About Me

I am a neurophilosopher and writer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. My primary research interests are in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science and moral and political philosophy. I also write on politics, from a conservative point of view; and on religion, from a traditional LDS (Mormon) perspective.

But, do not think that I am just your typical nerd (though I am that also). I am also an avid sports fan, with allegiance to the USC Trojans, Pittsburgh Steelers, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Yankees, Boston Bruins, and Manchester United. Most importantly, I am also the proud husband of one of the most wonderful women in the world, Eliza Ann LaCour

Areas of specialization: Philosophy of mind, Cognitive science, Free Will, Metaethics, Political Philosophy

Influences: David Hume, Willard Van Orman Quine, Hilary Putnam, Daniel DennettBertrand Russell, Charles DarwinAlan Turing, Thomas Sowell, Patricia Churchland, Steven Pinker, Blake Ostler, Steven Peck, Simon Blackburn, John Kekes

*This blog is named in honor of the book Word and Object by Willard Van Orman Quine
** This blog is edited by Eliza Ann LaCour & Emily Mecham Wilson


  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.

    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.

  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.



    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.

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