Neuroconscience. Back in my undergrad I asked Shaun what he thought a good blog name might be for my research interests- he suggested ‘conscience’. Conscience has a split etymology: in English it typically refers to moral consciousness or morality in general. In french and latin however, the word can also mean ‘consciousness’ and ‘the science of consciousness’. The name stuck.
I tacked “neuro” on the front as no matter how interdisciplinary I may be, I’m at heart a neuroscientist. I think it’s my least favorite part of the title, but at least it’s true to content. Anyway, the goal of this blog, and my research, is to investigate ongoing shifts in society, brain,and consciousness in order to empower human beings with self-understanding. We live in troubled times, and I fundamentally believe that if we are survive them, we must get to know ourselves a bit better. Further, I fully embrace the notion that cognitive science is not just a dry field of effete navel gazing but a crucial endeavor to understand human nature. Certainly the public is ever interested in what cognitive science can teach about mind and life, and as such this blog is aimed at both my colleagues and the wider ‘folk’.
You can expect posts to primarily follow my research interests, which are varied but do cluster around some key topics. These typically include plasticity, training, meta and social-cognition, predictive coding, embodied and extended cognitive science, consciousness research, and more theoretical issues in cognitive science regarding information theory and philosophy of science. At times I may use this space to review papers I am currently reading- such reviews are read at your own caution and reflect only my ongoing understanding of that paper, rather than a final professional assessment. In general, all posts should be regarded as ongoing musings and as such, are subject to deep flaws and hideous oversights. If you would prefer a more professional flavor, please refer to my published journal articles.
Finally, as this is a research blog, in which I will be developing ideas along the course of my PhD, I emphasize that many of the ideas may be half-formed and not really ready for public consumption. I believe that writing and sharing are important educational tools, and that by developing my ideas in the public sphere I might be less prone to dogma and dead-ends. Please understand that all posts are thus a kind of exploratory record of my thoughts and not necessarily sound scientific or philosophical quality!