University of Connecticut
Department of Philosophy
PhD, 2000
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America
  • Isomorphism in Mind
    Dissertation, The University of Connecticut. 2000.
    Many models of the mind, both philosophical and psychological, invoke the mathematician's concept of isomorphism. Various theories posit that representation consists in isomorphism between a representation and that which it represents, that spatially distributed sensory states are realized in brain states to which they are isomorphic, or that psychological state spaces are realized in neural state spaces to which they are isomorphic. Among these theories, isomorphism is sometimes used as a metho…Read more
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    Ecological color
    Philosophical Psychology 12 (2): 197-214. 1999.
    In his 1995 book Colour vision (New York: Routledge), Evan Thompson proposes a new approach to the ontology of color according to which it is tied to the ecological dispositions-affordances described by J.J. Gibson and his followers. Thompson claims that a relational account of color is necessary in order to avoid the problems that go along with the dispute between subjectivists and objectivists about color, but he claims that the received view of perception does not allow a satisfactory relatio…Read more
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    What's in a structure?
    Behavioral and Brain Sciences 24 (4): 708-709. 2001.
    Shepard's general approach provides little specific information about the implementation of laws in brains. Theories that turn on an isomorphism between some domain and the brain, of which Shepard's is one, do not provide specific detail about the implementation of the structures they propose. But such detail is a necessary part in an explanation of mind. [Shepard].
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    Explaining metamers: Right degrees of freedom, not subjectivism
    with Michael T. Turvey and Kevin Shockley
    Consciousness and Cognition 10 (1): 105-116. 2001.