I am also interested in philosophical topics in biology and cognitive science, especially consciousness, enactivism, folk psychology, functionalism and Bayesian accounts of the mind and evolution. I organised the Designed Mind conference in Edinburgh in 2017, which focused on the idea that conscious experience is a very rich form of self-directed expertise, expertise which has personal-level content. On this understanding one can build a conscious machine by equipping it with a suitable self-model.

My first paper on this topic appeared in Journal of Consciousness Studies in April 2019 as part of a special issue devoted to the topic of consciousness as self-representation.