Ever since leaving Twitter, I seem to be getting worse and slower with online-profile maintenance (keeping up with updates, inane self-promotion, etc, etc.). But this seems a consequence of my increasing enjoyment of being focussed on thinking, writing, and -frankly- starting to give a toss about some of the social buzz that seems to revolve around itself, more and more. Instead, I cannot stop reading and rediscovering curiosity and new things to explore. (After 2 years of semi-draught, the floodgates are open again.)
Has anything happened this year, this summer, at all? Yes, quite a lot actually. But academia would not be academia if it did not take its time to see daylight.
A few things this summer:
(1) I was on Mind Chat with Philip Goff and Keith Frankish. We had a blast!
Youtube link and Apple Podcast
(2) I had the utter joy to join a grad workshop in honor of the wonderful Hasok Chang's new book "Realism for Realistic People" in Copenhagen (Symposium link)
(2) Then I got admittedly a little starstruck by being on the same panel as Jean-Pierre Changeux (!) at FENS 2022 in Paris. I remember reading him when I first got obsessed with GPCSs... and then thinking about the brain via evolutionary developments and... getting from there to the mind. We talked about interdisciplinarity, the exchange between neuroscience and philosophy, and the audience had such great questions. Symposium link "Are we equipped to work interdisciplinary?" by the dream-team of Markus Kunze, Igor Branchi, and Isabella Sarto-Jackson (and feat. discussant Sidney Carls-Diamante).
(3) I was on holiday. For the first time since 2013. No emails. By the rural beachside in the Netherlands. It was heaven. I need to live less online.
(3) New papers soon coming. One is accepted (with the awesome Barry C. Smith for Philosophy Compass, we talk about how to study smell philosophically), the other paper ... is looking like it is coming out even sooner! With my colleague Lisa Lloyd on machine learning in olfaction. Oh yeah.