Research interests

A lot of my work is theoretical, sometimes even philosophical in flavour. But I also do some experiments and develop mathematical & computational models. My papers are on the academic publications page.

COMMUNICATION IN HUMANS & OTHER SPECIES
Human communication is manifestly different to the communication of other species, but the exact nature of this difference remains disputed. What are the differences? What are the similarities?

COMMUNICATION & CULTURE
Culture emerges as the product of many micro-interactions between individual minds, and communication is the main means by which this happens. How does the way in which communication works, affect the spread of information in human groups?

EVOLUTIONARY EXPLANATION IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
The social sciences increasingly recognise the potential and utility of evolutionary perspectives. Humans are animals after all. But the nature and extent of this potential is disputed. What exactly does an evolutionary perspective offer, and what are its limits?

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Philosophy of language, art & communication, evolution of languages, pragmatics, philosophy of science, evolutionary psychology, cultural evolution, cognitive development, honesty, commitment, trust, reasoning, and other such topics.

I am a sometime contributor to the International Cognition & Culture Institute; an excellent forum for discussion of the latest research on these and other such topics.