Here is the first video from the Knowledge and Models in Climate Science: Philosophical, Historical & Scientific Perspectives Conference at the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, Western University, October 24-26, 2014. James Fleming (Colby College, Science, Technology and Society) Abstract: I present case studies of “shape-shifting nouns” in the history of dynamic climatology and identify some […]
The second lecture Peter Achinstein gave in November, 2014 is now available on our YouTube channel, and below: Abstract: Isaac Newton famously claimed that hypotheses, i.e., unproved propositions, have no place in “experimental philosophy.” Maxwell disagreed and proposed three methods that can legitmately be employed when a scientist lacks proof for a theory, or even […]
Abstract: Scientists and philosophers who seek, or advocate seeking, a “theory of everything” (e.g., string theory, Thomas Nagel’s panpsychic theory, David Chalmers’ “construction of the world”) want to produce a grand, unifying theory that can explain everything on the basis of fundamental laws and constituents of the universe. Advocates of this idea offer […]
Three Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Rotman Institute have now opened, and will be accepting applications until January 15, 2015. These positions provide new scholars with a unique opportunity to pursue his or her chosen areas of scholarly research in collaboration with Rotman Institute Members. The Rotman Institute of Philosophy is situated in one of Canada’s […]
Should we take drastic measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions now, or should we continue our current practices and leave it to future generations to adapt to the effects of climate change? Opinions on this issue are divided. In this lecture Roman Frigg explains the terms of the debate in plain English (no knowledge of […]
You can now view the public panel Climate Change: What is to be done? with panelists Gary Brown (Community Activist), Heather Douglas (University of Waterloo), Radoslav Dimitrov (Western University), and Jeffrey Simpson (The Globe and Mail).
Peter Achinstein of Johns Hopkins University is visiting the Rotman Institute next week, and will give two talks. His talk on Thursday, November 13 will engage with the history and philosophy of science, and his public talk on November 14 will be aimed at a more public audience (but also of interest to philosophers). What […]
This week many of our members are heading to Chicago, Illinois to present at the 2014 History of Science Society / Philosophy of Science Association meeting. We’re proud to say we have 1 post doc, 4 graduate students, 5 Western faculty members , and 4 recent Rotman Institute alumni presenting on the following: **Post Doc Daniel J. Hicks has a […]
Gillian Barker gave this talk as part of the series co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, and the London Public Library.
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 […]