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The primary focus of my research is on the foundations of cultural and biological evolution. In these fields, I'm especially interested in using formal models to explain the emergence of cultural and social behavior. A large portion of my current work applies these tools to study the origin and structure of language.

 

Another recurring concern is with methodological issues in the sciences. In this area, one of my main goals is to understand the reliability and reproducibility of different methods, such as model-based and data-driven approaches. I also work on related metaphilosophical questions, especially in what pertains to the use of quantitative methods in philosophy.

 

In addition, I have a side interest in microbiology and enjoy collaborating with empirical researchers in this field.

I'm always ready for an open conversation about research.

Publications:

• Ventura, R. (2019). The Evolution of Cooperation in Finite Populations with Synergistic Payoffs. Biology & Philosophy, 34(4): 43. [here]

• Ventura, R. (2019). Quantitative Methods in Philosophy of Language. Philosophy Compass, 14: e12609.  [here]

• Ventura, R. (2019). Multicellular Individuality: The Case of Bacteria. Biological Theory, 14(2): 131-140. [here]

• Ventura, R. (2019). Ambiguous Signals, Partial Beliefs, and Propositional Content. Synthese, 196(7): 2803-2820. [here]

• Bonito, G., Hameed, K., Krishnan, J., Ventura, R., Schadt, C., and Vilgalys, R. (2016). Isolating a functionally relevant guild of fungi from the root microbiome of Populus. Fungal Ecology, 22: 35-42. [here]

Book reviews:

• Ventura, R. (2017). Review of Evidence by Howard Becker, Canadian Journal of Sociology, 42(4): 459-462. [here]