Apr
      29

      Defended and Completed

      Wow. I find myself at the end of an incredible (and incredibly enlightening) journey. I defended my thesis and it went swimmingly, resulting in me receiving Highest Honors. I have a few loose ends to wrap up and beyond that, I’m done.

      Apr
      28

      Reflections on April

      April was about returning to Gatsby, conclusions, final proofs, and submission. I ended up writing my Gatsby section in a record-breaking ten days. That’s less than two weeks, for reference. It was intense, but it went so smoothly compared to my first go at the novel. At this in the process, I think I was finally…
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      Apr
      25

      A Defense of Representationalism Against the Inverted Spectrum and Blur Objections

      The representationalist theory of perception is an extremely attractive theory. According to the theory, our perceptual experiences are representations of properties that external objects in the world might have. Nothing in the external world necessarily possesses these represented properties, so we quell the worry of a lack of an account of instances of illusory or…
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      Apr
      25

      Exclusive pi-zero production and Compton scattering at GlueX

      The GlueX experiment at Jefferson Lab’s Hall D aims to explore the gluonic degrees of freedom within hadrons through high-energy meson photoproduction.  Using a 9 GeV linearly-polarized photon beam, first measurements of the sigma beam asymmetry for pseudoscalar production have already provided insight into the meson production mechanisms at these energies. This endeavor will be…
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      Apr
      24

      April Updates: Thesis Defense and Recent Conference

      Hi everyone! I will be defending my thesis this Thursday, on April 26. I’m excited to share my research with my friends and committee, but I’m also quite nervous. I will update you in my next blog post about how my defense went, but in this post, I want to talk about a conference I…
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