Jed is a doctoral student in Religious Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara. Particularly, he is interested in how Buddhist attempts to negotiate epistemology and ontology may have important ramifications on modern day debates about consilience. His studies explore how cognitive structures discovered with the help of cognitive science can help bridge scientific ontology with epistemological discoveries found by Western philosophers. Because similar debates arose in the Tibetan Buddhist literature, Jed believes the fruit of those debates can be helpful in bridging this theoretical gap.