Dr. Christopher DiCarlo is a philosopher, educator, and author. He currently teaches in the Faculty of Human Biology at the University of Toronto.
He has been invited to speak at numerous national and international conferences and written many scholarly papers ranging from bioethics to cognitive evolution. His latest book entitled: How to Become a Really Good Pain in the A@#: A Critical Thinker's Guide to Asking the Right Questions was released world-wide by Prometheus Press in August, 2011 and is currently in its fifth printing.
He is a past Visiting Research Scholar at Harvard University in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences: Department of Anthropology and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. He is currently working on his latest book tentatively entitled: Flying Without A Pilot: A Determined Look at the Future of Ethics, Law, and the Value of Human Behavior.
In April, 2008 he was awarded TVOâ€™s Big Ideas Best Lecturer in Ontario Award.
In August, 2008, he was honoured with the Canadian Humanist of the Year Award from the Humanist Association of Canada.
In 2002 and 2008, he was awarded the University of Guelph and University of Ontario Institute of Technology Faculty Teaching Awards.
Areas of Expertise
Public Speaking, Critical thinking, Education & Development, Ethical Reasoning, Personal Counselling and Mentoring
An idea worth spreading
The OSTOK Project is a model which allows us to better understand the complexities of relationships between various types of natural and cultural systems. When we combine our physical understanding of the natural world with our understanding of the many different cultural ways in which our lives develop, we can better understand just how vastly complex our lives, the world, and the universe is. Using an onion as a metaphor for our combined systems of knowledge, we can understand how information about ourselves, our world, and the universe relate. The more we can understand the complex causal interplay between various systems, the deeper into and the farther around the onion we go. The better we can understand the causal forces influencing various effects in our lives, the better we can predict and control the natural world in an effort to more responsibly develop policies in the management of human and natural resources.
I'm passionate about
I am passionate about creating a system for the most effective means of communication for social policy and legal development in the responsible management of human and natural resources.
Talk to me about
Critical thinking, social policies, ethics, science, and the ways they all relate to try to make the world a more agreeable place.
People don't know I'm good at
Drumming. I've played in bands since I was in Primary School. I have interviewed and hung out with rock stars from Green Day to Tool. They very much enjoy speaking to a Philosophy Professor.
My TED story
For millennia, philosophers, theologians, historians, and authors have wrestled with the problem of good and evil as it relates to human behavior. However, there has been an increasing need to bring scientists into the dialogue. Science provides us with the most descriptive (and hopefully, least biased) analysis of the natural world. And we, as human beings, are subjects who have evolved in that natural world. It follows then, that we need to consider what our understanding of the world around us has to offer when we consider the value of the actions of ourselves and others. I am developing an account of how humans value behaviour and action by bringing together aspects from philosophy, biology, the neurosciences, chemistry, physics, and the social sciences, in an attempt to articulate an epistemically responsible account of what it means for humans to value the actions and behaviour of themselves and others. In order to do so, we must understand the constraints under which we behave.