Saul Perlmutter, Professor

Saul Perlmutter is a professor of physics at UC Berkeley and a senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Since an early age he wanted to know about the missing Owner’s Manual of the Universe. Beginning with graduate school at Berkeley, he had the opportunity to help work on it, eventually leading a Supernova Cosmology Project that discovered that the expansion of the universe is accelerating. Other chapters of the Owner’s Manual seem particularly relevant to this course.

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John Campbell, Professor

His main interests are in theory of meaning, metaphysics, and the philosophy of psychology. He is currently working on causation in psychology. He is the author of Past, Space and Self (1994) and Reference and Consciousness (2002). He has given the Whitehead Lectures at Harvard, the Simon Lectures at Toronto and the Gramlich Lecture at Dartmouth. He has held Guggenheim and NEH Fellowships.

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Tania Lombrozo, Professor

Tania Lombrozo is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as an affiliate of the Department of Philosophy and a member of the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard University in 2006 after receiving a B.S. in Symbolic Systems and a B.A. in Philosophy from Stanford University. Dr. Lombrozo’s research aims to address foundational questions about cognition using the empirical tools of cognitive psychology and the conceptual tools of analytic philosophy. Her work focuses on explanation and understanding, conceptual representation, categorization, social cognition, and causal reasoning. She is the recipient of numerous early-career awards including the Stanton Prize from the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, the Spence Award from the Association for Psychological Science, a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, and a James S. McDonnell Foundation Scholar Award in Understanding Human Cognition. She blogs about psychology, philosophy, and cognitive science at Psychology Today and for NPR’s 13.7: Cosmos & Culture.

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