IAS Annual Report 2014-15 - page 32

People
‘The fellowship challenges disciplinary
boundaries. And because it is a forum where
anything can and should be tried out, it has
helped me gain new insights.’
Professor William Downes
‘My time at IAS has been a lovely, memorable
experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything.
I really came to feel a part of the university.’
Professor John Heil
William Downes
David Geary
Katherine Hayles
John Heil
Professor William Downes
York University, Canada
Hatfield College
Sociolinguistic Bill Downes bridges the sciences, linguistics
and cognitive science, and the humanities, especially
literature, philosophy and history. During his Fellowship
he worked on the historical emergence of the ‘Plain Style’
of English prose in the course of the 17th century and its
relation both to the rise of science and the crisis in religion.
Professor David Geary
University of Missouri, USA
Collingwood College
David Geary is a cognitive developmental and evolutionary
psychologist. He has wide ranging interests but his primary
areas of research and scholarly work are children’s
mathematical cognition and learning and Darwin’s sexual
selection as largely but not solely related to human sex
differences. His IAS Fellowship primarily focused on
completing analyses and several manuscripts based on
studies of children’s mathematical cognition.
Professor Katherine Hayles
Duke University
St Mary’s College
Distinguished scholar Katherine Hayles is a postmodern literary
critic. Her interdisciplinary work has centered on the relations of
literature, science and technology in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Her research focus in Durham was the continued development
of her book-in-progress entitled “Unthought: The Power of the
Cognitive Nonconscious.” Her interaction with Durham scholars
about algorithms was particularly helpful to her research.
Professor John Heil
University of Washington in St Louis
University College
Renowned philosopher John Heil was able to use his Fellowship
to progress several papers and the inaugural
Journal of the
American Philosophical Association
. His understanding
of emergence has been supplemented dramatically, first
through interaction with his cohort of fellows, and second by
his participation in an Emergence reading group that included
philosophers and physicists, a metaphysics reading group, and
his conference participation with the Durham Emergence Project.
His Fellowship enabled him to bring into focus a number of
themes that he could not possibly have gotten to otherwise.
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