Call for Abstracts: Knowledge and Models in Climate Science: Philosophical, Historical, and Scientific Perspectives

We are delighted to announce that the Rotman Institute of Philosophy will host its second annual conference, Knowledge and Models in Climate Science, on Oct. 24-26, 2014.  The conference will bring together researchers to discuss the use of models in understanding the climate from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.  Models and computer simulations are essential not […]

Why Talk to Philosophers? Part IV.

Wayne Myrvold Here’s the latest in our series of physicists writing about the value of philosophy:  Ivette Fuentes on the interplay between science and philosophy (and also science and the arts!)  Science and philosophy share common goals. They aim at developing and deepening our understanding of reality, at uncovering the basic constituents of the Universe […]

Why Talk to Philosophers? Part III.

Wayne Myrvold Continuing our series of physicists writing about what they find vaulable in philosophy and in talking to philosophers, here’s Lee Smolin. My knowledge of the history and philosophy of physics helps me understand the challenges, frustrations and puzzles I encounter in my research, by putting them in the context of the long history […]

Why Talk to Philosophers? Part II.

Wayne Myrvold Continuing our series of physicists talking about why they find philosophy valuable (Part I here), here’s Carlo Rovelli. The recent dismissive remarks about philosophy by Neil deGrasse Tyson reopen a debate which I think is worthwhile reopening. Neil deGrasse Tyson is not the only one to consider philosophy useless for science. Many of my […]

Why Talk to Philosophers? Part I.

Wayne Myrvold About a month ago, I did a guest post over at New APPS that was prompted by philosophers’ responses to Neil de Grasse Tyson’s dismissive remarks about philosophy. Unsurprisingly, attitudes towards philosophy vary widely among physicists, and there are plenty of physicists who have a much more positive attitude towards philosophy. Some of […]

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An Interview with Charlotte Werndl

  On Monday, April 14, 2014, Professor Charlotte Werndl delivered the final lecture in the Rotman Institute of Philosophy Speaker Series.  On Sunday, a day before the lecture, she met with members of the Rotman Institute for a walk around the forks of the Themes River in London, Ontario.  In the audio file below, she […]

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Interviews With Andrew Peterson and Robert Foley

Check out interviews with two members of the Rotman Institute!  These interviews were conducted by Rotman Institute PhD student Shawn Bartlet for CHRW Community Radio and aired April 2nd. Andrew Peterson is a PhD student and in this interview he discusses his work on the ethics of research involving patients in vegetative states.   Andrew […]