Here are some recent research projects.
Formal Models of Diversity:
Along with some collaborators, I’m using evolutionary modeling to understand issues related to diversity such as: How do discriminatory norms arise between social groups? How does power influence strategic behavior between academics? How do gender and class emerge in societies?
The Cultural Red King Effect, Working Paper, 2016
In Epistemic Networks, Is Less Really More? with Sarita Rosenstock and Justin Bruner, Philosophy of Science, 2017
Dynamics and Diversity in Epistemic Communities, with Justin Bruner, Working Paper, 2016
Power, Bargaining, and Collaboration, with Justin Bruner, in Scientific Collaboration and Collective Knowledge, Forthcoming
Moral Emotions and Naturalized Ethics:
I’m using tools from evolutionary modeling to assess and expand work in philosophy on the evolution of moral emotions.
The Evolution of Guilt: a Model Based Approach, Philosophy of Science, 2015
When it’s Good to Feel Bad: Evolutionary Models of Guilt and Apology, with Sarita Rosenstock, Working Paper, 2016
Guilt, Games, and Evolution, for Emotions Researcher, 2016
Deus Ex Machina: a Cautionary Tale For Naturalists , with P. Kyle Stanford, Elliott Wagner, and Nathan Fulton, Analyse & Kritik, 2012
Categories, Generalization, and Vagueness:
In my thesis project, I completed a cluster of related papers which applied the same game theoretic model – the sim-max game – to several interrelated problems including the evolution of linguistic vagueness, linguistic ambiguity, perceptual categories, learning generalization, and cluster kinds terms.
The Evolution of Vagueness, Erkenntnis, 2014
Evolving Perceptual Categories, Philosophy of Science, 2014
Ambiguity is Kinda Good, Sometimes, Philosophy of Science, 2015
Games and Kinds, BJPS, forthcoming
Experimental Economics in Philosophy:
I’m part of a group using methods from experimental economics to investigate philosophical questions. We’re addressing questions related to the emergence of language.
David Lewis in the Lab: Experimental Results on the Emergence of Meaning, with Justin Bruner, Hannah Rubin, and Simon Huttegger, Synthese, 2014
Communication Without the Cooperative Principle: a Signaling Experiment with Hannah Rubin, Justin Bruner, and Simon Huttegger, Working Paper, 2015
Black Holes, Black-Scholes, and Prairie Voles: as Essay Review of Simulation and Similarity by Michael Weisberg, with Jim Weatherall, Philosophy of Science, Forthcoming
Review of Peter Godfrey-Smith’s Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Science, 2015
Review of Peter Godfrey-Smith’s Darwinian Populations, Philosophy of Science, 2012
I took part in an interdisciplinary meeting to clarify current thinking on sexual selection and recommend avenues of new research.
Sexual Selection: a NESCent Catalyst Meeting, with fifteen interdisciplinary researchers