Curriculum Vitae

Nigel James Treharne Thomas Ph.D.

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Academic Positions and Contributions

 

Behavioral and Brain Sciences associate.

Adjunct Professor in History of Science, California State University, Los Angeles, 1995 - 2009.

Assessing Editor for The Journal of Mind and Behavior - 1993 - Present.

Referee for the Journal of Consciousness Studies - 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2013.

Referee for Springer-Verlag - 2012.

Referee for the Journal of Philosophical Research - 2012.

Referee for the journal Synthése - 2006, 2010.

Referee for the journal Philosophical Psychology - 2003, 2010.

Adjunct Professor in Logic, Woodbury University (Burbank, California) - 2001.

Referee for the journal Consciousness and Cognition - 2001.

Referee for papers on Philosophy of Science and Perception for the Cognitive Science Society Annual Conference - 2000.

Adjunct Professor, Department of Liberal Studies, California State University, Fullerton - 1999.

Participant in NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers on Folk Psychology vs. Mental Simulation: How Minds Understand Minds (director Robert Gordon), Department of Philosophy, University of Missouri - St. Louis, June-July 1999.

Referee for the E-Journal Psyche - 1997, 1998.

Instructor in Philosophy, Rio Hondo College, Whittier, CA - 1996, 1997.

Participant in NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers on Metaphysics of Mind (director John Heil), Department of Philosophy, Cornell University, June-August 1996.

Participant in NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers on Mental Representation (director Robert Cummins), Department of Philosophy, University of Arizona, June-August 1993.

Mellon Postdoctoral Instructor in Philosophy, California Institute of Technology, 1990-1992.

Tutor in the History and Philosophy of Psychology, University of Leeds, 1981-3, 1984-5, 1988-90.

Visiting Scholar and Teaching Assistant, Department of Psychology, University of California, Davis, 1983-4.

Tutor in the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds, 1979-80.


Academic Studies and Qualifications

Ph.D., Department of Philosophy, Leeds University (Leeds, U.K.), 1987 [Thesis: The Psychology of Perception, Imagination and Mental Representation and Twentieth Century Philosophies of Science. (ASLIB Index to Theses, 37-iii, 4561) .] (Supervisor: Dr. M.J.S. Hodge).

Graduate courses passed at University of California, Davis (1983-4) in: Metaphysics; Current Research Topics in Psychology; Perception; Human Learning and Memory; Cognitive Psychology; (Epistemology - audited only; I also designed and carried out experimental research in cognitive psychology, as well as continuing my research for my Leeds doctorate).

Participant in Anglo-Yugoslav Graduate Colloquium on Philosophy of Mind (Inter-University Center, Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia, March 1983)

Postgraduate Diploma in the History and Philosophy of Science [with distinction], Leeds University (Leeds, U.K.), 1979.

B.A. [hons. II(i)] in Humanities, Bristol Polytechnic (Bristol, U.K.), 1979. [Modules passed in: Social Anthropology; Philosophy of Mind; Concepts of the Person; Psychology; English Studies; Communication Studies; Concepts of Man (philosophical anthropology); Beliefs and Society (sociology of knowledge); The Romantic Movement in English Literature; Twentieth Century British Cultural Thought; The Modern Movement in English Literature. Honors dissertation on philosophy of science and cultural attitudes to science.]

B.Sc. [hons.III] in Biochemistry, Leeds University (Leeds, U.K.), 1973.

19th Century Studies course (Polytechnic of Central London, 1971).


Research Interests - Areas of Specialization

Philosophy of mind and psychology; philosophy of cognitive science and neuroscience; consciousness; nature and function of mental imagery in cognition; mental representation and intentionality; the concept of imagination and its history; perception; naturalized epistemology; the history of experimental psychology and neuroscience; philosophy of AI and robotics.

Teaching Interests - Areas of Competence

Introductory Philosophy; introductory logic; philosophy of mind/philosophical psychology; cognitive science; philosophy of science; history of science; epistemology; history of philosophy; relativism and realism; critical thinking; history of psychology; history of social/human sciences; history of ideas; history of western civilization.

Publications

"Experience and Theory as Determinants of Attitudes Towards Mental Representation: the case of Knight Dunlap and the Vanishing Images of J.B. Watson." - American Journal of Psychology (102) 1989 pp. 395-412.

Conference report on: BPS History and Philosophy of Psychology Section Fourth Annual Conference - British Psychological Society History and Philosophy of Psychology Newsletter (12) May 1991 pp. 43-47.

Review of The Making of Cognitive Science, edited by W. Hirst. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988) - Annals of Science (48) 1991 pp. 505-7.

Review of A Critique of Psychoanalytic Reason, by L. Chertok & I. Stengers. (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1992) - Annals of Science (51) 1994 pp. 569-570.

Review of The Imagery Debate, by Michael Tye. (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1991) - The Journal of Mind and Behavior (15) 1994 pp. 291-294.

"Imagery and the Coherence of Imagination: a Critique of White." - Journal of Philosophical Research (22) 1997 pp. 95-127.

"A Stimulus to the Imagination." (Essay review of Questioning Consciousness, by Ralph D. Ellis - Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 1995) - Psyche (3) 1997, Online serial, URL: http://www.theassc.org/files/assc/2287.pdf [PDF download].

Report on the conference: What Does Implicit Cognition Tell Us About Consciousness? [The First Conference of The Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, Claremont, California, 13-16 June, 1997] - Journal of Consciousness Studies (4) 1997 pp. 393-396.

Entries on Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins, and Marshall W. Nirenberg, in Richard Olson & Roger Smith (eds.). The Biographical Encyclopedia of Scientists, (New York: Marshall Cavendish Corp., 1998).

