Past events

29
Aug
2017

James Owen Weatherall: How to Beat Science and Influence People

In their recent book Merchants of Doubt (Bloomsbury, 2010), Naomi Oreskes and Eric Conway describe what they call the "Tobacco Strategy", which was the...
24
Aug
2017

Michael Anderson (U of Western Ontario): Neural reuse and dynamic structure-function relationships in the brain

I this talk I outline the evidence for the dynamic multi-functionality of the various parts of the brain, and use it to put pressure on the leading account of...
22
Aug
2017

Melissa Fusco: Splicing With Death

Recent literature on causal decision theory (CDT) has featured much discussion of what Hare & Hedden call ``decision dependence''---the fact that, for a...
21
Aug
2017

Andy Egan (Rutgers): Expressivism, Truth-Conditions, and the Project of Semantics

There is a "production-first" way of thinking about the project of semantics - in particular, about what it is for a sentence to have truth-conditions - that...
18
Aug
2017

Centre for Philosophy of the Sciences seminar: Altruistic moves inside spiteful games: The ecology and evolution of bacterial toxins

Nearly every major bacterial lineage studied to date possesses strains that produce protein-based toxins that are thought to function as anti-competitor...
17
Aug
2017

Anne Barnhill (U Penn): (When) is public health messaging manipulative?

Some public heath messaging goes beyond providing health information in a neutral way, but rather is graphic, is meant to shock us, is meant to be visually...
15
Aug
2017

Cailin O'Connor (UCI): Evolving Collaborative Networks

Philosophers of science have recently argued that the structure of scientific networks matters to scientific progress.  But where do these networks come from...

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