I’m a philosopher and post-doc at The Center for Mind, Brain, and Consciousness at New York University, and the University of Oslo (currently at NYU for two years). I’m also a regular visitor at The Center for Sleep and Consciousness at the University of Madison-Wisconsin.

My research focuses on panpsychism, neutral monism and liberal conceptions of physicalism (according to which the physical sciences reveal the structure, but not the full nature, of the physical). I am interested in how such views can respond to problems in philosophy of mind (such as the hard problem of consciousness and the problem of mental causation) and metaphysics more generally, especially the metaphysics of causation.

My post-doc project focuses on Giulio Tononi’s Integrated Information Theory of Consciousness. This is one of the leading fundamental theories of consciousness in neuroscience, and it entails a form of panpsychism.

(My surname is pronounced “Murk”)