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Special Lecturer in Philosophy of Biology: Gregory M. Mikkelson on “Unity in Diversity: Richness Theory in Environmental Ethics” (By Justin J. Bzovy and Antoine C. Dussault)

On April 19th, 2013 Gregory M. Mikkelson from McGill University visited as a special lecturer in the philosophy of biology, which was co-organized by the Rotman Institute and the Biology Department’s Friday Philosophicals.  Mikkelson’s main research interests are in environmental ethics, ecology and economics.  His talk at Western prompted a very fruitful discussion, some of [...]

2014-03-18T16:20:16+00:00May 7th, 2013|Events, Philosophy of Biology|

HPS and Science Education – Benétreau-Dupin, Brandt, Fox, Jacquart

This past December four Rotman graduate students, Yann Benétreau-Dupin, Melissa Jacquart, Craig Fox and Reuven Brandt participated in “How Can the HPS Contribute to Contemporary U.S. Science Teaching”.  This two-day event, funded by National Science Foundation (NSF), consisted of a public conference that was part of the Boston Colloquium for Philosophy of Science, and a [...]

2013-04-24T16:23:32+00:00February 11th, 2013|Science Education|

An Interview with Dr. Lainie Ross (By Nanette Ryan)

An Interview with Dr. Lainie Ross Dr. Lainie Ross is the Carolyn and Matthew Bucksbaum Professor of Clinical Ethics; Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine, Surgery and The College; and Associate Director of the Maclean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, at the University of Chicago. On November 2nd, Dr. Ross joined us at the Rotman Institute as [...]

2016-07-19T15:46:45+00:00November 5th, 2012|Biomedical Ethics|

Does Science Need Math? – Pub night at The Morrissey House (By Reuven Brandt)

On Wednesday October 17th the Rotman Institute sponsored a pub night at The Morrissey House where we discussed the history of quantification in science.  The purpose was to discuss some of the ideas raised atThe Language of Nature Workshop with interested members of the public.  The discussion was led by Chris Smeenk and Benjamin Hill [...]

2016-07-19T15:47:45+00:00October 29th, 2012|Events, Members|

Commentary on George Reisch’s "The Paranoid Style in American History of Science" – By Reuven Brandt

The last talk in the Rotman lecture series, given by George Reisch of Northwestern University, focused on how the political and social climate of the late 1950s influenced Kuhn’s famous book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Reisch claims that Kuhn’s early insistence that paradigms immutably and comprehensively colour the way scientists perceive phenomena and assess [...]

2014-03-18T16:32:21+00:00October 14th, 2012|Events|

What’s New about Systems Biology? – Valérie Racine

What’s New about Systems Biology? I was recently invited to an inter-disciplinary workshop held at the Institute of Systems Biology (ISB) in Seattle, where HPS scholars and scientists met to address the question: What’s new about ‘Systems Biology’? The workshop was organized by Arizona State University’s (ASU) Center for Biology and Society, in partnership with [...]

2014-03-18T16:36:57+00:00September 24th, 2012|Philosophy of Biology|

REPOC Event: Science Pub Night on Black Holes – Melissa Jacquart

It is my pleasure to introduce the Rotman Institute of Philosophy Events Planning and Outreach Committee (REPOC for short).  REPOC organizes and helps Rotman Institute members carry out public outreach and science education events. On Tuesday, April 2nd, REPOC held its inaugural event, the first in a series of Science Pub Nights.  At Science Pub Nights, [...]

2014-03-18T17:02:43+00:00April 25th, 2012|Events|

Policy and Values

A while back in the article “Science, Values and Democracy” I argued that science alone cannot determine policy and that values and politics play an integral part of the decision making process.  If you don’t want to take my word for it, here is an article by psychiatry profess or Keith Humphreys talking about values in [...]

2014-03-18T17:03:28+00:00April 24th, 2012|Science and Society|

Articles in the London Free Press

Here are links to letters published in the London Free Press discussing two of their recent editorials: Veils during Citizenship Oaths: http://www.lfpress.com/comment/letters/home.html?p=48009&x=letters&l_publish_date=&s_publish_date=&s_keywords=brandt&s_topic=&s_letter_type=Letter%20to%20Edit Como Conquistar Un Hombre or&s_topic=&s_letter_status=Active&s=letters Regulations Governing Prostitution: http://www.lfpress.com/comment/letters/home.html?p=49989&x=letters&l_publish_date=&s_publish_date=&s_keywords=brandt&s_topic=&s_letter_type=Letter%20to%20Editor&s_topic=&s_letter_status=Active&s=letters zp8497586rq

2016-07-19T15:53:51+00:00April 10th, 2012|Graduate Students|