About David

London (2019)

Click here for Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Welcome to my website.  I use this site as a mode of disseminating my thought and connecting with others, and it has often served as a way of generating discussion.  It would be silly to attempt to catalog all of my interests because they are so numerous, but my areas of expertise include metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of science, integral philosophy, Kant, Whitehead, and Nietzsche.  I have published in philosophy of neuroscience, and I have written comprehensive exam papers Darwinian philosophy and the unity of nature/disunity of science.  My dissertation is on systems philosophy (and general systems theory) and a unique approach using an original theory of metaphysical abstraction, and, conjoining with that, novel understandings of causation and what the sciences are fundamentally in terms of abstraction.  I have additional areas of competency in logic, theoretical physics, mathematics (especially stochastic and mathematical finance), Kuhn, history of philosophy, German Idealism, pragmatism, consciousness studies, and some domains withing the history of science.  My interests include many other areas, but to give you an idea of some, here are a few: process philosophy, GTR-QM incompatibilities (such as commutative and non-commutative geometries), panpsychism, Newton, philosophy of law, philosophy of education, reductionism, philosophy of special sciences, cognitive science, and various religious philosophies, studies, and histories.  

I also facilitate numerous philosophy reading groups and philosophical chat groups, which range from informal discussions among individuals not trained in philosophy through university trained at various levels of formal and informal study.  I do field inquiries for newcomers seeking philosophical discussions in an existing group or for those who want me to facilitate or create a new group.  Formerly, these had all been in person, but the post-COVID virtual world has made it so that all groups I facilitate are done online through video call platforms.

Welcome!

6 responses to “About David

  1. Pingback: Not-So-Faster-Than-Light Particles and the GZK Cutoff: Philosophical Considerations of Wayward Travels | milliern

  2. Hi David thank you for following my blog! It’s not the heady stuff you and my friend Matt talk about. I try to make a few caustic (but friendly) remarks on his blog which he usually ignores lol. We met on a course in the UK once and I was impressed by him. I tend to be interested in the links of a psychological nature between Gaia and humans and in that respect I try to read Hegel but struggle! Matt can get very poetic though now and then and then hes superbly so. Your my first American follower (excluding a close friend) the blog is a new venture. I think I have a poem called “Lost” that has a quote from Matt up the top have a look. Thanks again Tony.

  3. Thanks for your comment. Matt’s poetic nature definitely doesn’t diminish his philosophical project. Language is structured for very mundane, functional purposes, and isn’t particularly well suited for philosophy. In the end, scientist, philosopher, and poet, alike, are simply trying to understand the world, and there is no genuine difference between the enterprises. Each pushes language to limits in various ways.

    It’s nice to have you around. Take care.

  4. Hi David
    You know me already from chess.com (torrubirubi). I am happy to see that we share some interests. I did some work on history of science. I am interested in underrated hypotheses (especially on evolutionary hypotheses; on of my main focus is on palaeoanthropological ideas), and I am also very interested in philosophy of science. You can check my dissertation, it is published online.
    http://wiredspace.wits.ac.za/handle/10539/16924
    The dissertation is rather large. You will probably be interested in the work on Benoit de Maillet; you will find it in the Appendix. De Maillet’s ideas are great to understand how wrong historians of science can be in their analyses of hypotheses proposed in the past. Let me know what did you think about this specific chapter, if you have the time to go through it (it perhaps also interesting for you because the connection between De Maillet and Descartes, as you will see).
    Something else could be interesting for you in this dissertation: I presented there the first prove that apes are able to swim and to dive (the fact that they usually are kept in zoos on islands since centuries did people believe that they are not able to learn to swim – but they are, exactly as we humans). The thing is that nobody saw as necessary to check this “fact”.

    My interested in chess came among others from analogies that I see between the process of creating hypotheses in science and the process of finding moves in chess.

    • Hi, Renato.

      That’s a coincidence that we are both interested in the history of science. We studied the Telliamed at IU Bloomington, so I have some familiarity. I’ll have a look at your dissertation.

      Take Care!

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