Public Engagement
and Impact

I strongly believe in the importance of increasing public awareness and understanding of philosophy, and am available to comment on a wide range of issues including:

  • Perception and the senses

  • Philosophy of science and the mind, esp. psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, and the nature and experience of time

  • The relevance of philosophy and philosophical debate to wider society.

I am active on Twitter, where my personal account was ranked as one of the top 25 Twitter accounts for philosophy.

I have been involved in the following public engagement and knowledge exchange activities.

Projects

  • Beyond the Five Senses: Increasing Awareness of Sensory Experience in the Under-5s, September 2018, Evergreen Outdoor Nursery, Glasgow

  • Co-creator and technical design for The Illusions Index website, Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience, University of Glasgow, 2017

  • Advisor on multisensory experience design project, Glasgow School of Art, February 2016

  • Contributed ‘Impossible Lego object’ to the Objects of Research exhibition, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, 28 September 2015

Articles and blog posts

Public talks

Other public events

  • Contributor and consultant to the Centre for Philosophy and the Sciences (CPS), Forskningstorget i Oslo, University of Oslo, September 2019

  • Research station at Glasgow Explorathon 2016, European Researchers’ Night, Glasgow Science Centre

  • Interactive exhibits for ‘Understanding the Senses: Past and Present’ workshop, Special Collections, University of Glasgow, 6 July 2016

  • Research station and public talks on ‘The Philosophy and Psychology of Illusions’, Glasgow Science Festival, University of Glasgow, 11 June 2016

  • Research station at Glasgow Explorathon 2015, European Researchers’ Night, Glasgow Science Centre, 25 September 2015

  • Research station and public talks on ‘Engaging the Senses’, Glasgow Science Festival, University of Glasgow, 6 June 2015

  • Co-organiser, ‘The Hidden Senses: The Secrets of Taste and Smell’, The Dana Centre, London, 21 November 2014

  • Research station at Glasgow Explorathon 2014, European Researchers’ Night, Glasgow Science Centre, 26 September 2014