The Experimental Philosophy Laboratory
Department of Philosophy, UC San Diego

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Grush, Jaswal, Knoepfler, Damm, Brovold & Herschbach


Eric Campbell and Pat Churchland


Mitch Herschbach : Topic TBA


Lisa Damm: Topic TBA


About EPL

The Experimental Philosophy Laboratory is a group consisting mostly of graduate students and faculty from the philosophy department, who are interested in issues associated with cognition, language, the mind, and neural implementation. The group is open to anyone, but the expectation is that participants commit to regular attendance and participation rather than popping in and out. We meet during the regular academic terms from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm Thursday in the philosophy department seminar room.

The goal is to provide a forum for graduate students (and sometimes faculty) with an interest in interdisciplinary approaches to mind, cognition and language to develop ideas, get feedback and help on their projects, and learn about what is happening in the field via exposure to the projects of other group participants. The character of the meetings is flexible. Often one of the participants will give an informal presentation on an in-progress research project, and get feedback on it from the other members. Other times, we may discuss some topic as a group, without any one person acting as the 'presenter'. There are occassional external speakers.

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Bill Bechtel
I am a philosopher of science with particular interest in mechanisms and mechanistic explanation and in the processes by which scientists secure and evaluate evidence. My work focuses primarily on biochemistry, cell biology, cognitive neuroscience, and cognitive science.

Matt Brown
My current research is in the philosophy of science, especially the relationship between science and lived experience, where I defend an account of science as pragmatic method, strongly influenced by American pragmatism and Paul Feyerabend. In addition, I'm interested in distributed, embodied, and cultural approaches to cognition and their application to science studies. I am also affiliated with the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition at UCSD.

Pat Churchland
I focus on the interface between neuroscience and philosophy. I explore the impact of neuroscientific developments on our understanding of consciousness, the self, free will, decion making, ethics, learning, and religion.
James Dabgotra [web]
I am interested in the cognitive sciences, particularly concerning emotional, moral, religious, and philosophical cognition; philosophy of mind, especially phenomenology and consciousness; philosophical methodology; David Hume; sociobiology.
Lisa Damm
In May of 2003, I received my BA in philosophy and mathematics from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Leaving one sunshine state for another (and not by accident) I started the philosophy grad program at UCSD in Fall of 2003. I am currently interested in cognition, rationality, emotion, decision making, and practical reasoning.

Rick Grush
I work primarily in theoretical cognitive neuroscience, the metaphysics of mind and representation, and I have significant interests in linguistics and early modern. Recently I have focused on the emulation theory of representation, and spatial and temporal representation. These topics and others will be treated in more detail in The Machinery of Mindedness, my in-progress book.

Mitch Herschbach
I graduated from Santa Clara University in 2002 with a B.A. in Philosophy and B.S. in Psychology. My research interests include philosophy of mind, cognitive science, and language. I'm spending most of my time exploring the nature of our psychological understanding of self and others (what is often referred to as "folk psychology"/"theory of mind"/"mindreading").
I also serve as Editorial Assistant & Publications Editor for Philosophical Psychology.
Liberty Jaswal
I received my B.A. in philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley in 2001. Before entering the Ph.D. program in Philosophy at UCSD, I spent some time protecting a segment of old-growth forest in Oregon. My primary research interests include the following topics in the philosophy of mind: perception, color, mental/physical causation, intentionality, and nonconceptual content.
Theron Pummer
I graduated from George Washington University in 2006 with a B.S. in an interdisciplinary major in Philosophy and Cognitive Neuroscience. I am interested in how the cognitive neurosciences illuminate how we theorize and behave ethically and scientifically. Other interests include pragmatism, neurobiological accounts of consciousness, toiling my way to chess mastery, and long-distance running.




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