Welcome to my academic website.
Over the last few decades I’ve been engaged in research in a variety of subjects including the illusory nature of time’s passage, the nature and status of physical properties, causality, the mind-body problem, decision theory, and paradoxes in probability theory. I will post a selection of my published and unpublished articles to this site and make periodic updates.
My book, Paradoxes in Probability Theory, is now available at Springer and Amazon. It offers resolutions to seven paradoxes, two of which are new but all of which are either unsettled or settled in a manner I believe to be incorrect. Here is a link to a PDF version of the introduction and table of contents.
To anyone interested in the philosophy of time, I’d like to call attention to “Causal Time Asymmetry” in which a geometry of causal relations is developed, forging a principled connection of the time asymmetry of cause and effect to that of entropy increase. This has unexpected implications regarding our knowledge of the past.
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Click on the links below to open a PDF version of the article.
Probability Theory and the Doomsday Argument
Originally published in Mind, Vol. 102, No. 407 (July 1993), pp. 483-488.
Causal Time Asymmetry
Originally published in Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, Vol. 37, Issue 3 (September 2006), pp. 439-466.
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