I am starting a 3-year postdoctoral research fellowship with Vincent Müller in the Centre for Philosophy & Artificial Intelligence Research (PAIR) at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany. In Spring 2023, I completed my doctorate in philosophy with doctoral minors in neuroscience and cognitive science at the University of Arizona in the USA. I defended my dissertation Robust Normativity in Complexity Science with Sara Aronowitz (co-adviser), Mark Timmons (co-adviser), Jonathan Weinberg, and Allen Buchanan.
Philosophy pitch: I specialise in the philosophy of neuroscience and cognitive science, the philosophy of biology, and moral psychology. A common theme throughout my work is that objective, irreducibly normative standards are indispensable for telling us what about complex adaptive systems to explain. I argue that there are many types of norms and each play different roles in functional explanation, mechanistic explanation, rational analysis, and radical interpretation across biology, neuroscience, psychology, and AI. I am especially interested in exploring how these issues apply to task design in moral reasoning, formal reasoning, and cognitive control.
Science pitch: I am interested in bridging the theoretical and methodological gap between the neuroscience of cognitive control (in response inhibition and conflict tasks) and the psychology of metacognitive control (in heuristics-and-biases tasks). I argue that metacognitive control is different in kind from cognitive control, but draw on theoretical models of cognitive control to build theoretical models of metacognitive control. I argue that theoretical models of reasoning can’t be tested without tasks that use normative metrics to evaluate performance, and propose task designs and experimental strategies. During my postdoctoral fellowship, I plan to explore strategies for implementing theoretical models of reasoning in AI.