David Bates is Professor of Rhetoric and Director of the Center for New Media at the University of California, Berkeley. His research in Intellectual History focuses on two main tracks -- the history of cognition, media, and technology; and the history of legal and political theory. He is particularly interested in the relations between early modern thought and the twentieth century. His most recent book is States of War: Enlightenment Origins of the Political (Columbia UP, 2012), a rereading of the natural law tradition. He is now writing a new book, Human Insight: An Artificial History of Natural Intelligence.