"Zombie Killer" - in Stewart R. Hameroff, Alfred W. Kaszniak, & Alwyn C. Scott (eds.) Toward a Science of Consciousness II: The Second Tucson Discussions and Debates. (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1998, pp. 171-177).

Entry on Imagination for the on-line Dictionary of Philosophy of Mind (Editor, Chris Eliasmith) 1999.
URL: https://sites.google.com/site/minddict/imagination

"Are Theories of Imagery Theories of Imagination? An Active Perception Approach to Conscious Mental Content." - Cognitive Science (23) 1999 pp. 207-245.

"Color Realism: Toward a Solution to the 'Hard Problem'." - Consciousness and Cognition (10) 2001 pp. 140-145.

"Perceptual Systems: Five+, One, or Many?" - Behavioral and Brain Sciences (24) 2001 pp. 241-242.

Review of The Race for Consciousness by John G. Taylor (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1999). - Mind (110) 2001 pp. 1127-1130.

"The False Dichotomy of Imagery." - Behavioral and Brain Sciences (25) 2002 p. 211.

"Mental Imagery, Philosophical Issues About." - in L. Nadel (ed.) Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science. (London: Nature Publishing/Macmillan, 2003, Volume 2, pp. 1147-1153).

Review of Consciousness, Color, and Content by Michael Tye. (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2000). - Minds and Machines (13) 2003 pp. 449-452 (with erratum: Minds and Machines (14) 2004 p. 279).

Imagining Minds [Conference Report: Bradshaw seminar, Claremont Colleges, Claremont, California, February 6-8, 2003] - Journal of Consciousness Studies (10-xi) 2003 pp. 79-84.

"Fantasi, Eliminativisme og Bevidsthedens Forhistorie." - Slagmark: Tidsskrift for Idéhistorie (46) 2006 pp.15-31. (In Danish. The original English title was "Imagination, Eliminativism, and the Pre-History of Consciousness.")

Entry on Visual Imagery and Consciousness in the Encyclopedia of Consciousness [Volume 2, pp. 445-457]. Edited by William P. Banks. Oxford: Academic Press/Elsevier, 2009.

Entry on Mental Imagery for The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Editor, Edward N. Zalta) 2013. This is a professionally refereed on-line encyclopedia (ISSN 1095-5054), editorially based at Stanford University. My entry is a comprehensive historical and conceptual treatment of imagery in philosophy and cognitive theory. Earler, incomplete versions are now superseded by the greatly exapanded and updated version first published in 2007 and most recently revised in 2013:
http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/mental-imagery/

The Multidimensional Spectrum of Imagination: Images, Dreams, Hallucinations, and Active, Imaginative Perception - under submission.

Presentations

"The Varieties of Iconophobia and the Strange Case of J.B. Watson's Lost Images." - delivered at the First Annual Conference of the History and Philosophy Section of the British Psychological Society, Ilkley, U.K., April 1987.

Chair of symposium on "The Grand View of Images: from Philosophy to Anthropology." at the 11th American Imagery Conference, New York city, November 1987.

"Imagery and Knowledge: a historical analysis." - delivered at the 11th American Imagery Conference, New York city, November 1987.

"Theories of Mental Imagery in Recent Cognitive Science: Imagination and Representation." - delivered at the Leeds HPS seminar, February 1988.

"Gestalt Psychology as a Theory of Imagination." - delivered at the Second Annual Conference of the History and Philosophy Section of the British Psychological Society, Leeds, U.K., April 1988.

"Are Theories of Imagery Theories of Imagination?" - delivered at the Third Annual Conference of the History and Philosophy Section of the British Psychological Society, Lincoln, U.K., March 1989.

"What is Imagination?" - delivered to Leeds University Philosophy Society, November, 1989.

"Dual Substances or Dual Codes? An Answer to One of the Problems of Consciousness." - delivered at the Fourth Annual Conference of the History and Philosophy Section of the British Psychological Society, Lincoln, U.K., April 1990.

"Are Theories of Imagery Theories of Imagination?" - delivered at the Sixteenth Annual Meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park MD, June 1990.

"Origins of Imagination." - California Institute of Technology Humanities and Social Sciences 'Brown Bag' seminar, February 1991.

"Zombie Killer." - delivered at Toward a Science of Consciousness (Tucson II) Conference, Tucson Arizona, April 12 1996. [Abstracts published in: Consciousness Research Abstracts (2) 1996 pp. 59-60; and Proceedings of the Eighteenth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (Erlbaum, 1996).]

"Mary Doesn't Know Science: on Misconceiving a Science of Consciousness." - delivered at at the annual meeting of the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association, March 26th 1998.

"Imagination, Eliminativism, and the Pre-History of Consciousness." - delivered at the Toward a Science of Consciousness (Tucson III) Conference, April 30th 1998. [Abstract published in Consciousness Research Abstracts (3) 1998 p. 36.]

"The Study of Imagination as an Approach to Consciousness." - Inaugural Conference for the Society for the Multidisciplinary Study of Consciousness, San Francisco, August 18th 1998.

"Attitude and Image, or, What Will Simulation Let Us Eliminate?" - NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers (Folk Psychology vs. Mental Simulation: How Minds Understand Minds), University of Missouri - St. Louis, July 1999.

"A Non-Symbolic Theory of Conscious Content: Imagery and Activity." - Tucson 2000 (Toward a Science of Consciousness) Conference, Tucson AZ, April 14th 2000.

"Experience (and Mental Representation) Outside the Brain." - Tucson 2004 (Toward a Science of Consciousness) Conference, Tucson AZ, April 10th 2004.

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