I study what makes us human.
I’m Senior Researcher in the Social Mind Center and the Department of Cognitive Science at Central European University, Budapest. I work across disciplines, sitting between and drawing on psychology, anthropology, linguistics, philosophy, & evolutionary biology.
My first book, Speaking Our Minds, has been reviewed as “The most important and the best book ever written on the evolution of language” and “The best linguistics book I’ve read in 10 years”. See here for details and more reviews.
I’m currently working on a second book. Aimed at a broad, general audience, it’s provisionally entitled Upon The People: A natural science of human culture. It’s about the link between mind & culture. How do social, human minds interact to generate & stabilise culture? How do the findings of psychology and anthropology relate to one another? How should they?
I’ve written short pieces for outlets such as Aeon, Scientific American, The Conversation; and I’ve given public talks for the British Humanist Association, Skeptics In The Pub, Digital Science and others. My academic articles and research interests are on a range of topics relevant to the links between mind and culture, for instance cultural evolution, fine art, great apes, language acquisition, philosophy of biology, and so on.
In my spare time I dance the lindy hop. Avidly.