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Helen Longino: Individuals or Populations: How Scale Matters

Helen Longino, Stanford UniversityApril 17, 2015 Location: Western University, Chu International Centre, 2N05 International and Graduate Affairs BuildingStart Time: 3:30 pm ESTEnd Time: 5:00 pm EST Download a Poster AbstractThis lecture will explore the difference between studying human behavior as an individual characteristic versus studying it as a group property.Dr. Longino will also be giving this [...]

2015-04-27T09:39:43+00:00April 27th, 2015|Philosophy of Science|

Perspectives and Pluralities

Helen Longino, Stanford UniversityApril 16, 2015 - April 16, 2015 Location: Western University, 1200 Spencer Engineering BuildingStart Time: 5:00 pm ESTEnd Time: 6:30 pm EST Download a PosterAbstractThis lecture will explore how the same phenomenon assumes different forms from different research perspectives and consequences of this for our understanding of scientific knowledge.

2015-04-24T19:29:41+00:00April 24th, 2015|Philosophy of Science|

Author Meets Critics: Daniel Steel (Philosophy, Michigan State), Philosophy and the Precautionary Principle

Author Meets Critics:  Daniel Steel (Philosophy, Michigan State), Philosophy and the Precautionary PrincipleFriday, April 24, Stevenson Hall 1145, 2:30-5pmSponsored by the Department of Philosophy and the Rotman Institute of Philosophy Professor Steel will give an accessible overview of his recent book, followed by critical commentaries by Rotman Institute members Jessey Wright, Amy Wuest, and Daniel Hicks. [...]

2015-04-10T10:57:30+00:00April 10th, 2015|Philosophy of Ethics, Philosophy of Science|

Pierre Jacob: What is so special about human social cognition?

 Pierre Jacob, Institut NicodMarch 20, 2015 Location: Western University, 141 Talbot CollegeStart Time: 3:30 pm ESTEnd Time: 5:00 pm EST Download a Poster AbstractI will argue for a three-tiered answer to the question.(1) Only humans are able to track the contents of others’ false beliefs.(2) Only humans are able to engage in ostensive cooperative communicative actions.Since [...]

2017-01-03T12:05:29+00:00April 2nd, 2015|Lab Associates, Philosophy of Neuroscience, Projects|

Reto Knutti: Mysterious Models and Enigmatic Ensembles

 Mysterious Models and Enigmatic EnsemblesReto Knutti (ETH Zurich, Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science)Abstract: As our understanding improves, more observations become avail - able, and computational capacity increases, climate models continue to in - crease in complexity to synthesize all that knowledge. The hope is that as more and more processes are considered at greater [...]

2016-06-14T20:19:37+00:00March 18th, 2015|Climate Change|

Elisabeth Lloyd: The Orgasm Wars

The Orgasm Wars Friday, March 6 3:30pm-5pm New Chu International Centre Abstract: There has been a fierce battle occurring among people who explain the evolution of human female orgasm, about its evolutionary origins and nature. The core issue is that the female orgasm presents an evolutionary puzzle. Unlike the male orgasm, female orgasm is not [...]

Elisabeth Lloyd: Robustness of Climate models

 Elisabeth Lloyd, Indiana University, BloomingtonMarch 05, 2015 Location: Western University, Stevenson Hall, Room 11453:30 pm Abstract:  Both climate scientists and philosophers have been working hard to understand how the huge multidimensional global climate models can be tested and confirmed.  The convergence of multiple climate models on a single outcome or result has provided a key [...]

2016-06-14T20:20:17+00:00March 13th, 2015|Climate Change|

Nathaniel Bergman: Extreme Floods and Short-Term Hydroclimatological Fluctuations in the Hyper-Arid Dead Sea Region, Israel

 Nathaniel Bergman* , Noam Greenbaum and Uri Schwartz( * University of Western Ontario)Title: Extreme Floods and Short-Term Hydroclimatological Fluctuations in the Hyper-Arid Dead Sea Region, IsraelThe autumn Active Red Sea Trough (ARST) rainstorm in the southern Dead Sea region on 29 October 2004 was documented using calibrated radar images, some rainfall measurements, slope-area, and HEC-RAS [...]

2016-06-14T20:20:51+00:00March 12th, 2015|Climate Change|

Jon Lawhead: Multi­Scale Modeling and Pluralism in Climate Systems

Jon Lawhead (University of Southern California)   Title:Multi­Scale Modeling and Pluralism in Climate Systems   The global climate is a paradigmatic complex system, and so exhibits interesting behavioral regularities at many different spatio­temporal scales. Moreover, these patterns are mutually constraining: the presence of a stable behavioral regularity at one scale can influence the structure of stable behavioral [...]

2016-06-14T20:21:32+00:00March 11th, 2015|Climate Change|