Joel Parthemore is a philosopher of mind and cognitive science who trained originally as a journalist before taking a master's in cognitive science and a doctorate in philosophy of cognitive science. The connecting thread is his interest in the way language shapes thought, thought shapes language, and both shape our understanding and encounter with the world around us. He sees the role of the philosopher as one of asking questions more than providing answers, and of keeping empirical researchers honest with how they interpret their results ("yes, the results could mean that, but have you looked at them this other way?"). Since receiving his doctorate, he has worked as a postdoc in a department of linguistics (Lund) and a department of engineering (Eindhoven), a senior lecturer in communications in a department of applied IT (Gothenburg), and a lecturer in philosophy in a department of cognitive neuroscience (Skövde). Raised in Pennsylvania in the US, he has lived on three continents to date: he was a US Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana for four years, teaching high school mathematics and IT literacy; and he both worked and studied in the UK for many years before settling in Sweden. When he is not researching conceptual or moral agency, he bicycles and backpacks long distance. This past summer he rode his bicycle from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Newark, Maryland: 6600 kilometers. He has walked the full length of the US Appalachian Trail (3500 kilometers) and the International Appalachian Trail (1200 kilometers).