Daniel First, Yale University
Daniel First is a rising senior at Yale University, where he studies philosophy, cognitive science, and neuroscience. At Yale, he serves as President of Flourish, a society centered on the interdisciplinary study of topics relevant to human flourishing, such as desire, virtue, and happiness. His recent philosophical interests lie in investigating how advances in cognitive science and neuroscience can enter into dialogue with the timeless debates of the philosophical tradition. He is the recipient of the Les Aspin prize and the Robert C. Bates research award. A fellow of the Brady-Johnson Program for Studies in Leadership and Grand Strategy, Daniel will be traveling to Israel this summer to study the spread of religious ideas in the yeshiva system, comparing the educational methodologies of rabbinic leaders to paradigms from disparate areas of cognitive science and psychology.