Passionate about consciousness
I am a philosopher and consciousness researcher at Durham University, UK. My research focuses on how to integrate consciousness into our scientific worldview.
I argue that the traditional approaches of materialism (consciousness can be explained in terms of physical processes in the brain) and dualism (consciousness is separate from the body and brain) face insuperable difficulties. On the basis of this I defend a form of panpsychism, the view that consciousness is a fundamental and ubiquitous feature of the physical world. It sounds a bit crazy, but I try to show that it avoids the difficulties faced by its rivals.
My first academic book, Consciousness and Fundamental Reality (Oxford University Press), was published in 2017 and my first book aimed at a general audience, Galileo's Error: Foundations for a New Science of Consciousness (Rider in UK, Pantheon in US), will be published in August 2019.
Probably the best way to get acquainted with my "big picture" is to listen to some of the podcasts in the audio section of this site, read some of the popular articles in the publications section, or for a little more detail watch the first video in video section.
I also write about religion and politics. I am a religious fictionalist, which is someone who practices a religion even though they think the core beliefs associated with that religion are false. In terms of politics, I am a vigorous opponent of neo-liberalism and a big fan of taxation.
This is what I used to do in my 20s before I started to lose my hair...