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, "Autism Mind-Myths," focuses on the myth that autism is a "theory of mind deficit," and offers reflections on autistic experiences of empathy and moral motivation.

In future seasons, we hope to cover topics such as:

  • the neurodiversity paradigm, and the neurodiversity movement;
  • competing conceptions of autism;
  • the personal and political significance of autism diagnoses;
  • 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.


You can listen to NeuroDiving on Substack!

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creative team

Amelia Hicks is an associate professor of philosophy at Kansas State University, where she specializes in moral philosophy. Amelia was diagnosed with autism as an adult, but harbors doubts about autism diagnostics. She wants to use philosophy to improve autism research and clinical care.

Joanna Lawson is a visiting assistant professor of philosophy at Oklahoma State 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 neurodivergent? Do you have a philosophically rich story to tell about your experiences? Would you enjoy exploring philosophical questions about neurodivergence with a neurodivergent philosopher? Please get in touch! You can reach Amelia by email:

thank yous

Amelia and Joanna are grateful for the support of the Marc Sanders Philosophy in the Media initiative, and for additional support from the Templeton Foundation.

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