Bharath Vallabha studied philosophy at Cornell and Harvard, and taught at Bryn Mawr. In academia he specialized in philosophy of mind and action, with a focus on embodied cognition and its relation to ordinary language philosophy, phenomenology and pragmatism. Currently he has an administrative job at an accounting firm in the DC area. His reasons for leaving academia can be found in an interview at Free Range Philosophers. Born in Hyderabad, India and moved to New York at age eleven, he was drawn to philosophy through conversations with his father about the compatibility of the Bhagavad Gita with modern science. His interests are to find a middle ground for dichotomies such as east/west, academic/non-academic, spiritual/rational and conservative/liberal. He is inspired by the idea that in philosophy one has to, in Wittgenstein’s phrase, “go the bloody hard way.” Though lately he has come around to thinking this is best done with a good dose of humor and grace. He also blogs at cosmic-awareness.com.