About

Bioethicist, Neuroethicist, Philosopher

Associate Professor of Philosophy & Bioethics

Affiliate Associate Professor of Kinesiology & Integrative Physiology

Coordinator, Bioethics Minor

Michigan Technological University

"Thus the unfacts, did we possess them, are too imprecisely few to warrant our certitude..."

I'm a neuroethicist/bioethicist/philosopher at Michigan Technological University, where I teach ethics and bioethics, and hold down the neuroethics fort in the snowy wilderness of northern Michigan. I'm a member of the Neuroethics Working Group of the NIH BRAIN Initiative, Associate Editor for Neuroethics, and the co-founder of the American Society for Bioethics + Humanities Animal Bioethics Affinity Group.

My rearch focuses on ethical issues related to brain injuries, including sport-related neurotrauma, brain death, and disorders of consciousness. I'm currently working on the ethical, epistemic, and metaphysical uncertainties that arise in relation to recent neuroscientific discoveries about disorders of consciousness. Lately I've been thinking a lot about facts, unfacts, certainty, and uncertainty in medical ethics. I also work on ethical issues in sports and sports medicine, and animal ethics.

My interest in all things with brains includes every kind of critter, zombies, and robots.

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