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Justice T CampbellMrs. BrownPhil. 226011 Dec. 2017David ChalmersDavid Chalmers was born in Sydney and grew up there and in Adelaide. He spent most his teenage years as a math geek, while he studied mathematics at the University of Adelaide from 1983 to 1986. After he hitchhiked around Europe, his little obsession with the problem of consciousness spun out of control. This resulted in him moving to the Indiana University in 1989, where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1993 in philosophy and cognitive science. He worked in Doug Hofstadter’s extremely stimulating Center for Research on Concepts and Cognition (Chalmers.) After two years in the Midwest as a postdoc at Washington University in St. Louis, he moved to the UC Santa Cruz from 1995-98, then to University of Arizona from 1999-2004, and back home to Australia in 2004. He took up a part-time position at NYU in 2009, and started working full-time in 2014.He is a proud of co-founder of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, the PhilPapers Foundation, and three different Centers for Consciousness. He is proud of his many terrific students and post-docs (Chalmers).When he had the time and ran out of excuses, he would sometimes do some real work. He wrote three books and many articles on consciousness, meaning, metaphysics, and various other topics in philosophy and cognitive science. Consciousness was his first love, and it’s what he always came back to, but one of the nice things about being a philosopher is that one is allowed to be interested in all sorts of things (Chalmers). He did a lot of fairly technical philosophy, such as philosophy of language, metaphysics, and epistemology. As well as being closely involved with work in science including neuroscience, psychology, AI, and physics.Claudia Passos Ferreira, his partner, is a philosopher and a psychologist from Rio de Janeiro with two PhDs. They divided their time between Greenwich Village and the Hudson Valley, while adding Australia and Brazil in the mix too (Chalmers).In school, he learned some academic philosophy, when he didn’t know anything much at the start. Second, he gained an interest in areas of philosophy far beyond the philosophy of mind.  In order to help himself get clear on issues arising in the mind-body problem, he had to think about metaphysics, the philosophy of language, epistemology, the philosophy of science, meta-ethics, and more.  He always saw philosophy as continuous with science, but after a while it becomes clear the impact of science on many of the big questions in philosophy is more limited than one might have hoped.  Even when people bring in the science, it’s often a background non-empirical philosophical premise that’s doing the work.  So the ex-mathematician in him came to the view that one shouldn’t be afraid to cut to the underlying issues using non-empirical reasoning.  In the end, many his dissertations had that character, though he also spent most of his time before and after engaging with the empirical science of consciousness.Over the years his interests got broader and broader to the point where he is now interested in almost every area of philosophy.  That doesn’t mean he does research on them — he doesn’t think he has the expertise to do good work in the history of philosophy, in political philosophy, or in aesthetics, for example.  But he goes to the modern philosophy conference at NYU yearly. He goes now and then to the regular colloquium in legal, political, and social philosophy, and takes part in a regular discussion group in the philosophy of music.  PhilPapers keeps him in touch with many areas of philosophy, too.His research interests are a little bit more constrained.  Early on David Chalmers was driven by the philosophy of mind and cognitive science, bringing in other areas including metaphysics and the philosophy of language when they were of instrumental value.  Over time those other areas came to seem very interesting, as in turn did questions in epistemology, the philosophy of science, and meta-philosophy.  He spent most the 2000’s trying to work out a coherent picture tying together these areas.He is now getting especially interested in the philosophy of technology. Over the years he has done plenty of work in this area, e.g. on artificial intelligence, the nature of computation, the extended mind, simulated worlds, and virtual reality.  But he would like to work on these issues more systematically.  One project is to write a book that introduces and addresses many of the great problems of philosophy through the lens of information technology.  His hope is that done properly, the book could simultaneously serve as an introduction to philosophy for a wide audience while also being a substantial work of philosophy in its own right.  We’ll see how well that works out, thoughHe can’t picture there ever being intelligent life without philosophy. The practice of philosophy will presumably come to an end around the time that intelligent life comes to an end, perhaps sometime toward the heat death of the universe.  Practice aside, he suspects the abstract structure of philosophy is inexhaustible in roughly the way that we know mathematics to be inexhaustible no matter how much philosophy is settled, there will always be more that’s unsettled. And for any given question, whether settled or unsettled, there will always be new arguments on either side.David Chalmers major contributions the the philosophical society is his ability the ask the hard questions, the questions that require the most dramatic answers; the questions whose answers will leave you uncomfortable. His theories on the conscious requires an open mind with dramatic thinking. The potential answers will shake the very foundation of science and philosophy. What if consciousness is universal, what if all life has a conscience; how would that change and shape ethical thinking. In my opinion David is pushing the the progress of philosophy way more than the boundaries.     Works Cited Chalmers, David. consc.net. David Chalmers, 15 Jan. 2017. Web. 11 Dec. 2017.