About me

Hi there! 🙋‍♂️

My name is Maarten. I’m a 28-year-old Dutch PhD candidate in philosophy at the Central European University. My academic research is in meta-ethics. In my dissertation, I look at debunking arguments: do the causal origins of our opinions somehow cast doubt on their legitimacy or objective pretenses? Via epistemic relativism, this gets us into the contemporary discussion about post-truth, on which I’ve written some articles here. Which, in turn, relates to my current interest on all the aspects of how humans deal with information and arguments: 1) reasoning, biases and cognitive science, 2) education and knowledge management, 3) post-truth and making our digitized information environment truth-friendly.

In august 2021, one of my articles got picked up by a Dutch national newspaper, and even appeared on national radio to have a debate about it. That some month, I also launched my podcast about cognitive psychology, social epistemology and post-truth.

Before that, in what almost seems like a previous era, my Medium received over 100.000 monthly views and more than 50.000 people read my articles each month.

My most successful articles were those on active reading and building a Zettelkasten in Roam Research. Which is why, among other reasons, another thing I do is coach people on such things. I’m currently working on a personal knowledge management course, which I expect will launch in Fall 2021.

In my spare time, I like – love – to just hang out with my friends and my girlfriend. I also force myself to run and ride my bike at modest speeds and lift some modest weights every now and then. I’m a fan of craft beer and strategy games such as Civilization and Humankind, and an avid user of Roam. I’ve helped students breeze through their thesis with it, and can help you too. I live in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, which is my favorite city of the galaxy.

I should be free of almost all PhD obligations in a few months. Super excited and curious about whatever project I’ll (get to) tackle next! Please message me if you know something cool.

Let’s keep in touch! ⬇