Michael Townsen Hicks

Welcome to my website. I'm a philosopher of science; I’m mostly interested in the ways we use scientific laws and models to understand what’s possible, and what isn’t. Right now I'm a wissenschaftlicher mitarbeiter at the University of Koeln in Cologne, Germany; previously, I worked on the Consolidation of Fine-Tuning project at the University of Oxford, and I did my PHD thesis under Barry Loewer at Rutgers University. I

Photo thanks to Jeremy Dolan.

In my spare time I enjoy biking, science fiction, and vegetarian cooking.

In my spare time I volunteer at The Broken Spoke, a worker-owned DIY bicycle workshop in Oxford that teaches people of all ages and backgrounds how to ride and repair bicycles. Learning to fix bikes, and helping others learn, fits nicely with my interest in riding bikes. In the summer of 2015 I took an epic bike trip with my neighbor Bruce. We rode from our block in Brooklyn to Portland, OR, and a little beyond. You can see our trip on our blog, Mike on a Bike / Bruce on the Loose. I'm an enthusiastic touring cyclist and I've done shorter trips on the eastern seaboard of the US, in southern England, and in Corsica. 

I recently led a public discussion with sextantworks' installation on Governor's Island entitled "The Line between Mind and World."

Until recently, I was a member of the Best Sci Fi Book Club of Crown Heights. My favorites from our reading past include Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, Kindred by Octavia Butler, and The City and The City by  China Mieville.