About Me

About Me: I am a philosopher and writer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. My primary academic interests are in the philosophy of mind, cognitive neuroscience, and moral and political philosophy. I also write on politics, from a libertarian conservative point of view; and on religion, from a traditional Mormon perspective

Education: LDS Business College (2013-2015), Utah Valley University (2015-Present) Upon completion of my undergraduate studies, I plan to obtain both a Juris Doctorate and a PhD in Philosophy, with an emphasis in moral and political philosophy and philosophy of mind.

Areas of Specialization: Philosophy of mind, Cognitive neuroscience, Moral philosophy, Political philosophy

Areas of Competency: Philosophy of religion, Early modern philosophy

Influences: David Hume, Charles DarwinBaruch Spinoza, Daniel C. Dennett, Bertrand Russell, Simon Blackburn, Alan Turing, Thomas Sowell, Steven Pinker, Michael Oakeshott, Blake Ostler, Steven L. Peck, William James, Antony Flew, Willard Van Orman Quine


  1. Tarkin, I just discovered your blog and I am enjoying what you have to say. I am an attorney and I'm wondering why you want to get a JD. It's very expensive and could shackle you to debt for a long time.

    1. Collin,

      First, my name is Tarik. Second, I am getting a JD in addition to a PhD because I am may not get a teaching position in philosophy and need a fall back plan.

  2. Good evening Tarik:

    I am interested in reading Blake Ostlers writings. Which one would you recommend first? Also if you could direct me to a author that is not LDS that writes extensively of evolution and theology combined I would appreciate it.



    1. Kurt,

      For Blake Ostler his book Fire on the Horizon is the best place to start.

      As for evolution and theology, I would recommend The Language of God by Francis Collins. Collins is a geneticist and an evangelical Christian. Former head of the Human genome project and current director of the NIH.

  3. Thank you. Collins has been referenced a number of times in biblical scholars writing.