Disenchanted with the dominant information processing paradigm in cognitive psychology, I shifted my focus to philosophy in my mid-undergraduate years at Wilfrid Laurier University. Since then my consciousness and cognition have been directed at the philosophy of consciousness and cognition.
I have found, in the work of two very different philosophers now sitting on my thesis committee, ideas that challenge the information processing assumptions that still infect a good deal of cognitive psychology and cognitive science more generally. My task now is to further develop and integrate those ideas. That task has begun in earnest within the pages of my dissertation on the compatibility of “Autopoietic” enactivism and the extended mind.
When my dissertation is (soon) completed, my overall task will still require years of writing and research best accomplished within the context of a tenure-stream position with a decent teaching load.