- Research Program Mentor
PhD candidate at Stanford University
BioI'm a 4th-year PhD student in the Philosophy department at Stanford University. I've always been interested in traditional philosophical questions especially about skepticism of various sorts. I've recently become more interested in the myriad forms of cooperation we engage in, as well as norms and practices that structure our communities for collaboration, inquiry, and deliberation. When I'm not thinking about how to make sure I'm not in the Matrix, I really enjoy opera, Chelsea F.C., and traveling with my fiance! I am really excited to mentor at Polygence because I know how important philosophy has been in my own life, and how much I benefitted from mentors in my own life. To hopefully help cultivate and foster the philosophical interests of students in this kind of setting would be a great way of paying forward the incredible intellectual privileges I've enjoyed!
Norms of Cooperation: Politics and Science
Much of American society holds scientific practice and debate as the gold standard for objective and successful cooperation. By contrast, American political life is considered an abject failure: divisive, polarized, and gridlocked. What explains this discrepancy and is it accurate? Are the motivations of scientists or their subject matter what accounts for their comparative success? Are structural features of scientific practice or its norms responsible for this percieved discrepancy? What can the political sphere learn from scientific practice?