] 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.

Link to The Guardian article on Qualia & Consciousness

Link to Scientific American article on Infinifty (explains a certain party's tats)


] some current work [


A paper just published: "There is Nothing It is Like to See Red: Holism and Subjective Experience" in Synthese.  Topic: I argue against thinking of phenomenal consciousness as a property of mental states, showing how such a view is in fact prevalent, pre-theoretically unwarranted, and philosophically pernicious in that it often leads to an implausible reduction of conscious experience to qualia. I seek to develop a holistic conception of phenomenal consciousness for creatures (not states) and argue that it has at least equal pre-theoretic warrant, is more conservative philosophically in that it decides less from the a priori “armchair” and enjoys a fruitful two-way relationship with empirical work.

Another paper recently published: Causation, Probability, and the Continuity Bind in British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. It explores how chance should be understood with respect to the evolution of probabilities as a function of time, particularly as they relate to causality understood probabilistically. I argue that a natural, discontinuous way of understanding chancy events as they occur leads to problems and sketch alternatives.

We (Stephen J. Guastello, David Pincus, Robert W. Bond Jr.) presented: “Computation of Orbital Decomposition with Multiple Categorical Variables,” American Psychological Society 26th Annual Convention, San Francisco, May 25, 2014.

I presented a paper entitled "Imprecise Probability and the Temporal Evolution of Chance" at the Imprecise Probabilities in Statistics and Philosophy Conference this summer (27-28 June, 2014) in Munich at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (Ludwig-Maximilians Universitšt Munich).

My paper, Blurring Two Conceptions of Subjective Experience: Folk vs. Philosophical Phenomenality, is available online in Philosophical Psychology. (Access it here.) [author proof, revised version, Mar. 2013] 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.

Many of my other publications can be found on my research page.