Inductive Risk and Values in Climate Science

Cross-posted from Je fais, donc je suis I’ve spent this weekend at the Rotman Institute’s big annual conference, this year on climate science. In this post, I want to follow up on an exchange Saturday morning, between Gavin Schmidt and Eric Winsberg. Some quick context: In a 2012 paper, Winsberg applied Heather Douglas’ inductive risk […]

Climate Change: What is to be done? A public panel discussion - Tonight - October 23

Free Public Panel on Climate Change: tonight

We invite you to join us for a free public panel discussion tonight, Thursday, October 23, 2014 titled Climate Change: What is to be done? The panel will be held in 1200 Spencer Engineering Building on Western University’s campus in London, Ontario. Free parking is available at the Alumni/Thompson Lot off the Alumni Hall traffic […]

Conference registration date extended – Program online

The deadline date to register for the upcoming Annual Rotman Institute Conference has been extended to October 17, 2014. Registration for Knowledge and Models in Climate Science: Philosophical, Historical, and Scientific Perspectives, which is from October 24-26 in London, Ontario is here. Note that the draft program for the conference is now available on the […]

Babies, Developmental Neuroscience, and Philosophy

The Rotman Institute and Brain and Mind Institute have recently welcomed many new additions into our families. One amazing feature of bringing new babies into the world is to witness, first hand, how our social brains develop, and to reflect on the various philosophical puzzles this information generates. Thankfully, several psychologists, developmental neuroscientists and philosophers have reflected […]


Coffee Break: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

During our last Rotman Coffee Break, hosted by PhD student Emma Ryman, Rotman Members discussed the ethics of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. We questioned whether it encouraged people to donate for the wrong reasons, whether there are more effective charities or pressing causes we ought to be donating to instead, or whether all the criticism of the Ice […]