Conference Bios

Conference Participant Biographies

Fred Adams is Professor of Linguistics & Cognitive Science and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Delaware. He received his philosophy at the University of Wisconsin.  He has over 150 publications including The Bounds of Cognition (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008, with Ken Aizawa), Introduction to the Philosophy of Psychology (Cambridge University Press, 1015, with Dan Weiskopf), and Cognitive Science: Recent Advances and Recurring Problems (Vernon Press, 2017, with Osvaldo Pessoa Jr. & Joao E. Kogler Jr.).  His publications are mainly in the areas of philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, epistemology, and theory of action.

Sean Allen-Hermanson is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Florida International University in Miami, specializing in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science. Much of his work is on animal consciousness including articles on bees, monkeys, bats, and fish, though he also publishes in the areas of the metaphysics of mind, introspection, implicit bias, and human nature.

Murray Clarke is Professor of Philosophy at Concordia University in Montreal. He works in contemporary epistemology, and philosophy of mind and psychology. Author of Reconstructing Reason and Representation (MIT, 2004), he has published widely on Tracking and other Externalist Theories of Knowledge, the nature of rationality and our native inferential capacities, the nature and origin of concepts and on the make-up of our cognitive architecture.

Adrian Currie is a philosopher of science and postdoctoral researcher. He’s primarily interested in how scientists successfully generate knowledge in tricky circumstances: where evidence is thin on the ground, targets are highly complex and obstinate, and our knowledge is limited. This has led him to examine the historical sciences – geology, palaeontology and archaeology – and to argue that the messy, opportunistic (‘methodologically omnivorous’) and disunified nature of these sciences often underwrites their success. His interest in knowledge-production has also led him to think about the natures of, and relationships between, scientific tools such as experiments, models and observations, and their use in sciences whose targets are less amenable to lab work – ecology and climate science, for instance. He is the author of Rock, Bone and Ruin: An Optimist’s Guide to the Historical Sciences (MIT Press).

John C. Darnell is Professor of Egyptology in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Curator in Anthropology at the Yale Peabody Museum, a member of the Council for Archaeological Studies, and director of the Yale Elkab Desert Survey. His interests include ancient Egyptian religion, cryptography, the cursive scripts of Egypt, and the archaeological and epigraphic remains of ancient activity in the Eastern and Western Deserts of Egypt. He is an expert on Ancient Egyptian rock inscriptions and lapidary hieratic, and teaches image-assisted courses on Egyptian religion and religious architecture, surveys of Egyptian history (focusing on the mechanics of unity and disunity within the Nile Valley), as well as a wide range of courses in ancient texts, from those dealing with the underworld and cosmography to love poetry and foreign relations.

Francesco d’Errico is Director of Research of Exceptional Class with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, University of Bordeaux, where he acted until 2015 as Head of the Sub-Department of Prehistory, Paleoenvironment and Cultural Heritage, and Professor at the University of Bergen, Norway. His academic interests focus on the origin of symbolic behavior and bone technology in Europe, Africa and China, Neanderthal extinction, and the impact of climate change on cultural evolution. He has published books on Magdalenian and Epi-Palaeolithic mobiliary art, edited monographs on the origin of cultural modernity, and published more than 250 articles in academic journals. His perhaps better known works include “Neanderthal Acculturation in Western Europe?” (Current Anthropology 1998), “The invisible frontier” (Evolutionary Anthropology 2003, 39:1-44), as well as more recent papers on the earliest known personal ornaments (PNAS 2009), engravings (Science 2003; JAS 2012: Nature 2015), pigments (Science 2012; JAS 2012), and earliest instances of San-like material culture (PNAS 2012), the impact of climate on African MSA population (PNAS 2017), and the origin of numer symbols (Phil. Trans. Royal Soc. 2017). He was the co-project leader of a large five year grant funded by the European Research Council to investigate the origin of cultural modernity in Africa and Europe.

Caleb Everett’s is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of Miami. He is also a member of the inaugural class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows (2015-2017). His research examines the way language affects and reflects cognition and the physical environment. This research is based on experimental work with contemporary indigenes in Amazonia, but also on analyses of global linguistic databases. Caleb is the author of two books and many research articles. His most recent book, Numbers and the Making of Us (Harvard University Press), was reviewed in the NYTimesNew Scientist, and various other outlets. His recent articles include pieces in PNAS and Frontiers in Psychology.

Marilynn Johnson is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Florida International University project for the study of philosophy and archaeology. She received her PhD from the Department of Philosophy at the Graduate Center, City University of New York in August 2017. She works primarily in philosophy of archaeology, philosophy of language, and aesthetics. Her dissertation, Meaning Through Things, was awarded the 2016-2017 American Society for Aesthetics Dissertation Fellowship and a 2016-2017 Interdisciplinary Committee for Science Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center Dissertation Fellowship. Her most recent article, “Seeking Speaker Meaning in the Archaeological Record” was published in Biological Theory.

Anton Killin is a postdoctoral research fellow working on the intersection of philosophy of the arts and philosophy of the sciences. In particular he is interested in philosophy of music, theories of the evolution of music, and connections between music and language.

Edouard Machery is a philosopher of science, working primarily on the philosophical issues raised by cognitive science and neuroscience. He is also doing empirical research on moral psychology, semantics, and folk epistemology, often with a cross-cultural focus.

Colleen Manassa Darnell is an Egyptologist and teaches Egyptian art history at the University of Hartford. Her areas of expertise include Late Period uses of the Underworld Books, ancient Egyptian military history, the literature of New Kingdom Egypt, and Egyptian revival history.

Jesse Prinz is a Distinguished Professor of philosophy and Director of the Committee for Interdisciplinary Science Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He works primarily in the philosophy of psychology and ethics and has authored several books and over 100 articles, addressing such topics as emotion, moral psychology, aesthetics and consciousness. Much of his work in these areas has been a defense of empiricism against psychological nativism and he situates his work as in the naturalistic tradition of philosophy associated with David Hume.

Elizabeth Scarbrough is a lecturer in philosophy at Florida International University. She works on issues at the intersection of ethics and aesthetics. More information about her teaching and research at

Mary C. Stiner is Regents’ Professor in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. She conducts archaeological research on human ancestors, paleoeconomics and social evolution across the Mediterranean Basin. She is particularly interested in the ever-changing relationship between human societies and Eurasian ecosystems. With an expertise in zooarchaeology, she has worked on a wide range of topics in human evolution, Paleolithic archaeology, hunter-gatherer ecology, the transition from hunter-gatherer to early village economies, and early art as media for visual communication.