful to share my project with your family, friends, and teachers back home who may be interested in directly contributing to a research project. I need all the help I can get. Thank you for taking the time to read through this and I hope you can follow me on my twitter account (@batevodevo) for bat field updates!!!

About me

I am Chicana in my department (evolutionary biology). I proudly marched for "SCIENCE IS THE FUTURE" in the Boston's Women's March, but really I want to see a more inclusive SCIENCE community. We will get there.

I grew up impoverished (Salinas, CA (93905 zip)), so my family and teachers back home struggle. My community has to deal with shootings and other gang activities, so while my family and past teachers have been helping to spread the word on my project, there isn't much urgency to support science.

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 0:00:00 EDT
AcademicIamA Author, Viking expert, and speaker at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds AMA! C.J. Adrien is a French-American author with a passion for Viking history. His Kindred of the Sea series was inspired by research conducted in preparation for a doctoral program in early medieval history as well as his admiration for historical fiction writers such as Bernard Cornwell and Ken Follett. He has most recently been invited to speak at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds this summer.


Thanks to everyone who participated and asked questions. If you'd like to read more about the Vikings, check out my blog. This was my first Reddit experience, and I had a great time! That's it for me, Skal!

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I received a phone call telling me this thread was getting a lot of questions, still. I am back for another hour to answer your questions. Start time 11:35am PST to 12:30pm PST.

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Ok folks, I did my best to get to all of you. This was a blast! But, alas, I must sign off. I will have to do one of these again sometime. Signing off (1:20pm PST). Thank you all for a great time!

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 0:00:00 EDT
AcademicIamA educator who teaches life skills and money management to abandoned and abused refugee children in the Middle East AMA! Hello again Reddit! The last AMA was a truly incredible experience (you even crashed my website!). Thank you all for the love and support. I hope you had as much fun as I did. I'm looking forward to getting to know more of you and answering more questions. You can see the first AMA here

A short list of my most favorite experiences are: *Being accepted to Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural school *Working with NASA to inform the public on the first unmanned space flights *Being Walter Cronkite's “Hal 9000” NASA connection during live broadcast of the first moon landing *Inventing the first real color monitor for Hewlett Packard *Writing my first book CoreFires - a labor of love 20 years in the making

I've worked on the following movies & shows: * Lead star ship designer for Star Wars - I drew the original designs for the X-Wing, A-Wing, Star Destroyer, TIE Fighter, & Rebel cruisers. I was also the one who designed and sculpted the Death Star and gave it it's trench * 2001, A Space Odyssey - I worked closely with Stanley Kubrick and persuaded him not to start the movie with a 20 minute conference table discussion * Buck Rogers in the 25th Century * Close Encounters of a Third Kind * War Games

I have a deep interest in science - especially quantum physics and space travel. I could not have picked a better time to have been born. So much has happened so quickly! Our dreams of space flight are maturing and I believe one day soon we’ll be exploring the next waiting wonders of our galaxy.

My latest project is a book series called CoreFires. It is free for today and anyone who leaves an Amazon review will be entered to win either a signed copy of the book or a signed print of my original Star Wars ship designs (your choice). 3 Winners will be chosen. Sign up here to enter

You can see my original Pre-Star Wars artwork here

A special thanks to for helping me self publish my book. I highly recommend them to any authors who want help getting self published.

I hope that's enough to get us started. AMA!

It has just come to my attention that Carrie Fisher passed away today after her heart attack several days ago. I'm sure you will join me in sending our sincerest condolences to her family and loved ones

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Sun, 25 Dec 2016 0:00:00 EDT
AcademicIamA Data Science Professor at the University of Michigan, let’s discuss ethics surrounding privacy, data sharing and algorithmic decision-making. AMA! Hello everyone!

I'm Patrick. For the last 10 years I've been going places and doing things, mostly by bicycle. It all started with a trip before university (which I should never attend, but I didnt knew that at the time), which kindled some love for the outdoors and adventure in me. I've since never stopped and accumulated a couple of interesting stories over the years.

After I finished school and did my military service, I did a 1-year backpacking trip round the world, then I started cycling, first in Europe, then through Africa to Capetown. I flew to India, walked barefoot for a month; hiked in Nepal to the Mt. Everest.

Then I did a 18 month tour through the Americas, starting in the south and cycling, hitchhiking and boating through every country in North- and South-America. I've seen the Easter Island, boated the Amazon river from Peru to the Brazilian coast, cycled through the jungle, hiked to the lost city in Colombia, before sailing to Panama and continued north till I hit Canada.

