My areas of research in philosophy are semiotics (Peirce, Percy), existentialism (Kierkegaard), existential ethics (Bonhoeffer), and theology (Chesterton, Derrida, MacDonald, Zizek). My interests in biology include population genetics, evolutionary theory, and the co-evolution of bacterial pathogenicity and human immune response. My interstitial interests include biosemiotics (Deacon, Emmeche, Hoffmeyer, Seboek, von Uexkull), the creation of a lived or existential philosophy of mind as found at the intersection of neuroscience and psychology (Damasio, Edelman, Ramachandran, Sacks), and the elucidation of a realetik vis-a-vis the biological and metabiological natures of human reality.
Favorite Authors and/or Books: On Writing by Stephen King; Les Misérables by Victor Hugo; The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins; That Hideous Strength by CS Lewis; The Faerie Queen by Edmund Spenser, and Unspoken Sermons by George MacDonald as well as any poetry by John Donne
Favorite Musical Artists: Bruce Cockburn, Billy Joel, Ruben Blades, Bruce Springsteen, JS Bach, & Poul Krebs
Personal Interests and Hobbies: I am fortunate to be interested in practically everything (except maybe hedge funds).
A Favorite Quote: I have found from past experiences that the tighter your plan the more likely you are to run into obstacles. –MacGyver
Favorite TV Show: M*A*S*H (after Trapper leaves)
One thing that makes me smile is: the delight my dogs seem to have when they’re allowed to run off leash.
A Pet Peeve is: when students ask whether they “missed anything important” in the last class!!!
One hidden talent is: obviously one I intend to keep hidden!
One reason I like my job is: because I get to work with young people.