"In all intellectual and academic pursuits, it is important to keep in mind that the purpose of academia in general is to improve the human condition by improving the human mind. Too often, it seems, we lose sight of this goal and, pursuing theories and chasing paradox for its own sake, forget that it is the duty of those thinkers who are at the forefront of the quest for knowledge to light the way for those who follow."
I'm interested generally in the foundations of the natural sciences, and in naturalism as a broad metaphilosophical position. I take a primarily problem-solving (as opposed to historical) approach to philosophy, and have particular interests in the mind-body problem, the relationship between agents and their tools, the philosophical implications of the digital revolution, the prospects for naturalistic ethics, unity of science, and problems in the foundations of quantum mechanics. My work has been primarily influenced by John Searle, Philip Kitcher, David Albert, and Daniel Dennett.
My dissertation concerns issues in scientific model building, especially the special problems and methods for building scientific models of complex systems in the high-level special sciences. I intend to apply this discussion to a case-study on the philosophical issues in the climate change debate.