] welcome [
I am a philosopher working in philosophy of science, mathematics, and mind. I am especially interested in the relationship between science, scientific results and philosophical theorizing. I've been at Marquette since 1994 and before that studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison . . . and way back at Montana State University.
] some current work [
I've just finished a paper entitled Causality, Probability Trajectories, and Continuity (started about 20 years ago!) on token-level probabilistic causality and continuity assumptions, particularly as they relate to Ellery Eells' work. I argue that a standard, discontinuous way of representing causal events leads to inconsistencies and sketch an alternative but related approach.
My paper, Blurring Two Conceptions of Subjective Experience: Folk vs. Philosophical Phenomenality, will be forthcoming in Philosophical Psychology. The paper is based on an experimental study of folk conceptions of subjective experience. It builds on work by Justin Sytsma and Edouard Machery in their paper, "Two Conceptions of Subjective Experience" (2010) Philosophical Studies 151(2): 299-327.
In other work, I've been working on the Integrated Information account of consciousness (Giulio Tononi). My paper, Consciousness as Integrated Information: a Provisional Philosophical Critique from the Journal of Consciousness Studies (2013) may be found here (author proof, revised version, Dec. 2012).
I am also working on how nonlinear dynamics (chaos, complexity, and catastrophe theories, and related principles) can shed insight into thinking about consciousness and the mind. In particular, I have an interest in symbolic dynamics. Stephen Guastello and I have developed (2010) a piece of software, Orbital Decomposition v1.2. ORBDE, which performs an analysis based on symbolic dynamics that identifies recurring patterns of events in nominally-coded data; it can be found at the Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Science (sixth choice from the bottom).
News: I will be a visiting scholar at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain at Humboldt University for the academic year 2012-13.
News: I will be presenting a paper, "Against the Reduction of Phenomenological Consciousness to Qualia," at the Eastern APA (Atlanta) in December.
Many of my other publications can be found on my research page.