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Timescales of Life and Mind Conference

Timescales of Life and Mind Conference

Interdisciplinary Conference on Timescales as a Methodological Approach to Predictive Processing and the Free Energy Principle




I am a third year PhD student at the University of Edinburgh on the XSPECT project lead by Prof. Andy Clark, researching the nature of consciousness and self-modelling within predictive processing theories of the brain. I have an MSc from University College London in Cognitive and Decision Sciences and a Philosophy degree from the University of East Anglia.


I studied my Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy at the Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico, and graduated from the MSc Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh in 2018. My interests include philosophy of mind and philosophy of cognitive science, particularly the issues concerning human agency and the experience of agency, including disorders that produce an abnormal phenomenology of agency -i.e. schizophrenia, alien hand syndrome.


I am currently an MScR student in philosophy at the University of Edinburgh supervised by Tillmann Vierkant. I graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 2016, and, more lately, with a Master of Science in Mind, Language, and Embodied Cognition at the University of Edinburgh in 2018. I have a strong interest in philosophy of cognitive science, and in questions of agency and rationality. I wrote my dissertation at Edinburgh on the sufficiency and necessity of explicit mental attitudes for diachronic agency and moral responsibility given the evidence from the literature on confabulation.


I am PhD student on philosopher, Andy Clark’s European Research Council- funded project ‘Expecting Ourselves’, which aims to investigate the nature of conscious experience in the predictive brain. My research focuses on using the predictive processing framework to develop further connections between phenomenology and cognitive science, specifically: exploring how the Husserlian account of visual phenomenology and predictive processing can inform each other, to help map the content of conscious experience onto the mechanisms of the brain. Outside of my PhD studies, I work as a science and technology journalist, primarily as a contributing editor for WIRED Magazine


I am currently a second year PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, supervised by Dave Ward, Andy Clark and Julian Kiverstein. My research focuses upon questions concerning the biological foundations of cognition, approaching them by deploying the theoretical apparatus from ecological psychology, the free energy framework and predictive processing. I completed by MSc by research in philosophy at the University of Edinburgh and received a BA honours degree in philosophy from Birkbeck College, London.


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