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Teaching 2010-11 Research and Scholarship
Level 3 Non-Honours Enkinaesthesia
Consciousness and Cognition (2RAW) An Enactive Account of Aplasic Phantoms
Space, Cyberspace and the Self (2RFW) Kant, Kinaesthesia and Technology
Senior Honours Machine Consciousness
Kant's EpistemologyAgency and Embodiment
Senior Honours ConsciousnessBodily Imagination and Consciousness
Post-GraduateThe Ontology of Digital Objects
An Introduction to PhenomenologyTeaching & Technology
Ethics and Artificial Intelligence / Artificial Life
Animal Minds

Centre for Technology and Phenomenological Research

The primary aim of the Centre for Technology and Phenomenological Research is to conduct and facilitate research into the nature of subjective experience in itself, but also into how it is influenced and shaped by the dual necessities of intersubjectivity and technology.

Symposium 18-19 February 2010

Expression, Engagement, Embodiment: The Ecology of Situation Transcendence

This symposium has two aims. The first is to draw out the subtleties of expression and engagement which are the result of bodies in dialogical relations of community and reciprocity*. Agential bodies are affective sensory-kinaesthetic systems which spill out into the world and into the lives of others. It is this spilling out which establishes the community and reciprocity of felt co-engagement, and it is this co-engagement which is fleshed out in first-order languaging, the expressive, meaningful, cognitive bodily dynamics which acts as the necessary precursor to second-order cultural and linguistic communication. The natural assumption - perhaps even a nomological condition for agency - is embodiment, but it is not a strictly-bounded embodiment; the skin of the body is not the limit of the agent's felt world. Our focus will be on the interrelations between, on the one hand, ecologically extended agency and the world-creating ecologies of first-order languaging, and, on the other hand, situation transcendence which appears as changes in the dynamics of embodied first-order interactions. Situation transcendence situationally springs from our being agents embedded in a languaged ecology, for example, when socio-cultural normativity functions as attractors in a complex system of interacting and co-acting bodies. And so, our second aim is an explicit challenge to the constrained and constricting view of the "extended mind".

* The use of 'reciprocity' should not be taken to imply any symmetry or equality of feeling or response.

Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section

Chair of the Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society, November 2009 - ongoing.


Computation, Information, Cognition -- The Nexus and The Liminal

is a book of essays selected from ECAP05 and edited by me and Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic. It draws together a number of important strands in contemporary approaches to the philosophical and scientific questions that emerge when dealing with the issues of computing, information, cognition and the conceptual issues that arise at their intersections. [ISBN: 9781847180902]

Teaching Award

In 2005/06 I was awarded a University of Glasgow Teaching Excellence Award.

European Computing and Philosophy Conferences (E-CAP)

Director 2003-2008

E-CAP is the European branch of The International Association for Computing and Philosophy which exists to promote scholarly dialogue on all aspects of the computational turn and the use of computers in the service of philosophy.

The University of Glasgow hosted the first E-CAP conference in 2003; the second was hosted by the Universitá di Pavia, Italy in 2004; the third by the Mälardalens Högskola, Västerås, Sweden in 2005; the fourth by the Dragvoll campus of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway in 2006; the fifth by the University of Twente, The Netherlands, 2007, and the sixth E-CAP 2008 was hosted by Professeur Jean Sallantin of Le Laboratoire d'Informatique, de Robotique et de Microélectronique de Montpellier (LIRMM) in June 2008.

Other Things

Currently we have only one cat, Basil; but until February 2009 he had a beautiful friend, Millie, and here's a picture of all three of us. Basil also goes by the pseudonym of Professor B. Ratbone.

Here is the gloriously handsome Mr Finn: One, Two, and Three who died on the 18th July 2001.

I like Elizabethan drama (Shakespeare, of course) and poetry, especially Fulke Greville and Richard Lovelace's The Snayl. And then onwards through the age of Dryden to Restoration drama and the Prosody of the Seventeenth Century.

I enjoy reading Dickens and am particularly fond of Bleak House, Great Expectations and Pickwick Papers.

My favourite film is Alfred Hitchcock's marvellous Shadow of a Doubt with Joseph Cotten as Uncle Charlie and Patricia Collinge as his sister, Emma Newton. It's a masterful tale about the loss of innocence and the pain of misplaced trust.

I also like Wallace Stevens and e. e. cummings.

If I had an avatar, it might be this chap.

And the best song ever from the European Song Contest: Vicky Leandros singing "L'amour Est Bleu" (1967) . Luxembourg should have won!

Here are some of my favourite photographs: white rose in my Mum's garden, San Francisan limpets and barnacles, a flower from the Botanic Gardens in Oulu, Finland.

Oh, and this is me and little me.

And lastly, for anyone who reads down this far, my religion of choice is, Pastafarianism and here's Pastafarianism on Wiki.

PGP: my key

... and finally ...

My Contact Details

Office Hour for 2010/2011:

I will be free for student consultation on

Thursdays (in term time) from 9.30am - 11am

At other times you can contact me by email (probably the most efficient method) at

... or by snail mail at:

Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute,
Room 503, 11 University Gardens
University of Glasgow,
G12 8QQ

Tel.: 0141 330 5046