Thomas Lewis is a physician, writer, and expert on the interface between neuroscience and human experience. A CU Boulder alumnus (arts and science, 1985), Lewis teaches currently at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and at the Fromm Institute of the University of San Francisco (USF).
Lewis is the author of A General Theory of Love, a nonfiction book that elucidates the psychobiology of emotion and human relationships. Favorably reviewed by The New York Times and The Washington Post, A General Theory of Love was described as “an insightful look at the science of human emotions” and “a rare example of the fusing of scientific rigor with literary eloquence.” The book has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Latvian.
Knowledgeable in psychopharmacology and psychobiology, Lewis has written and lectured nationally and internationally on a broad range of topics for both professional audiences and the general public. In collaboration with fellow physician and writer David Watts, he has taught courses on the neuroscience and poetry of love, and the neuroscience and poetry of emotion.
Most recently, Lewis has turned his attention to the ways in which brain science can elucidate moral emotions. He lectured at MIT and the American Academy for the Advancement of Science on the neuroscience of evil and has just finished teaching a course at USF on the neuroscience of human morality.