My name is David Colaço.
My last name also appears as Colaco (without the cedilla).
I am an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral research fellow at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, LMU Munich.
In 2019, I completed my PhD at the University of Pittsburgh in the department of History and Philosophy of Science. I also completed the Graduate Training Program offered by the Center for Neural Basis of Cognition.
My research is in the history and philosophy of science. My dissertation addresses how researchers discover, characterize, and conceptualize the targets of their scientific investigations: so-called scientific phenomena.
My present research addresses failures of scientific reasoning, or cases in which scientists (and philosophers who investigate science) incorrectly reason about the status of the phenomena they seek to investigate. I integrate psychological and formal accounts of reasoning with the analysis of cases from the history of science. By integrating these areas of research, I analyze these failures and their implications for scientific reasoning. For each failure of reasoning, I address what makes it a failure, its consequences, and how it can be resolved. However, scientists are not solely responsible for these failures, as several philosophical accounts do not identify them as such. Thus, my project not only addresses these failures; I criticize accounts that permit them as well.
I was interviewed by the APA in 2021. You can find the interview here.
I am the co-creator and former host of Let's go the Archives, a series on pieces in the Archives of Scientific Philosophy at Pitt's Hillman Library. The series can be found here on the Center for Philosophy of Science YouTube Page.