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Reflections from the Social Impact of Medicalizing Psychiatry Workshop

by Catherine Stinson A few weeks have passed since the conference I co-organized with Derek Oswick, Veromi Arsiradam, Carolyn McLeod and Jackie Sullivan on The Social Impact of Medicalizing Psychiatry, but the messages are still resonating loudly for me, and for several other participants I’ve heard from. I’d like to take a moment to reflect [...]

Aimee van Wynsberghe: The Ethics of Ethical Robots

ABSTRACT Robots are no longer fuel for the imagination of science fiction writers; they are now a part of our personal and professional lives and will become increasingly so in the years to come. They are already a part of surgical procedures and are delivering sheets and medications throughout the hospital. They are becoming a [...]

2017-08-16T17:32:30+00:00 March 17th, 2017|

Aimee van Wynsberghe: Robot Ethics: What is it and why should we care?

ABSTRACT The 21st century is predicted to be the century of service robots. Service robots differ from factory robots in that they function in unstructured and unpredictable human environments and will even co-operate with humans. They can already be found in: neighbourhood stores for greeting us; hospitals to help with surgeries, rehabilitation, or for the [...]

2017-08-16T17:49:52+00:00 March 16th, 2017|

Panel Discussion: Responsible Robotics: Shaping a future with robots worth wanting

ABSTRACT On the cusp of the robotics revolution we will now encounter robots in our day-to-day lives whether it's a robot to deliver our pizza or greet us in the shopping mall, or having a robot assist a surgeon perform a surgery. Not only will this powerful technology provide us with incredible benefits, relieving us [...]

2017-08-16T17:55:01+00:00 March 15th, 2017|

February Member News & Updates

Four Rotman graduate students were among the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) award recipients announced recently. Please join us in congratulating each of our 2015 Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program Doctoral Scholarship recipients (pictured above, left to right): Adam Woodcox - "Plato on the nature and value of pleasure" Tracy de Boer [...]

2017-03-01T15:16:53+00:00 March 1st, 2017|Members, Rotman News|

The Social Impact of Medicalizing Psychiatry

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION Psychiatry is increasingly being influenced by research in neuroscience and mainstream medicine. There is a push to reform psychiatry’s diagnostic categories to reflect increasing knowledge about the brain structures and neural mechanisms associated with psychopathology. Pharmaceutical treatments are quickly replacing talk therapies. Getting funding for psychiatric research increasingly requires a focus on cellular [...]

2017-08-16T17:27:23+00:00 February 17th, 2017|

ACMES 2 video playlist is now complete

ACMES 2, Computationally Assisted Mathematical Discovery and Experimental Mathematics, was a four-day conference held on May 12 - 15, 2016 at Western University. Computational Discovery, also called Experimental Mathematics, is the use of symbolic and numerical computation to discover patterns, to identify particular numbers and sequences, and to gather evidence in support of specific mathematical [...]

2017-02-15T15:27:32+00:00 February 15th, 2017|Events, Philosophy of Mathematics|

Announcing the Winner of the Rotman Philosophical Photography Contest

The Rotman Institute Philosophical Photography Contest challenged people to submit unique photographs that somehow managed to capture an abstract philosophical concept. We received a fabulous mix of photos that were reviewed by a small panel of judges. Choosing the winning photograph was no easy task -- some of the photographs themselves were particularly striking, some [...]

2017-02-09T20:46:39+00:00 February 9th, 2017|Events|

January Member News & Updates

Rotman members kicked off the new year with a busy month of activities. New publications, conference presentations, media appearances, and other news are all listed below in alphabetical order. An article on sports ethics, Competing Interests: The team doctor’s dual loyalty problem, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal included commentary by Samantha Brennan. Samantha [...]

2017-08-03T11:58:53+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Members, Rotman News|

New videos added to the ACMES 2 playlist on YouTube

ACMES 2, Computationally Assisted Mathematical Discovery and Experimental Mathematics, was a four day conference held on May 12 - 15, 2016 at Western University. Videos from the fourth day of the conference have been added to the ACMES 2 video playlist. Remaining videos from the conference will be available soon. Computational Discovery, also called Experimental [...]

2017-01-12T13:37:21+00:00 January 12th, 2017|Events|