About us

Ondřej Havlíček

Ondrej Havlicek photo

I have a Master’s degree in cognitive informatics with a minor in philosophy from the University of Economics, Prague and a Ph.D. in cognitive science (neurophilosophy, neuro-cognitive psychology) from the Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences, LMU Munich. I have done a post-doc at the MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, under the supervision of Prof. Simone Schütz-Bosbach and Prof. Wolfgang Prinz. My research interests are related to intentional action and consciousness.

Currently I am a data scientist at DataSentics and am supervising a research project on auditory hallucinations in schizophrenia using fMRI at the National Institute of Mental Health.

I’ve been interested in scientific skepticism, alternative medicine, cognitive biases and the like for quite some time. Now I’ve decided it’s time to try to share some experience with critical thinking in the form of a university course, but hopefully that’s just the beginning!

You can also visit my (somewhat neglected) personal website.

Martin Vraný

I have a Master’s degree in Philosophy (FF UK) and Economics (VŠE) and a PhD in Philosophy of Cognitive Science. My research interests are in the area of philosophy and neuroscience of consciousness. To expand my knowledge of the scientific view of the mind I spent one year at UC Berkeley studying cognitive neuroscience under the supervision of Prof. John Searle and six months at the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Prof. Andy Clark.

For a living, I have worked as a data analyst for several years and am currently teaching machines (machine learning, despite what the name suggests, does not occur by itself!) as a freelancer. I prefer teaching students though!

A course on critical thinking is my way of contributing to the society and it naturally fits my long-term academic interest of how the mind works.