April 17: Rotman Lecturer Helen Longino presents Perspectives and Pluralities

Perspectives and Pluralities

Helen Longino, Stanford University April 16, 2015 – April 16, 2015 Location: Western University, 1200 Spencer Engineering Building Start Time: 5:00 pm ESTEnd Time: 6:30 pm EST Download a Poster Abstract This lecture will explore how the same phenomenon assumes different forms from different research perspectives and consequences of this for our understanding of scientific […]

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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 Principle Friday, April 24, Stevenson Hall 1145, 2:30-5pm Sponsored 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 […]

March 20: Pierre Jacob presents 'What is so special about human cognition?'

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

  Pierre Jacob, Institut Nicod March 20, 2015 Location: Western University, 141 Talbot College Start Time: 3:30 pm ESTEnd Time: 5:00 pm EST Download a Poster   Abstract I 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 […]

Job Posting: Event Marketing Assistant - Apply by April 13

Job Posting: Event Marketing Assistant

The Rotman Institute is advertising a position for a part-time Event Marketing Assistant for a one year contract, with a deadline to apply of April 13th, 2015. Full details and application procedures are on the website.

October 24--26, 2014

Reto Knutti: Mysterious Models and Enigmatic Ensembles

  Mysterious Models and Enigmatic Ensembles Reto 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 […]

The Orgasm Wars - Elisabeth Lloyd, March 6, 3:30pm

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 […]

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Elisabeth Lloyd: Robustness of Climate models

  Elisabeth Lloyd, Indiana University, Bloomington March 05, 2015 Location: Western University, Stevenson Hall, Room 1145 3:30 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 […]

October 24--26, 2014

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, Israel The 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 […]