David studied mathematics at the University of Adelaide from 1983 to 1986 and at the University of Oxford in 1987-88. He switched to Indiana University in 1989, where he obtained a Ph.D. in 1993 in Philosophy and Cognitive Science, working in Doug Hofstadter's Center for Research on Concepts and Cognition. He spent 1993-95 as a McDonnell Fellow in Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis, and 1995-98 in the Department of Philosophy at UC Santa Cruz. From 1999-2004 David was in the Department of Philosophy and the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona. He moved to ANU in August 2004. From 2009-2014 he spent one semester per year at New York University, moving full-time in September 2014 (keeping a 20% appointment at ANU).
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