Biographical Info: Lance Nizami is an enigma wrapped in a potential wrapped in an annoyance. His suit is German, his wristwatch is Swiss, and his degrees are Canadian (BSc Physics, MSc Physiology, PhD Psychology, all U. Toronto). He was once accepted to architecture school, but instead chose graduate work in science. His attitude is international. He is active in the world’s most competitive profession, scientific research, yet without an institutional appointment. He is an Independent Research Scholar in Palo Alto, California, and is the author of 23 peer-reviewed papers in hearing research and in cybernetics, 3 book chapters, 19 proceedings, and 11 print Letters to Editors concerning academic ethics. Among his discoveries are the fact that C.E. Shannon’s Information Theory has been used incorrectly for over 60 years in psychology, rendering over 300 papers obsolete. He also recently discovered that Information Theory has been used incorrectly in neuroscience for the last 50 years – and appears to have no “correct” use – rendering another 300 papers (or more) obsolete (see “Information Theory’s Failure in Neuroscience”, Proceedings of the IEEE 2014 Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century, Boston, MA).
Lance Nizami also contributes to the Arts; but much more benignly. He started writing poetry during a long airplane flight in 2010, and has written much since then in-flight. As of 2 July 2014, he had 123 poems in print or in press, the most recent acceptances being at Falling Star, Westview, and Constellations. His poem “The Meter” appeared as a wall-applique in Montmartre, Paris in Autumn 2011. He has also had 12 photographs accepted for print publication in various poetry journals.