The themes of evolution and intelligence have proved themselves as powerful frameworks for understanding complex systems. Victor's research centers around attempting to use both of these lenses as a magnifying glass to better understand society and humanity. On the evolutionary side, he recently investigated the role of communication and conscience in the evolution of human cooperation. On the intelligence side, he is currently studying the nature of general human intelligence and how it might be modeled in a machine.
In the future, he hopes to use the intelligence-evolution bifocal to study human agency in society--how can understanding society as an evolving collective intelligence shed light on a way out of today's crisis of agency, in which people feel powerless to meaningfully effect change in their community life? A mathematician by training, he enjoys designing mathematical models to aid in answering such philosophical questions.
He graduated from Cornell summa cum laude with a BA in Complex Systems and Mathematics.