The Biography of Pete Mandik
I was born in Illinois in 1969 and my first conscious mental acts were to conceive of the possibility of inverted spectra and attempt to directly introspect my brain states as such. I live in New York City and my main current gigs involve running the programs in Philosophy and Cognitive Science at William Paterson University in New Jersey. Most of my brain-juice is expended doing research in areas like the Philosophy of Mind, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Artificial Life. I've written a whole bunch of stuff on consciousness and mental representation most of which is from the point of view of someone who wishes he knew a lot more about brains.
Allow me to recommend that you check out my blog, Brain Hammer. Reading it may be very much like getting hit with a hammer. On the brain. Also, it may provide pleasant stimulation for those few perverse intellectuals equally adept at quoting the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus and Spinal Tap.
As if that wasn't fun enough for one person, stuff I do "for fun" involves building robots, drawing comix, taking photographs, painting paintings, and fictioning fictions.
In case it isn't overwhelmingly obvious yet, allow me to point out that I am totally, hopelessly, and helplessly in love with myself. I routinely send myself cards and flowers. And not just on special occasions, but sometimes just to let myself know how much I really care and want to be there for myself. I love to take long romantic walks on the beach with myself. Sometimes I'll just stand there, holding my own hand, looking deep into my own eyes, and sniffing my own hair. And then I whisper into my own ear, "I love you, me."
Check out the publications page for some new and upcoming publications: "Supervenience and Neuroscience" in Synthese, "Swamp Mary's Revenge: Deviant Phenomenal Knowledge and Physicalism" in Philosophical Studies, and "Beware of the Unicorn: Consciousness as Being Represented and Other Things that Don't Exist" in Journal of Consciousness Studies.
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