Michael Barkasi

philosopher and cyclist


I’m an academic philosopher who works on perception. My research focuses on our perceptual experience of the world (phenomenal consciousness) and how it relates to the neural activity in our heads. I draw on work from neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and philosophy to investigate the nature of our experience, how it reveals the world to us, and its relation to sensory neural activity.

Currently I’m a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Network for Sensory Research in the Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto. In that position I work with Mohan Matthen. I completed my Ph.D. in philosophy at Rice University in 2015, working under Casey O’Callaghan. I grew up in a small town in southeast Pennsylvania, about an hour northwest of Philadelphia, before moving to Houston for my PhD. I currently live in Toronto.

In my spare time I’ve raced at various velodromes around North America. At different times I’ve called Alkek in Houston, T-Town in Pennsylvania, and Mattamy in Ontario my home track. While living in Allentown and racing at T-Town I also spent some time coaching in some of the track’s youth cycling programs and selling bikes at a local bike shop. Nowadays I mostly race around my living room on a set of rollers.

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