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AREAS OF INTEREST
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Cognitive Science
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Metaphysics
  • Ethical Issues in Science and Technology


COURSES TAUGHT
  • Minds, Brains, and Computers
  • Computational Theory of Mind
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Ethical Issues in Science and Technology
  • Metaphysics
  • Formal Logic
  • Early Modern Philosophy
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Critical Thinking

AREA OF SPECIALIZATION

Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science

AREAS OF COMPETENCE

Philosophy of Science, Ethics in Science and Technology, Metaphysics, Logic

CURRENT and RECENT APPOINTMENTS

San Francisco State University, 2006—Present, Lecturer

University of California Davis, Summer—Fall 2013, Winter 2015, Lecturer

University of San Francisco, Fall 2014—Spring 2015, Lecturer

Sun Yat Sen University, Summer 2013, Visiting Instructor

CURRENT and RECENT RESEARCH

My work typically involves the physical realization of cognition, computation, and consciousness. I am currently investigating hemispherectomies and their implications in cognitive neuroscience and bioethics.

DISSERTATION

Computationalism and the Putnam-Searle Thesis

Robert Cummins and Paul Teller (co-chairs), George Wilson, James Griesemer, Bruno Olshausen

EDUCATION

PhD Philosophy, University of California, Davis

BA Humanities Interdisciplinary Degree, Philosophy of Cognition, University of California, Irvine

BA English, University of California, Irvine

PUBLICATIONS (Authored and Co-authored)

2015 Hemispherectomies and Independently Conscious Brain Regions, Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics, forthcoming 2016.

2013 Searle’s Wall, Erkenntnis: Vol 78, Issue 1, 109-117. DOI 10.1007/s10670-012-9405-4

2012 Review of Gerald Vision’s Re-Emergence: Locating Conscious Properties in a Material World, Essays in Philosophy: Vol. 13: Iss. 2, Article 12. DOI 10.7710/1526-0569.1438

2012 Naturally Supernatural, with Galen Foresman, Philosophy and Supernatural, Wiley-Blackwell, DOI: 10.1002/9781118616000.ch13

2010 Representation and Unexploited Content, with Robert Cummins, David Byrd, Alexa Lee, and Martin Roth, The World in the Head, Robert Cummins, Oxford University Press. Previously published in Teleosemantics: New Philosophical Essays, Graham Macdonald and David Papineau (eds.), 2006, Oxford University Press.

2010 Systematicity and the Cognition of Structured Domains, with David Byrd, Martin Roth, R. Cummins, Pierre Poirier, and Georg Schwarz, The World in the Head, Robert Cummins, Oxford University Press. Previously published in The Journal of Philosophy, 2001, XCVII, No. 4: 167-185.

2007 A Dilemma for a Picture of Motion, Northwest Topics: The Proceedings of the 56th Annual Northwest Conference on Philosophy

2005 Atomistic Learning in Non-Modular Systems, with Robert Cummins, David Byrd, Pierre Poirier, and Martin Roth, Philosophical Psychology

2005 What Systematicity Isn’t: Reply to Wayne Davis, with Robert Cummins, David Byrd, Alexa Lee, and Martin Roth, Journal of Philosophical Research

2003 The Epistemology of Non-symbolic Cognition: Atomistic Learning and Forgetting, with David Byrd, Martin Roth, Robert Cummins, Pierre Poirier, and Georg Schwarz. Tech. Report Phil99-3, UC Davis

GRANTS

2002 Co-writer and co-recipient of NSF Grant 0137255, Epistemology and the Diversity of Cognitive Systems.

1999 Co-writer and co-recipient of NSF Grant 9976739, Atomistic and Holistic Learning.

1998 Co-writer and co-recipient of NSF Grant 9896194, The Epistemology of Non-Symbolic Cognition.

PRESENTATIONS

2015 Hemispherectomies and Independently Conscious Brain Hemispheres, American Philosophical Associtation, Pacific Division

2015 Our Many Minds, Neurotherapeutics and Psychosurgery Conference, Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience, Center for Cognition and Neuroethics (unable to attend)

2014 Hemispherectomies and Our Many Minds, Northern California Consciousness Meeting, University of California Davis (poster, unable to attend)

2014 On the (Absolute) Relativity of Program Implementation, 42nd Annual Meeting for the Society of Exact Philosophy, California Institute of Technology (poster)

2014 On the Relativity of Program Implementation, Foundations of Mind: Cognition and Consciousness, University of California Berkeley

2012 Searle’s Wall, Institute of Logic and Cognition, Sun Yat Sen University

2011 Searle’s Wall, American Philosophical Association, Central Division

2011 Physical Realizations of Minds, American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division

2010 Minds and Material Composition, Northwest Philosophy Conference

2010 Searle’s Wall, North Carolina Philosophical Society Conference

2009 Physical Realizations of the Mental, Northwest Philosophy Conference

2009 Commentator for Ali Hasan’s Skepticism and Spatial Objects, Northwest Philosophy Conference

2005 Temporal Parts and the Problem of Motion, Inland Northwest Philosophy Conference

2004 A Dilemma for a Picture of Motion, Northwest Philosophy Conference

2004 Semantic Disparity in a Resilient Solution to the Liar Paradox, Berkeley-Stanford-Davis Graduate Conference

2004 Why does Butch go back? Facing Violence in Pulp Fiction, Nammour Symposium, California State University, Sacramento

2003 Putnam, Computationalism, Humility, Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Conference

2003 Atomistic Learning in Fully Distributed Systems, American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, with David Byrd, Robert Cummins, Martin Roth, Pierre Poirier

2000 Systematicity and the Cognition of Structured Domains, American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, with David Byrd, Robert Cummins, Martin Roth, Pierre Poirier

1999 Systematicity and the Cognition of Structured Domains, Abstract Poster, 21st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, with David Byrd, Robert Cummins, Martin Roth, Pierre Poirier

1999 Systematicity and the Cognition of Structured Domains, 25th Annual Meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Stanford University, with David Byrd, Robert Cummins, Martin Roth, Pierre Poirier

TEXTBOOK EDITORIAL REVIEWS

2012 How to Think about Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age, 7th Edition, Theodore Schick Jr. and Lewis Vaughn

2011 How to Think about Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age, 6th Edition, Theodore Schick Jr. and Lewis Vaughn

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

San Francisco State University, Lecturer

University of California at Davis, Instructor

University of San Francisco, Lecturer

Sun Yat Sen University, Visiting Instructor

Southwest China Normal University, Visiting Lecturer

Mills College, Lecturer

Cosumnes River College, Instructor

California State University Sacramento, Lecturer