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Russ McBride

April 2013
 
 
Cognitive Scientist in Residence
David Eccles School of Business
Department of Strategy & Entrepreneurship
1655 East Campus Center Dr.
Room #1113
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT 84060



801-587-8588
Russ.mcbride@utah.edu
http://www.russmcbride.com

EDUCATION
University of California, Berkeley: Ph.D. 2009 (The Homeostatic Mind: A Developmental Study of Object Cognition)
Stanford University: A.M. (Master's Thesis: Consciousness and the Context Problem)
University of California, Berkeley: B.A. Honors

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Philosophy of mind (cognitive science), Entrepreneurship.

AREAS OF COMPETENCE
Consciousness, cognitive psychology, embodied cognition, artificial intelligence, epistemology,
American philosophy, logic (introductory), philosophy of science, environmental health.

OTHER TEACHING INTERESTS

Pragmatism, artificial intelligence, computing techniques, naturalized approaches
to ethics, developmental psychology, Nietzsche, embodied theories of cognition, simulation semantics.

DISSERTATION
The Homeostatic Mind: A Developmental Study of Object Cognition
How do we come to interact with a world that presents itself as pre-divided into objects? Objects
are discerned through interactions, interactions are executed under the control of an agent, and
control is best understood as a homeostatic system.
Committee: Professors Hans Sluga, Chair (Dept. of Philosophy), John Searle (Dept. of
Philosophy), and George Lakoff (Dept. of Linguistics).

PUBLICATIONS
McBride, Russ & Kauffman, Stuart (in preparation). The Evolution and Function of Consciousness.
McBride, Russ (in preparation). Toward a Unified Theory of Mind, Body, and Behavior.
McBride, Russ (in preparation). A Conceptual and Empirical Foundation for a definition
of Entrepreneurship.
McBride, Russ (in preparation). The Ontology of Entrepreneurial Opportunity.
McBride, Russ (in preparation as a book). The Homeostatic Mind.
McBride, Russ. (2012). “A Framework for Error Correction under Prediction“.
Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 3, no. 411. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00411
McBride, Russ. (1999). “Consciousness and the state/transitive/creature distinction”.
Philosophical Psychology, vol. 12, no. 2, pp 181-196. Download a copy here. Manson response
Horn, Robert, Russ McBride, Jeff Yoshimi. (1998). Can Computers Think: The History and
Status of the Debate. A series of 7 maps and handbook. MacroVu Inc. BainBridge, WA. Images here
McBride, Russ. (1994). Consciousness and the Context Problem. Master's Thesis. Philosophy
Dept., Stanford University.

PRESENTATIONS
Rosenthal's Higher-Order Theory of Consciousness. Poster Presentation. (1996). Tucson, AZ.
Toward a Science of Consciousnes Conference.
Consciousness and the Tripartite Distinction. (1997). Tucson, AZ. Toward a Science of
Consciousness Conference.
Analysis of Higher-Order Approaches to Conscious Experience. (1999). U.C. Berkeley. Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference.
Turing's Claim and the Status of Artificial Intelligence. (2000). U.C.S.F. Sponsored by the
Bhaktivedanta Institute.
The Homeostatic Mind. (2013). University of Utah Psychology Dept.
Toward a Unified Theory of Mind, Body, and Behavior. (2013). University of Utah Philosophy Dept.
Toward a Unified Theory of Mind, Body, and Behavior. (2013). International Conference on
Cognitive Science and Psychology. Amsterdam.
The Ontology of Entrepreneurial Opportunity. (2013). Academy of Management. Orlando, FL

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
College of Alameda (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999), primary instructor:
    Introductory logic
    Introduction to philosophy
Laney College (1995 - 1999), primary instructor:
    Introduction to philosophy
U.C. Berkeley, teaching assistant (1999 - 2009):
    Philosophy of mind (under John Searle, 1998)
    Philosophy of science (under Thomas Ryckman, 1999)
    Introductory logic (under Paolo Mancosu, 2000)
    Cognitive science (under Bill Prinzmetal, Dept. of Psychology, 2006)
    The Nature of Mind (under John Campbell, 2006)
    Linguistics and cognitive science (under Geoge Lakoff, Dept. of Linguistics, 2007)
SupeInfo University:
    Artificial Intelligence (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
University of Utah
    Entrepreneurship (2013)

OTHER RELEVANT EMPLOYMENT
Lexington Institute, researcher in philosophy & artificial intelligence
Programmer, UC Berkeley's IST dept.

HONORS AND AWARDS
    The Dean's Fellowship, Normative Time, 2003-4
    Ars Digita University Philip Greenspun full MA scholarship, 2002
    Who's Who Among American Teachers, 1998
    Cum Laude, U.C. Berkeley
    Golden Key Honors Society, U.C. Berkeley
    Faculty scholarship, Pepperdine University
    Seaver scholarship, Pepperdine University

COURSES TAKEN
Undergraduate courses--
    Moral philosophy (Prof. Samuel Sheffler)
    Philosophy of language (Prof. John Searle)
    Cognitive science & philosophy (Prof. George Lakoff)
    Epistemology (Prof. John Perry)
    Introductory logic (Prof. David Gibson)
    Modern Philosophy (Prof. David Gibson)
    Philosophy of mind (Prof. John Searle)
    Philosophy of Language (Prog. John Searle)
    Philosophical methods (Prof. Bruce Vermazen)
    Later Wittgenstein (Prof. Barry Stroud)
    Nietzsche (Prof. Hans Sluga)
    Early Nietzsche (Prof. Wallace Matson)     Kant (Prof. Hanna Ginsborg)
    Plato (Prof. Wallace Matson)
    Ancient philosophy (Prof. Paul Feyerabend)
    Philosophy of religion (Prof. Wallace Matson)
    Philosophy of science (Prof. John Dupré)
    Analytic philosophy (Prof. Hans Sluga)

Graduate seminars--
    Animal cognition (Prof. Fred Dretske)
    Aristotle (Prof. Alan Code)
    First year graduate seminar (Prof. Barry Stroud and Prof. Richard Wollheim)
    Aristotle's Rhetoric (Prof. Christof Rapp)
    Metaphysics (Prof. Barry Stroud)
    Philosophy of science (Prof. Peter Godfrey-Smith)
    Approaches to consciousness (Prof. Güzeldere)
    Aesthetics and psychology (Prof. Steve Palmer, Dept. of Psychology)
    Fuzzy Logic (Prof. Lotfi Zadeh, Dept of Electrical Engineering)
    Free will & society (Prof. John Searle)
    Vagueness (Prof. John MacFarlane)
    Consciousness (Prof. Alva Nöe)
    Ethics and values (Prof. Samuel Sheffler)

NATURAL LANGUAGES
French

PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES
Objective-C
Ruby
Python

REFERENCES
John Searle, Prof. of Philosophy, UC Berkeley searle@berkeley.edu
Hans Sluga, Prof. of Philosophy, UC Berkeley sluga@berkeley.edu
George Lakoff, Prof. of Linguistics, UC Berkeley lakoff@berkeley.edu
Bruce Mangan, Instructor, UC Berkeley mangan@cogsci.berkeley.edu
William Schulze, Prof. of Management, University of Utah william.schulze@utah.edu

DOSSIER AVAILABLE FROM:
Mr. David Lynaugh, Graduate Assistant, Department of Philosophy, 314 Moses Hall, University of
California, Berkeley, CA 94720-2390. E-mail:dlynaugh@berkeley.edu

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