I recently taught a course on science fiction and philosophy. My syllabus is available here.
I founded a reading group on the philosophy of physics at the University of Michigan. We recently hosted a workshop on the foundations of statistical mechanics.
Guest Post: Chip Sebens on the Many-Interacting-Worlds Approach to Quantum Mechanics (2014), on Sean Carroll's Preposterous Universe blog
Quantum Mechanics, Three Ways (2014), poster presented to undergraduate physics students
I study the philosophy of physics, focusing on the foundations of quantum theory. I'm curious about whether our best ways of understanding non-relativistic quantum mechanics (such as Bohmian mechanics, Everettian QM, and GRW theory) can be extended to quantum field theory. In addition, I'd like to better understand how probability arises in various interpretations of quantum mechanics. Particularly, I am interested in the ways in which self-locating uncertainty arises in quantum mechanics and how we ought to respond to it. I also have research interests in formal epistemology and metaphysics.
I have just finished my fifth and final year as a graduate student at the University of Michigan. I will be spending the 2015-2016 academic year at the California Institute of Technology as a postdoctoral instructor. I will start in 2016 as an assistant professor in the department of philosophy at the University of California, San Diego.
This poster situates my recent research questions in the broader project of figuring out how to best formulate quantum mechanics. For an accessible introduction to the debate, check out this video.
Killer Collapse: Empirically Probing the Philosophically Unsatisfactory Region of GRW (forthcoming), in Synthese [abstract] [PhilSci archive]
Self-Locating Uncertainty and the Origin of Probability in Everettian Quantum Mechanics (forthcoming), with Sean Carroll,
in the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
[abstract] [draft] [blog I, II, III]
Quantum Mechanics as Classical Physics (2015), in Philosophy of Science [abstract] [arXiv] [handout] [blog] [featured in Nature News]
Many Worlds, the Born Rule, and Self-Locating Uncertainty (2014),
with Sean Carroll, in Quantum Theory: A Two-Time Success Story, Yakir Aharonov Festschrift [abstract] [arXiv (updated version)]