Remaining videos from Cosmology and the Future of Spacetime Conference

Remaining videos from the 2017 Annual Rotman Conference, Cosmology and the Future of Spacetime, have been published. The complete conference playlist can be found on our YouTube channel. Videos of all Rotman Institute of Philosophy events can be viewed on our YouTube channel--subscribe to be notified whenever new videos are added. Tessa Baker (University of [...]

2017-07-06T08:58:42+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Events, Philosophy of Cosmology, Philosophy of Physics|

Videos from Cosmology and the Future of Spacetime Conference

The 2017 Annual Rotman Conference, Cosmology and the Future of Spacetime, was held here at Western from June 12-14. We are very pleased to shared videos from the first five talks--we'll have more to share later this week. In addition to these videos, a photo album from the conference can be viewed on our Flickr [...]

2017-08-18T11:05:15+00:00 July 4th, 2017|Events, Philosophy of Cosmology, Philosophy of Physics|

WWKPD – A Popperian Tale Gone Wrong

by Siska De Baerdemaeker In February, UC Irvine hosted the Methodology and Epistemology in Cosmology Conference, an event that brought together physical scientists and philosophers of science to explore different areas in cosmology that call for methodological innovation, and the epistemological consequences thereof. At the conclusion of the conference, I could not help but think [...]

2017-04-25T14:35:55+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Philosophy of Physics|

Where physics meets computation: Interview with Michael Cuffaro

Interview by Philippos Papayannopoulos   Michael Cuffaro is a philosopher of science who thinks about philosophical issues in quantum mechanics, about the nature of computing, about the interplay between them, about the notion of explanation in science, about complexity of algorithms, about Solomonoff Induction (I don’t know what this is either, but we’ll soon find [...]

Time Travel SciFi and Philosophy

Rotman Institute of Philosophy Postdoc Lucas Dunlap was recently featured on the Blog of the APA in the Course Spotlight Series for his Philosophy and Time Travel course. Lucas teaches an online class called "Philosophy & Time Travel", which focuses on the philosophical issues raised by the physics of time travel. We asked him to [...]

2016-10-25T23:11:25+00:00 October 25th, 2016|Philosophy of Physics, Philosophy teaching|

Brian Leiter Updates Philosophy Department Rankings for Fall 2016

Every few years, the Philosophical Gourmet Report assesses philosophy departments around the world, as well as the various areas of philosophical specialization. In fall 2016, Brian Leiter (who along with Berit Brogaard, edits the report) did a less formal update to these rankings based on faculty changes since the publication of the most recent report [...]

2016-10-18T10:06:44+00:00 October 18th, 2016|Philosophy of Physics, Philosophy of Science, Rotman News|

50 Years Since “On the Problem of Hidden Variables”

By Tom De Saegher This blog post celebrates the 50th anniversary of the publication of a particular paper on the foundations of quantum mechanics by physicist and philosopher, John Stewart Bell. “On the Problem of Hidden Variables” was published in the July, 1966 issue of Reviews of Modern Physics. The main objective of this blog [...]

2016-09-23T11:01:26+00:00 September 23rd, 2016|Philosophy of Physics, Quantum Mechanics|

Artwork inspired by 2016 Philosophy of Physics Conference, ITIQM

Kaća Bradonjić, currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics at Hampshire College, describes herself as a theoretical physicist who "walk[s] the Möbius strip of science and art". She was recently featured on the Daily Nous for artwork she has created titled, Projections -- a series of drawings, sketches and paintings inspired by research talks she [...]

2016-07-21T11:55:26+00:00 July 21st, 2016|Events, Philosophy of Physics, Quantum Mechanics|

ITIQM video playlist is complete

Information-Theoretic Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics, the 20th annual UWO philosophy of physics conference, was held on June 11-12, 2016 at Western University. The workshop was inspired by Jeffrey Bub’s recently published book Bananaworld: Quantum Mechanics for Primates (Oxford University Press). The workshop brought together diverse views on issues raised by and related to Professor Bub’s [...]

2016-07-19T15:10:10+00:00 July 6th, 2016|Events, Philosophy of Physics|