Hi. I’m Galen.
I build computational tools for the rigorous study of culture.
My current work sits at the intersection of analytic philosophy, machine learning, and sociology. I’m interested in accounting for the ways in which complex statistical models seem to ‘produce knowledge’ in humanities and social science research, despite the fact that we’re often (radically) uncertain about both our objects of study and the internal contents of our models. I mostly care about this for ‘supporting scientific progress’ reasons. My tentative conclusions are pretty pessimistic.
My spare time is spent running and building weird internet stuff. I’m also pretty into competitive forecasting.
You should totally email me.