Biography

Mazviita Chirimuuta 

History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh

Before coming to Pitt I moved around a lot–

My kind-of home town is the city of Bristol. While I studied for my degree in Philosophy and Psychology, the indomitable Tom Troscianko convinced me it was fun to do experiments on vision, whereas the  Bristol philosophers taught me about Hume, Kant and Wittgenstein.  Here’s a view across the Avon Gorge.

In Cambridge from 2000-2004 I was PhD student with David Tolhurst  in the old Physiology Lab. We wrote some papers together on contrast coding, dipper functions and natural images. I also attended seminars at the HPS department and the Moral Sciences ClubThis is the lovely riverside garden of Darwin College.

My first postdoc (2004) was at the Pisa Vision Lab where I wrote this paper on attention, colour and perceptual learning with Dave Burr and Concetta Morrone. Here’s the view from the house where I lived –  the Piazza dei Miracoli in the distance. 

Thanks to Ian Gold,  I was an ARC “Australian Post-Doc” in the School of Philosophy at Monash University, 2005-2008. I wrote this paper for the Australasian Journal of Philosophy. Two special things about Australia: the trees and the sunsets:

…and then I visited Ian Gold at McGill to write this paper…. and  here’s a Montreal cityscape….

…and then I was the PNP (Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology) PostDoc at Wash-U (St Louis), ’08-’09, where I started writing my book Outside Colour. Here’s the campus bunny in the snow, the crazy art at the bottom of the street where I lived, and my best friend Rachel:

2010 was the year I returned to my roots in central England with a brief research fellowship in the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham. These are rhododendrons from the garden of the house where I grew up.

And is this the Cathedral of Learning, where I’m working now:

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