In the most general sense, I am perhaps most interested in Human Cognition. This refers to the mental processes involved in establishing and shaping our understanding of reality. Importantly, the best evidence suggests that our minds are predisposed toward interpreting our experiences of the world in certain ways. These guided interpretations of reality are demonstrably imperfect. Given the fact that we know that human cognition operates in ways that can mislead us, I am interested in exploring the ways in which our minds are naturally predisposed toward misshaping our views across the full range of human understanding. Accordingly, the characteristics of human cognition thus comprise a substantial part of my Critical Thinking courses.
I am keenly interested in what is called General Problem Solving. In this vein, I am interested in identifying and explicating systematic problem solving methods that can be applied across a wide variety of “real world” situations. To be viable, any such methods must account for normal human cognition, as described above. As suggested, I am particularly interested in forging and describing methods that can actually be applied in practice.
I am passionate about Ethics. In its most basic sense, ethics is the philosophical justification of morality. Through the millennia, many people have offered a wide range of philosophical proposals intended to justify various sets of moral beliefs. In studying ethics, I seek to glean what I can from the countless great thinkers who have come before me.
Further, I have a deep interest in the Philosophy of Science. I am particularly interested in what is known as “the Demarcation Problem.” This problem consists in identifying a viable criterion by which we can differentiate between genuine science and pseudo-science. I am also interested in Evolutionary Theory.