I've toured the Route 66, crossed the continental divide and survived even Detroit. :D

After that, I did a few more eccentric tours, like riding a road bike through the Sahara (Twice actually, once Egypt/sudan, once Mauretania/Morocco), or going through Russia in winter, cycling over the frozen lake Baikal. It was -45°c at night, which was a first even for me! I then reached China, had a look at Korea and Japan, climbed Mt.Fuji off season, before cycling the silk road back in summer, with a small detour into the Pamir mountains. With up to 50°c in Uzbekistan/Turkmenistan... damn, that poor bike had a lot to do that year.

This year I visited a couple of island states and other places by folding bike, even up to Darjeeling and Sikkim in the Himalayas; later on I solo-summited Mont Blanc, the highest mountain here in Europe.

In my down-time I love to play MtG, board games and video games. Currently the Gwent Beta... and I mod Dwarf Fortress, an awesome indie game with procedually generated stories. It's a bit hard to get into, but if you dare, have a look.

Now I'm preparing for next years trip. A bamboo bicycle tour through Westafrica. :) I'm working together with the YonsoProject for that tour, a Ghanian non-profit that helps education and developement in Westafrica. Among other things, they build Bamboo bikes, which are sold in Germany by MyBoo. Both MyBoo and Apidura helped me out with the gear for the trip; thanks guys for the bike and bags. :)

A couple of links:

  •, my website. Route and equipment info mostly. So far I've been to 141 countries... I really need to update that list. :D

  • My Facebook, with thousand of pictures, or if you like to follow me.

  • My Twitter, in case you like tiny updates from on the road.

My Proof: Expertly drawn Snoo, my bike and me.

More than anything else, I love helping people do similar tours and projects. Nothing is more rewarding than getting a message half a year later, telling me "I did this awesome thing, thanks to your help." Its the best. So, hit me with all the questions you got. I'm here to stay till they are all answered. :)

Cheers, Patrick

Edit: Thank you /u/somerandomwordss for the private message titled "Fuck you and your shitty nomadic way of life". It's always great getting positive feedback.

Edit: I'm heading out to a theater event nearby, which lasts about 5 hours. Do not worry, I'll be back and answer everything that came up in the mean time. :)

Edit: And I'm back. Lets continue :)

Edit: Its been 12h now. I'll take a break. I'm back tomorrow, read through the thread and answer the most thoughtful questions, and everything by people that need help with their own trips. Thanks guys! Lets keep going. :D

Edit: Alright, sleep well guys! It was fun :)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 0:00:00 EDT
AcademicI’m Antony Davies, Associate Professor of Economics at Duquesne University and co-founder of Paragon Software. AMA! We are some of the foremost leaders of the microbiology field, three of us are national academy members. Dan Portnoy is working on Listeria and collaborating with Aduro Biotech to help reach a cure for cancer. Michael Thomashow works to understand the mechanisms to help plants handle freezes and drought, in order to reach the potential of crops. Steven Lory works to understand how soil based bacteria cause diseases. John Mekalanos is the former chair of microbiology at Harvard and works on the mechanisms and vaccine development for cholera.

Here is the link to each of our labs and proof:

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 0:00:00 EDT
AcademicI am a male kindergarden teacher. AMA! 27 years old, working in the field for about 8 years now. "My" kindergarden has 50 kids in total, 2 groups early childcare (6 months to 3 years) and 2 groups actual kindergarden (3 to 6 years). It is also bilingual, english and german. I am the only male in a team of 14 teachers.

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 0:00:00 EDT
AcademicI’m Steve Horwitz, Professor of Economics at St. Lawrence University. My article, “There is No Such Thing as Trickle-Down Economics” recently made the front page of Reddit. AMA! Hello everyone, I’m Steve Horwitz, Professor of Economics at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. I did my PhD work at George Mason University, the home of the Mercatus Center where I am a Senior Affiliated Scholar today. I am also a Distinguished Fellow at the Foundation for Economic Education, a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute in Canada, and I’m currently serving as a Visiting Scholar at the John H. Schnatter Institute for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise at Ball State University.

I’ve written three books, Monetary Evolution, Free Banking, and Economic Order (1992), Microfoundations and Macroeconomics: An Austrian Perspective (2000), and Hayek’s Modern Family: Classical Liberalism and the Evolution of Social Institutions (2015). I also write regularly for Bleeding Heart Libertarians and

My work has focused on monetary theory, macroeconomics from an Austrian perspective, the economics of gender, and the family as a social institution.

My recent article for, “There is No Such Thing as Trickle-Down Economics” made the front page at /r/Economics, /r/Politics, and ultimately the front page of Reddit.

Several years ago, my video with Learn Liberty exploring the gender earnings gap, “Do Women Earn Less than Men?” made the front page of /r/Libertarian, leading the video to go viral. I wrote about the ensuing controversy here.

Ask me anything about economics, the gender earnings gap, the role of the family as a social institution, “bleeding heart libertarianism,” or any other aspects of my work you find interesting. I look forward to your questions!

