Richard was born in Ohio but spent his formative years in Northern California. He received his B.A. (philosophy) in 2005 from the University of California, Berkeley.
His philosophical interests reside at the intersection between the philosophy of mind and cognitive science. He is especially interested in perception. Other philosophical interests include aesthetics, history and philosophy of science, certain themes in epistemology and the philosophy of language, and certain themes and figures in the history of philosophy and psychology.
Outside of philosophy, his interests include music, film, hiking, sports, politics, and drinking good beer and whiskey.