Mike Thicke - Philosopher of Science

mike-headshot-for-visaI am currently an instructor with the Bard Prison Initiative, part of Bard College.  From 2013-15, I was an assistant professor at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. I defended my dissertation, entitled Science Market Analogies: A Philosophical Investigation, in May 2016 at the University of Toronto.

Download my CV: Mike Thicke CV (July 2016)


I have taught lecture-style and seminar classes in history and philosophy of science, history of economics, economic history, and liberal arts.


My research concentrates on the social epistemology of science. My dissertation is about analogies between the marketplace and science, and what we can conclude about scientific knowledge and the operation of science based on those analogies. I am currently interested in elaborating accounts of the market as an epistemic system, prediction markets, collective epistemology, and the organization of climate science.


I am a founding editor of The Bubble Chamber, a blog devoted to writing about science in an accessible and engaging way.


I am on the editorial board of Spontaneous Generations, a journal for the History and Philosophy of Science, and I was head editor for the 2013 issue, “Economic Aspects of Science.”


I am a former professional poker player and former editor of a gaming website. I also enjoy science fiction and fantasy, and pursue web development and programming in my spare time.