About Me

I am a philosopher, cognitive scientist, and writer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. I belong to the school of thought known as American Pragmatism (or perhaps more properly Neopragmatism). 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, Artificial intelligence, Moral philosophy, Political philosophy, Philosophy of language

Influences: David Hume, Charles Darwin, Daniel Dennett, Hilary Putnam, Willard Van Orman QuineWilfrid Sellars, Bertrand RussellAlan Turing, Thomas SowellSteven Pinker, Blake Ostler, Steven Peck, John Kekes, Simon Blackburn

*This blog is named in honor of the book Realism with a Human Face by Hilary Putnam


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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