I returned from Sydney to become the Chair of the Philosophy
Department. As a result I'm teaching only two courses,
PHIL 146 (Philosophy of Physics) and PHIL 245 (Philosophy of
Science: Environment). The latter will be the first grad
seminar on the environment in the Department. See my
teaching page for details.
I'm still plugging away on my book on time, physics and
psychology. Meanwhile I've written a paper on the
metaphysics of the quantum state, another on causal set theory
and time (with my colleague Chris Wuthrich), and soon I'll
begin thinking about black hole thermodynamics. However,
most of my recent efforts are directed at time perception.
I'm a Professor of Philosophy at UCSD. I've been here since 2001. Previously I was in the Department of Philosophy, Logic & Scientific Method at the London School of Economics. Before that I obtained my Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1997.
My main areas of research are:
- Philosophy of Science
- Philosophy of Physics
I also have teaching interests in environmental ethics, among other topics.
I'm particularly interested in the intersection of time and
modern science, the interpretation of quantum mechanics, the
foundations of statistical mechanics, the metaphysics of
science, and various issues about spacetime. Lately I've been
working on a large book — tentatively entitled What Makes
Time Special — that tries to show how our manifest
image of time might arise in creatures embedded in a world
like ours. I've also been working on phase transitions, the
equivalence principle, the nature of the quantum state, and
various temporal value asymmetries. I've published in
philosophy, physics, and law journals — here is a (probably
Here are some links relevant to our very active philphysics
California Philosophy of Physics Reading Group, the UCSD
Philosophy of Physics Research Group and the UCSD Philosophy
of Science Reading Group.