- BA, University of Toronto (Philosophy and Cognitive Science)
- BPhil, Oxford
- PhD, University of Toronto
Aaron’s recent PhD thesis investigates the phenomenology of perceptual attention and whether this aspect of subjective experience can be adequately explained in either intentionalist or direct realist terms. This has been a tremendously fun and rewarding experience, and he hopes to do more work on this topic in the future.
His other research interests all relate in one way or another to the nature of the mind—especially consciousness and perceptual experience— both as it is investigated within philosophy and within the cognitive sciences.
Recently, he has been thinking about how we might characterize ‘background states’ or what neuroscientists sometimes call ‘levels’ of consciousness, such as the differences among normal wakefulness, extreme drowsiness, delirium, and REM sleep, and how this dimension of arousal or alertness might contribute to the phenomenal character of experience.
Aaron also likes to play squash and go to the gym.
Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Mind