I started this weblog in 2013 to share my ideas relating to the history, philosophy, and sociology of the neurosciences, as well as to reflect upon my training and work as a Ph.D. student/candidate in the Department of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. I graduated with my Ph.D. in 2019 and set out to commence an appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities in the Division of Humanities at New College of Florida, the Honors College in the Florida State University System. I am also an Affiliated Faculty Member in Philosophy and Gender Studies at New College.

Photo by Casey Brooke Lawson

For more information on my education, research, and teaching, see my CV.

Although several years past at this point, I never get tired of sharing the links to the call for graduate student abstracts and the poster for the conference “Sorting Brains Out: Tasks, Tests, and Trials in the Neuro- and Mind Sciences, 1890–2015.” I organized this event together with Ekaterina Babintseva, Matthew Hoffarth, and John Tresch in 2015.

The title of this weblog was born out of a lunch discussion with Martin Hähnel and Konstantin Kiprijanov in the employee cafeteria on the 10th floor of the mathematical building at Technische Universität Berlin. The term “semipermeable” was meant to account for the flow of information in one direction, from me to the reader. However, I do hope that you will take advantage of the opportunity to comment and thereby fully permeate the membrane.

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