Mind Science Culture
Columbia College Chicago

Member Bios


Dr. Stephen T. Asma

Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences, Columbia College Chicago

Philosophy and History of Biology, Philosophy of Religion


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Stephen T. Asma is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia College Chicago, where he holds the title of Distinguished Scholar.

Dr. Asma is the author of several books: On Monsters: an Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears (Oxford University Press, 2009), Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads: The Culture and Evolution of Natural History Museums (Oxford University Press, 2001), Following Form and Function: A Philosophical Archaeology of Life Science (Northwestern Univ. Press, 1996), and Buddha for Beginners (Hampton Roads, 2008).


Dr. Rami Gabriel

Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences, Columbia College Chicago

Cognitive and Perceptual Sciences, Philosophy of Psychology, Philosophy of Mind

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Rami Gabriel is Associate professor of Psychology in the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences at Columbia College Chicago. He holds a PhD and M.A. from the Cognitive and Perceptual Sciences Psychology program at University of California, Santa Barbara and a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Irvine in Psychology with a minor in Comparative Literature. His dissertation dealt with emotional reactions to unrecognized faces in a Prosopagnosic patient. His first book, "Why I Buy: Self, Taste, and Consumer Society in America" was published in 2013. He has published empirical studies on memory, self, emotion, prosopagnosia, consciousness, and the philosophy of cognitive science in the academic journals Cognition & Emotion, Social Cognition, and Journal of Consciousness studies.


Tom Greif (Emeritus)

Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences, Columbia College Chicago

Psychology, Economics and Culture

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Thomas Greif, M.A. in Theology from Santa Clara University, former member of the Jesuit Order and the Theology Department of Gonzaga University. Present interest in the elaboration of a materialist (non- reductionist) understanding of the brain/mind question as it relates to future transformations in human societies.

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Glennon Curran (Assoc. Fellow)

John Marshall Law School

Law, Philosophy of Mind

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Glennon Curran holds a Bachelor of the Arts from Columbia College Chicago. He also holds a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where he focused on Trial Advocacy. He became an associate fellow of the group in 2009 and is interested in an interdisciplinary exploration of social, legal, and economic norms.

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