Research topics

A lot of my work is theoretical and philosophical in flavour. But I also do some experiments, and I’ve developed a few mathematical models too. My papers are on the academic publications page.

MIND & CULTURE
Culture emerges as the product of many micro-interactions between individual minds. But how, exactly, and how should we study culture from a naturalistic, scientific point-of-view? Or, in other words, how do psychology and anthropology relate to one another? How should they?

EVOLUTIONARY EXPLANATION IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
The social sciences increasingly recognise the potential and utility of evolutionary perspectives. Humans are animals after all! But the nature and extent of this potential is disputed. What exactly does an evolutionary perspective offer, and what are its limits?

COMMUNICATION IN HUMANS & OTHER SPECIES
Human communication is manifestly different to the communication of other species, but the exact nature of this difference remains disputed. What are the differences? What are the similarities?

MORE TOPICS OF INTEREST & EXPERTISE…
Philosophy of science, art & communication, evolution of languages, pragmatics, philosophy of language, evolutionary psychology, cultural evolution, cognitive development, honesty, morality, cooperation, commitment, reasoning, how the mind works, and other such things.

I am a sometime contributor to the International Cognition & Culture Institute; an excellent forum for discussion of the latest research on all these topics.

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