As a philosophy professor, I investigate the promises and dangers of scientific theory. How do theories about consciousness and climate change influence technology, and how is that technology used, and abused? How are evolutionary and psychological theories used, perhaps illegitimately, to draw conclusions about race, sex/gender, and intelligence? When do we confuse and conflate literal and figurative maps with the world? I have lectured and published on a wide variety of topics in philosophy of science as well as on science more generally. 


ACADEMIC CV (Updated June 12, 2014).
Here are my areas of interest: philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, philosophy of cartography, political philosophy, ethics, metaphysics and epistemology, philosophy of mind and cognitive science, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of the social sciences, Pragmatism, History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS), Kant, post-structuralism, Latin American Philosophy.

1. Education and Appointments?

2. Professional Service?
  • Reviewer for 20+ journals.

3. General research content? 
  • Abstraction-Reification
  • What is the relation between the concrete (e.g., reality, material technology, and the body) and the abstract (e.g., theory, functional design, and consciousness)? 
  • Pluralism
  • Which categories of scientific research exist in a plurality of ways? 

4. Current specific projects? 
+Pragmatic aspects of models and modeling: 
  • (i) mathematical models (especially in genomics, climate studies, and physics)
  • (ii) diagrammatic models (especially of biological mechanisms, and "Tree of life" vs. "Network of life")
  • (iii) narrative models (especially in Evo-Devo)
Assumption Archaeology of the practices, theories, and ontologies of these fields:
  • (i) the genomics of "race" (Wir sind alle Afrikaner)
Prediction and hypothesis testing (frequentist & Bayesian) as stringent and probative empirical methodologies

5. Other intellectual interests? Physics, psychology, literature and poetry, art, architecture, and the study of multiculturalism.

6. Languages? I speak Danish, English, and Spanish. Perhaps one day my French, German, and Latin will improve. 

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Neues Museum, Berlin, 2010.
Photo courtesy of 
Ola Jakup Joensen, Niels Bohr Institute

"The Structure of Scientific Theories,"
University of Toronto, 
"Philosophy of Scientific Practices Roundtable I: Modelings, Representings, and Intervenings," 
June 27, 2014  

Understanding Complex Systems: The Map is Not the Territory
AA Pharmaceutical Scientists, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Foster City, June 19, 2014

¿Somos el ombligo del universo? 
Una mirada interdisciplinaria de los mapas cuando devienen mundo
Auditorio del CEIICH, Torre II de Humanidades, Piso 4, UNAM, Ciudad de México, 10:00 horas, 28 de mayo del 2014

Practices of Abstraction: The View from Cartography and Geography
IIF, UNAM, Mexico City, May 20, 2014

The Genetic Reification of 'Race'? A Story of Two Mathematical Methods
 Bay Area Philosophy of Science (BAPS),
SF State University,
San Francisco, May 1, 2014.

Conference:"Genomics and Philosophy of Race"
Paper: Are Races Like Constellations?
Kresge College, UC Santa Cruz, April 12-13, 2014.

"The Stanford School of Philosophy of Science" Conference
Stanford, CA

PUBLIC LECTURES gladly given
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Short Essay 
Deductive vs.
synthetic styles of thinking, in science and in everyday life.
"Take Your Time"
When Maps Become the World (University of Chicago Press, book under contract).