a philosophy podcast about neurodivergence

a 19th-century diver, surrounded by small sea creatures, sits on the ocean floor examining a sea anenome with a magnifying glass.
British Library digitized image from "The Book of the Ocean... Illustrated" by Ernest, Ingersoll (1898).
a jellyfish, with its bell bobbing on the surface of the ocean, and its tentacles cascading down into the water
British Library digitized image from "The Book of the Ocean... Illustrated" by Ernest, Ingersoll (1898).


NeuroDiving is a narrative-driven podcast about philosophical questions raised by the experiences of neurodivergent people. Season 1 focuses on autism. Each episode explores a different theme, such as:

  • competing conceptions of autism;
  • the personal and political significance of autism diagnoses;
  • theory of mind;
  • how different types of racism shape autism diagnostics, autism research, and autistic self-advocacy;
  • the relationship between neurotype and gender identity;
  • autistic masking, and its consequences for empirical autism research;
  • the epistemic injustices faced by autistic people.


NeuroDiving is in development, and we are currently conducting interviews. We will begin releasing episodes in 2023.

creative team

Amelia Hicks is an associate professor of philosophy at Kansas State University, where she specializes in moral philosophy. She is currently pursuing a formal autism diagnosis, but harbors doubts about autism diagnostics.

Joanna Lawson is a philosophy PhD student at Yale University, where she specializes in metaphysics and philosophy of mind. It took ten years for her to act on her formal ADHD diagnosis, and she is very glad that she finally did (although she still has no idea where she put her keys or glasses).


Do you identify as autistic? Do you have a philosophically rich story to tell about your experiences? Would you enjoy exploring philosophical questions about autism with a neurodivergent philosopher? Please get in touch! You can reach Amelia by email:


Amelia and Joanna are grateful for the support of the Marc Sanders Philosophy in the Media initiative.

Many thanks to Graham Leach-Krouse for his web design assistance.