Scott was born and grew up in Tasmania, Australia’s island state. As a child he took classical piano lessons. In his late teens he played in a jazz band with renowned trumpeter Scott Tinkler. He attended the University of Tasmania, where he studied Philosophy, English and Music (the last at the University’s Conservatorium of Music). He was president of the University’s infamous Old Nick Theatre Society, wrote and performed in various revues and plays, and wrote for, and edited, student newspapers/magazines.
After gaining a PhD in Philosophy from the University of New South Wales (where he also wrote and performed in revues), he moved to the UK, figuring that he would be able to walk into the English Test team. This didn’t happen, but academia did succumb to his talents. He has taught Philosophy at Oxford University, University College London, Kings College London, and finally the University of Nottingham, where he was made Associate Professor and Reader in Philosophy.
During his philosophical career he published articles (mainly in metaphysics and the philosophy of science) in numerous academic journals, including American Philosophical Quarterly, Analysis, Philosophy, Synthese, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophical Studies, Risk Analysis, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Erkenntnis, and Philosophy of the Social Sciences, and various other journals with even duller names.
He has also published in The New Criterion, Partisan Review, The Skeptic (UK and Australian versions), The Australian’s Review of Books, Policy Review, Sound on Sound (here), Quadrant, Australasian Science, and he’s even had a letter in Nature. He had a couple of his blog posts published in two ‘best blogs of the year’ books in the mid-2000s.
While living in Sydney he was on the National Committee of the Australian Skeptics. While living in London in 1999 he founded and ran Skeptics in the Pub, which has been wildly successful and now has over a hundred branch meetings taking place all over the world every month.
Recently he quit academia to pursue his dream of becoming a full-time composer, musician and author. As ‘Blake McQueen’ he plays with the melodic prog band Coralspin. He has numerous musical projects, and two children’s books, in the pipeline.
You can listen to his very silly ‘Plastic Spacemen’ song here.
You can read the attempted TV scripts he wrote with his friend Gareth Symon, called No Wuckers, here [link coming soon]. (The ABC called to talk to us about them, but they never got the green light.)