A $3.5 million research initiative supported with funding from the John Templeton Foundation and support from the University of Virginia. The program is led by Eric Turkheimer. We are now accepting letters of intent proposing research in areas relevant to the application of modern genomics to complex human behavior related to values and character development.
UPDATE: LETTERS OF INTENT ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED. APPLICATION PACKETS HAVE BEEN SENT TO APPLICANTS INVITED TO SUBMIT FULL PROPOSALS. THE APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 6/30/16.
We manage the Genetics and Human Agency project, supported by the John Templeton Foundation, which funds teams of scientists and philosophers working to understand the role of genetics in complex human behavior.Read More >
The anonymous @SilverVVulpes replied to my previous blog post on Twitter with this thought: "I'd be interested in any philosopher of science that argues genes=inherent merit instead of luck. Position confuses the hell out of me." @SilverVVulpes describes himself as “hereditarian left” in his Twitter...Read More >
Against my better judgment, I’m going to begin this blog by talking about Charles Murray. Is there any academic more widely reviled by mainstream social scientists than Murray? The Bell Curve was published in 1994: the first term of the Bill Clinton presidency was barely...Read More >
In a recent paper I argue that excusable ignorance undermines agent-responsibility and, therefore, liability for costs. Importantly, if epistemic duties are plausibly affected by e.g. cognitive functioning, judgements regarding excusable ignorance and agent-responsibility may change in relation to cognitive functioning. Does excusable ignorance absolve...Read More >