Joseph D. Ramsey
I have lots of interests, both academic and artistic. Here are some.
Automatic Causal Search
Can we infer causal structure from data using automated algorithms? If
so, how can it best be done for various types of causal inference problems?
One very pleasant perk of working in the philosophy department at Carnegie
Mellon University is the chance to explore this question in the detail
I've programmed in various languages over the years, but for the past
several years I've programmed primarily in Java. Lately I've focused on
applications programming and algorithm implementation.
Philosophy of Cognitive Science
Doing a Ph.D. degree at the University of California at San Diego during
the 1990's gave me a unique opportunity to explore the philosophy of cognitive
science, not just historically but also in terms of contemporary work
that's being done in philosophy, neuroscience, computer science, psychology,
anthropology, and other disciplines.
I've played and performed music ever since I was a kid - different instruments
(piano, trombone, bassoon, guzheng, etc.), different styles (classical,
jazz, Chinese, etc.) but I always come back to classical piano. My favorite
composer is definitely Bach.
Now that I've discovered that my browser will display Chinese I can't
resist the urge to read Chinese language web pages. Here's the web page
for Nanjing University, where I studied
In the last year or so I've started to write poetry, as part of a writing
group I participate in, led by Deborah Bogen. Here are some books of poetry
I really like (it's a new list, bear with me):
- Dylan Thomas, The Poems of Dylan Thomas.
- Wallace Stevens, Collected Poems.
- Seamus Heaney, Opened Ground.
- Tang Shi San Bai Shou (300 Tang Poems).