About Me

I am a philosopher, cognitive scientist, computer scientist, and writer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. I belong to the school of thought known as American Pragmatism, which traces it roots to thinkers such as Charles Sanders Peirce, John Dewey, and William James in the late nineteeth and early twentieth centuries, and also Hilary Putnam and Willard Van Orman Quine in the latter parts of the twentieth century. I also write on politics, from a libertarian conservative point of view; and on religion, from a traditional LDS (Mormon) perspective.

Areas of specialization: Philosophy of mind, Cognitive science, Artificial intelligence, Moral philosophy, Political philosophy

Influences: David Hume, Charles Darwin, Baruch Spinoza, Daniel Dennett, Hilary Putnam, Bertrand Russell, Alan Turing, Thomas Sowell, Steven Pinker, Blake Ostler, Steven L. Peck, Simon Blackburn, John Kekes, Noam Chomsky


6 comments:

  1. Tarkin, I just discovered your blog and I am enjoying what you have to say. I am an attorney and I'm wondering why you want to get a JD. It's very expensive and could shackle you to debt for a long time.

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    1. Collin,

      First, my name is Tarik. Second, I am getting a JD in addition to a PhD because I am may not get a teaching position in philosophy and need a fall back plan.

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  2. Good evening Tarik:

    I am interested in reading Blake Ostlers writings. Which one would you recommend first? Also if you could direct me to a author that is not LDS that writes extensively of evolution and theology combined I would appreciate it.

    Thanks,

    Papa

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    1. Kurt,

      For Blake Ostler his book Fire on the Horizon is the best place to start.

      As for evolution and theology, I would recommend The Language of God by Francis Collins. Collins is a geneticist and an evangelical Christian. Former head of the Human genome project and current director of the NIH.

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  3. Thank you. Collins has been referenced a number of times in biblical scholars writing.

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