I went to university to study science and have been employed as a geologist and a chemist. While working for the federal government, I conducted research on environmental problems relating to acid rain, solar energy, and the disposal of radioactive waste.
I was then bitten by the philosophical bug, as a result of my reading the philosophy of science. This interest grew until I decided to leave my job as a scientist in order to study philosophy full-time. After teaching at various universities for a few years, I joined the Contemporary Studies program at Laurier Brantford in 2000.
Additional interests include playing the fiddle.
I am interested in philosophical problems related to science and ethics. My areas of specialty are the philosophy of science, applied ethics, and policy-making.
I have a particular interest in environmental issues, especially predictions of global catastrophe that might result from, say, overpopulation, global warming, or nuclear winter. I examine whether the resources of science are adequate to supply the kind of information we need to make decisions about these predictions, and the ethics of decision-making under uncertainty and great risk.
I am also interested in the ethics of tourism. Is it possible to be an ethical tourist? What responsibilities fall on the individual tourists themselves?
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