Thomas C. Brownell Professor of Philosophy, Trinity College
Dan Lloyd is the Thomas C. Brownell Professor of Philosophy at Trinity College, Connecticut. He teaches a wide range of courses from “Minds and Brains” (a neuroscience elective) to “Shakespeare as Philosopher.” Whatever the course, he regards his students as collaborators in a search for understanding. His research connects the arts (especially music), humanities, and natural science. He was the first recipient of the New Perspectives in Functional Brain Imaging Research Award, 2002 (awarded by the functional MRI Data Center and Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. His work at the intersection of brain and music is the subject of a documentary in progress, The Music of the Hemispheres, directed by Elisa da Prato. His compositions and animations have been showcased at the Issue Project Room, New York City, at the Peninsula Arts Festival, Plymouth, UK, and other British galleries and festivals, and has been shown at the Imagine Science Film Festival, New York.
Ph.D., Columbia Univ. (1983)
M.A., Columbia Univ. (1977)
B.A., Oberlin College (1975)
He is the author of
• Subjective Time: The philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience of temporality (co-edited with Valtteri Arstila, University of Turku, Finland). MIT Press, 2014.
• Radiant Cool: a novel theory of consciousness. MIT Press, 2004. The book combines a theory of consciousness with a detective mystery in the style of film noir. Italian translation: Radiant Cool: Lo strano caso della mente umana (Sironi, 2006); Japanese translation: マインド・クエスト 意識のミステリー (Kodansha Ltd., 2006); Korean translation forthcoming.
• Minds, Brains, and Computers: Perspectives in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, co-edited with D. Anselmi, W. M. Brown, K. Haberlandt, and R. Morelli. Ablex Publishers, 1992.
• Simple Minds, a philosophical examination of scientific approaches to the mind and brain. Bradford Books/MIT Press, 1989.
Other EXHIBITIONS, INSTALLATIONS, PERFORMANCES:
• Co-Producer and actor, Shakespeare’s King John, a dramatic reading, Watkinson Library, Trinity College, April 2015.
• Smart Patterns II, video animation and sonification of brain activity, Imagine Science Film Festival, New York (Columbia University), NY, March 2014.
• A Sonic Tour of the Brain, sonification/installation based on brain activity, “Brain Banquet,” produced by Guerilla Science, London, UK, March 2014.
• Smart Patterns, video animation and sonification of brain activity (collected during a new experiment in collaboration with Zoran Josipovic, NYU), appearing as an installation and during a program of short films in conjunction with Pattern Power/ Superstripe, Londonewcastle Project Space, London, April 2013.
• Animation, Data, and Analysis to prepare and accompany Symphony of Minds Listening, composed by Eduardo Miranda and premiered by Ten Tors Orchestra at the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival, Plymouth University, U.K., February 23, 2013.
• Re:Vision, A Symphony in Your Brain, video and music composition, State of Mind: A Consciousness Expo, Sackler Center for Consciousness Science, Brighton, U.K., June 2012.
• Music of the Hemispheres II: A Live Music, Film, and Science Event, Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, New York, November 2011.
• Music of the Hemispheres: composition, multi-media performance, and panel discussion, Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, New York, April 2010.
• Soundscape composition for Tony Oursler’s video installation, Lock 2, 4, 6, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria, October 2009 – January 2010.
• Installation Editor, Inside Out: Visual work and artists’ statements by inmates in the Connecticut Prison Association’s Correctional Art Program, Artworks Gallery, Hartford, June 15-July 10, 1993. (The installation was designed to spark reflection on the relation of freedom to creativity. I collected and edited inmates’ statements and designed panels juxtaposing those statements with quotations from established artists.)
At Trinity, he has been a member of the Philosophy Department since 1987, and co-founded the Neuroscience Program (and was its first director) in 1990. In 1990, he earned the first Arthur Hughes award for teaching excellence. In 1994, He cofounded the Community Learning Initiative and served as its director until 2002, helping to create more than 200 courses at Trinity that involved students with community partners in projects of mutual learning and community development. From 2002-2005 he was the director of the Tutorial College, a learning community for fifty (+ or -) Trinity sophomores.