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Research Interests

Philosophy of Mind, Artificial Intelligence, including robotics, artificial life, embodied cognition, and mind, technology and culture. Neural prediction mechanisms.

Qualifications

1981- BA Hons (First Class) Philosphy, Stirling University

1984 - DPhil, Philosophy, Stirling University

Visiting and Research Positions

(1984-1985) Temporary Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Glasgow

(1985-1992) Lecturer in Philosophy with Cognitive Sciences, University of Sussex

(1992-1993) Reader in Philosophy with Cognitive Sciences, University of Sussex

(1993-2000) Professor of Philosophy, and Director of the Philosophy/Neuroscience/Psychology Program, Washington University, St Louis USA

(2000-2002) Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Sciences, University of Sussex

(2002-2004) Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Cognitive Science Program, Indiana University

(2004-2008) Professor of Logic and Metaphysics, University of Edinburgh

(2008-) Head of Philosophy Subject Group, University of Edinburgh

Teaching

I have taught courses in Philosophy of Mind and in the Philosophy of Cognitive Science at all levels, both in the USA and UK, I have taught introductory courses in Cognitive Science in the USA and UK. Since joining Edinburgh I have given pre-honours lectures in the Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science, and honours teaching in the Philosophy of Psychology.

Masters Teaching

I designed and initially ran (2006-7) the highly successful masters specialization in Mind, Language and Embodied Cognition. This interdisciplinary masters specialization is (as far as we are aware) unique in its emphasis on embodied cognition. It attracts a large cohort (15-20 annually) of excellent students,many of whom go on to pursue doctoral studies here at Edinburgh. It is also popular with students on other masters programs heres, such as the program in Language Evolution and Cognition. In 2010 the specialization became a self-standing masters program that regularly attracts excellent students from both Europe and the USA, some of whom remain at Edinburgh to pursue their PhD's. 

Administrative Roles

I was director of the Philosophy-Neuroscience- Psychology (PNP) program at Washington University in St Louis from 1993-2000. This was a major James S. McDonnell foundation funded graduate program that linked the philosophy department, the psychology department and the world leading Washington University School of Medicine. From 2002-2004 I was Director of the Cognitive Science program at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. From September 2008 until June 2011 I was Head of Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. During this period the department flourished with a number of new and outstanding appointments, and developed fairer and more transparent ways of assigning teaching and administrative responsibilities. 

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Research outputs

  1. New Human: Ethics, Trust and the Extended Mind

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  2. A nice surprise? Predictive processing and the active pursuit of novelty

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Research activities & awards

  1. Boundaries of the Extended Mind

    Activity: External academic engagementInvited talk

  2. Closer to truth

    Activity: Public engagement and outreachMedia article or participation

  3. Memory and Imagination in Humans and Machines

    Activity: Participation in conference, seminar or training courseParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

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Research projects

  1. Extended Knowledge

    Project: Funded ProjectResearch

  2. Extended Knowledge

    Project: Funded ProjectResearch

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