“The Explanatory Effect of a Label: Explanations with Named Categories Are More Satisfying,” written by myself, Carly Giffin, and Tania Lombrozo, is forthcoming in Cognition! It turns out that when you name a condition people think it's more explanatory, seemingly because they import all sorts of causal assumptions.
"Understanding for Hire" which puts forward a new epistemic value problem for understanding, then sort of solves it, just got accepted by the Journal for General Philosophy of Science! It is co-written by myself and Christa Johnson.
Nadya Vasilyeva, Tania Lombrozo, and my "Contextual Utility Affects the Perceived Quality of Explanations" just got accepted by Psychonomic Bulletin and Review!
I've just joined as a post-doctoral researcher a team building a groundbreaking course introducing students to scientific and philosophical thinking. People involved include John Campbell, Tania Lombrozo, Alicia Alonzo, and Saul Perlmutter. It's fun getting to discuss science-education with a Nobel Prize winner.
I just got an offer letter to spend next fall as a research fellow here at the Center for Philosophy of Science! As places in the world to do philosophy of science go, this is fairly high on the list.
I'm back in the classroom! I'm teaching for the department of History and Philosophy of Science right here at Pitt. It's good to be home.
My "Understanding without Believing" came out in Explaining Understanding: New Perspectives from Epistemology and Philosophy of Science.
I just started a new postdoc here in HPS at Pitt--this is a great place to be!
My "Folk Attributions of Understanding: Is There a Role for Epistemic Luck?" with Dillon Plunkett and Tania Lombrozo just got accepted by Episteme!
Baby boy Wilkenfeld was born today!
My paper about how coming to understand something can be personally transformative ("Transformative Understanding Acquisition") just got accepted by Res Philosophica!
I presented a poster on the explanatory status of mental disorders (“Are symptom clusters explanatory? A study in mental disorders and noncausal explanation"), co-authored with Tania Lombrozo and Jenn Asselin. Jenn would subsequently present the data at CogSci.
I presented my philosophy paper on how MDMA experiences can shed light on personal transformation at the Society for Philosophy and Psychology pre-conference workshop on transformative experiences.
My paper wherein I argue that representational accuracy and intelligibility are both important dimensions of understanding evaluation ("MUDdy Understanding") was accepted by Synthese. It's been a good couple of months.
My first transformative experience paper--"Modeling Authenticity"--got accepted to Res Philosophica! It should be out in January 2016
My article with Tania Lombrozo--on the educational benefits of attempts to explain that fail to generate true explanations--was accepted by Science & Education. This was a fantastic birthday present.
I (along with Tania Lombrozo) presented some of our work to the participants involved in the Transformative Experience grant from the John Templeton Foundation.
Nadya Vasilyeva and I got to present our research to other recipients and interested parties involved in the John Templeton Foundation Varieties of Understanding grant.
My fellow researchers and I gave one short-form presentation (with Nadya Vasilyeva and Tania Lombrozo), one long-form presentation (with Dillon Plunkett and Tania Lombrozo), and one poster presentation (with Dillon Plunkett and Tania Lombrozo) at the Society for Philosophy and Psychology annual meeting. We were very busy.