Models of Scientific Communities:
I am building formal models of scientific communities to answer questions like: how can industry influence the public understanding of science? How do communication structures impact the emergence of scientific consensus? And: What can idealized models tell us about complicated scientific communities? In addition to the work here, look under the next heading for models of diverse groups in science.
How to Beat Science and Influence People, with James Owen Weatherall and Justin P. Bruner, Working Paper 2017
Do as I Say, Not as I Do, or, Conformity in Scientific Networks, with James Owen Weatherall, Working Paper 2017
Scientific Polarization, with James Owen Weatherall, European Journal for Philosophy of Science, forthcoming
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?
Here are some recent research projects.
Inequity and Inequality in the Emergence of Norms, with Calvin Cochran, Working Paper, 2018
Power by Association, with Travis Lacroix Working Paper 2018
Modeling Minimal Conditions for Inequity, Working Paper 2017
Promoting Diverse Collaborations, with Michael Schneider and Hannah Rubin, In The Dynamics of Science: Computational Frontiers in History and Philosophy of Science, Volume Under Contract, expected 2019
The Emergence of Intersectional Disadvantage, with Liam K. Bright and Justin P. Bruner, Working Paper, 2018
Power, Bargaining, and Collaboration, with Justin P. Bruner, in Scientific Collaboration and Collective Knowledge, 2017
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.
When it’s Good to Feel Bad: An Evolutionary Model of Guilt and Apology, (official link) with Sarita Rosenstock, Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 2018
Deus Ex Machina: a Cautionary Tale For Naturalists , (official link) 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.
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.
Experimental Economics for Philosophers, with Hannah Rubin and Justin Bruner, in Methodological Advances in Experimental Philosophy, forthcoming
David Lewis in the Lab: Experimental Results on the Emergence of Meaning, (official link) with Justin Bruner, Hannah Rubin, and Simon Huttegger, Synthese, 2014
Communication Without the Cooperative Principle: a Signaling Experiment with Hannah Rubin, Justin P. Bruner, and Simon Huttegger, Working Paper, 2015
Black Holes, Black-Scholes, and Prairie Voles: as Essay Review of Simulation and Similarity by Michael Weisberg, (official link) with Jim Weatherall, Philosophy of Science, 2017
Review of Peter Godfrey-Smith’s Philosophy of Biology, (official link) Philosophy of Science, 2015
Review of Peter Godfrey-Smith’s Darwinian Populations, (official link) 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, 2013