I am a cognitive scientist, father, two-bit philosopher, and bad artist from Dublin, Ireland. My principal professional interests lie in helping to develop a cognitive science that goes beyond the limitations of a Cartesian view of mind and matter. I have particular interests in coordination within and among people, in the links between rhythm, speech, and language, and in philosophical foundations such as enactive theory. I see my work as a small contribution to the exploration of the thesis that mind and life are inseparable. I am an unreformed anti-representationalist and I think in terms of dynamic systems theory.
My research is currently focussed on the rich topic of joint speech, where two or more people say the same thing at the same time. This includes chanting, prayer, recitation, and the like, and it is a special case of the more general domain of highly synchronized activity. This rich and understudied topic requires us to reevaluate our assumptions about the relation between the individual and the collective.
My professional activities are described in the above tabs. Links to various websites I maintain, contribute to, or am in some way associated with are on the right.
Here’s a video of a talk I gave on rhythm in speech to the Illinois Language and Linguistics Society, in April 2011.
I have built a connectionist simulator for use in teaching the basics of artificial neural networks. Basic Prop. The current version is 1.3. Let me know if you use it.