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John Williams, PhD

Faculty Member

Center for Neurocognition and Behavior | Center for Neurocomputation and Machine Intelligence | Center for Neurodevelopment and Plasticity

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Philosophies of mind, phenomenology, mindfulness and collective memory

I am interested in literature and media as expressions of the "extended mind." My current book manuscript project engages with philosophies of brain and mind science as related to experiences of time, particularly with the notion of a "living now." I am particularly fascinated by the rise of the contemporary mindfulness industry, which claims to help adherents to "be here now" in ways that implicitly address long-standing philosophical questions about time and memory. I also co-teach a class with Prof. Samuel McDougle called "The Science and Culture of Memory," in which we explore both longstanding philosophical questions about mind and brain as well as new and classic research in neuroscience.