Dr. David Mitsuo Nixon, Ph.D., is a musician, philosopher, filmmaker, visual artist, animator, teacher, writer, actor, and performance artist.
David received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Washington in 2004. He currently teaches at the University of Washington's Bothell branch. But he has also taught at Cascadia Community College and Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach South Carolina. His dissertation defended a novel account of perceptual knowledge (the knowledge we gain thanks to our senses) called Perceptual Responsibilism. He teaches a number of different classes including: History of American Popular Music, Ethics & Parenting, Ethics & Death, Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy & Music, Philosophical Explorations of Science Fiction, How To Think About Weird Things, Logic, The Meaning of Life, Contemporary Moral Problems.
David's artistic life is wide ranging, but music is a central part of most of his endeavors. Although he plays many instruments, the one he considers his primary is the banjo, which he has been playing since 1989. He has been a part of many musical groups, including "Awesome", The Half Brothers, Mah Jong, and Peaches Apocalypse.
David lives in Seattle with his son Jules.