Welcome

Hello and welcome to the website for Mark Pharoah

As you can see from the main categories on the menu, I have various interests: philosophy, music and bridge. Contact me at markpharoah1 (at) gmail (dot) com.

Philosophy

On this website, you can read some of my published philosophy papers from Biosemiotics, Linguistic Frontiers, Think and METOD journals, and a couple of unpublished texts. Each paper is listed in order of significance with the most important being at the top. My most important paper (Qualitative Attribution, Phenomenal Experience and Being) claims to bridge the divide between objectivity (the world know to science as stuff existing in space and time) and subjectivity (the world of the experiential self existing as an entity in an objective world). Nobody has written a critique of the paper yet, so it remains a potential solution to one of the great philosophical problems. One of the corollaries of the objective–subjective paper is that it demands a radical rethink on causation and information. I write about this in another paper published in Biosemiotics journal. I have given presentations at Moscow State University 2018 and was invited to present at Higher School of Economics in Moscow in 2019. The most recent presentation is from The Science of Consciousness conference 2020. I have been invited to write a couple of other 8,000 word papers which are forthcoming.

Music

I am both a performer and teacher of the violin and viola. You can listen to some of my chamber music recordings and solo Bach. On the teaching section you can read my biography and get an idea of the approach I take to teaching the violin and to chamber music coaching. You might also find the listing of some instruments that I am selling.

Art

Here you will find a number of my poems and examples of my wood sculpture work. Feel free to leave comments. I find the process of writing and working with wood quite therapeutic.

Bridge

I am a qualified Bridge Club Director (through the EBU). I registered with the EBU as a bridge teacher in 2020 but have been supervising and teaching in a club of about 80 regular players since 2016. I have had articles published in the American Contract Bridge League magazine.

Mark Pharoah - the violinist