EDIT: Thank you for your questions everybody! I was asked to devote 90 minutes to this conversation, so I am now concluding the AMA. If anyone has a question that I was not able to get to, feel free to follow me over to /r/LearnLiberty where I’ll continue taking questions for a half-hour of “overtime.”

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 0:00:00 EDT
AcademicIamA Dr. Ben Bergen, Cognitive Science Professor who studies profanity! AMA about the worst words in the world! I've been a supervisor at Bestbuy for two years. Mobile phones is my main department. I don't know if anyone will ask me anything but I have some time to kill so I thought, why not?


Edit: Posting from my phone so please forgive any formating errors.

Edit: 10:30 PST here! Still answering any questions you guys have! Thanks for all of the questions so far!

Edit: Well it's almost midnight so I think I'm going to hit the hay, if anyone has any more questions I'll get to them in the morning! Goodnight Reddit!

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 0:00:00 EDT
AcademicRichard D. Wolff here, Professor of Economics, author, radio host, and co-founder of I'm here to answer any questions about Marxism, socialism and economics. AMA! Dear Friends,

After nearly a decade portraying The Most Interesting Man in the World, I am thrilled to report my life of adventure is continuing. Not as an actor. As a journalist.

Starting today, I'm joining the editorial staff of True.Ink, a new online magazine that combines tall tales with live, off-line experiences. "Live The Story," we say.

My title is editor emeritus, and along with hosting some incredible events, I’ll be penning a column called True Mastery, and writing some poetry. For those who want to stay in touch (you can sign up below) I'm offering a winner a weekend in Vermont.

Fishing. Hiking. Martinis. On me. You coming?

For proof this is me, to enter my contest and to sign up for my newsletter go here.

Thanks for having me Reddit and great to be back. Running for the train. Have a deadline, but will be back soon and stay in touch with me at True.Ink/Goldsmith

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 0:00:00 EDT
AcademicNearly 70% of America's kids read below grade level. I am Dr. Michael Colvard and I teamed up a producer from The Simpsons to build a game to help. AMA! Floyd Norman is an animator, storyman, and troublemaker. But more importantly he is an official Disney Legend, honored by the company in 2007 with this title. Norman is the first Black artist at Disney, and has had a storied career working on Disney classics, as well as famed Saturday-morning cartoons, Pixar feature films, and more. At 81 years old, Norman is the focus of a new feature documentary out in theaters starting this Friday August 26th. "Floyd Norman: An Animated Life", reveals how Norman continues to impact animation and stir up "trouble" after the company forced him to retire at age 65. It's a tale of perseverance, and a love letter to the history of animation, as seen through the life of a one-of-a-kind man. Check out the trailer at, and connect with us on Facebook at

Filmmaker Michael Fiore owns and operates Michael Fiore Films; a boutique production company that develops, finances, and creates high-concept filmed content for the best-of-the-best in the Film, TV, and Ad worlds. Fiore has worked as a writer/director and producer/editor for industry notables like Joel Silver (Prod. "The Matrix"), Jonathan Liebesman (Dir. "TNMT"), and Tom DiCillo (Dir. "Living in Oblivion") among others. Fiore has another movie coming out later this year, in December, titled "Keep Watching" from Sony Screen Gems. That film stars Bella Thorne and "Walking Dead" star Chandler Riggs.

Filmmaker Erik Sharkey is no stranger to the world of documentary. Sharkey's last feature documentary "Drew: The Man Behind the Poster" follows the creative endeavors of the legendary movie poster artist Drew Struzan. Prior to that documentary, Sharkey had directed a fun comedy titled "Sexina" starring the original Batman, Adam West. Sharkey is a born-and-bred New Yorker, with the accent to prove it!

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 0:00:00 EDT
AcademicWe are a faculty team aiming to bring Applied Data Science with Python skills to everyone through a Coursera specialization this fall AMA! My short bio: There’s a big team behind this University of Michigan Coursera specialization and we want to share with you what we’re doing to bring applied data science and python skills to everyone! From pedagogy and technology through to curricular design and content please feel free to ask us anything! Want to know why we think python is great for data science? Or what it takes to put a MOOC together?

  • Christopher Brooks is faculty in the University of Michigan School of Information, and does research in learning analytics and educational technologies, such as predictive models of student success.
  • Kevyn Collins-Thompson is faculty in the University of Michigan School of Information and does research in information retrieval and text analysis.
  • Daniel Romero is faculty in the University of Michigan School of Information and does research in networks and complex systems.
  • V.G.Vinod Vydiswaran is faculty in the University of Michigan Medical School and the School of Information and does research in text mining and natural language processing, such as mining health information from patient records and social media. In addition to the faculty, we are joined by our coordinators * Stephanie Haley and course tutorial assistant Filip Jankovic!

Here’s the course we are planning to teach:

My Proof:

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 0:00:00 EDT