2019 Essay Prize in Philosophy of Cosmology

The purpose of this competition is to promote new work in the emerging interdisciplinary field of philosophy of cosmology, in particular by encouraging scholars at all career stages to consider the central questions in this area. We solicit papers on any topic concerning the philosophy of cosmology. We are particularly (but not exclusively) interested [...]

How can there be “emotions” without “emotion”?

Rotman faculty member Louis Charland published a blog post yesterday entitled, "Emotions without Emotion: A Challenge for the Neurophilosophy and Neuroscience of Emotion". It was featured on The Neuroethics Blog, hosted by the Center for Ethics, Neuroethics Program at Emory University. In the post, Charland examines the distinction between the terms emotion and cognition, and [...]

2017-01-03T12:08:10+00:00February 3rd, 2016|Lab Associates, Philosophy of Neuroscience, Projects|

Interview with Michael Anderson

Rotman graduate student, Jessey Wright, conducted the following interview with Professor Michael Anderson -- Visiting Fellow at the Rotman Institute. Professor Michael Anderson is a visiting scholar at the Rotman Institute. Professor Anderson’s work sits at the intersection of psychology, computer science and philosophy. For example, his recent book, After Phrenology:  Neural Reuse and the [...]

2017-01-03T12:08:20+00:00January 28th, 2016|Events, Lab Associates, Philosophy of Neuroscience, Projects|

Video Posting — Hugo Critchley: Interoception, Emotion and Self: How the Heart Gates Feelings and Perceptions

Hugo Critchley, of Brighton and Sussex Medical School and Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, University of Sussex, delivered a lecture on October 15, 2015 entitled, Interoception, Emotion and Self: How the Heart Gates Feelings and Perceptions. Video of this lecture has been posted on the Rotman Institute of Philosophy YouTube channel. Abstract: Information concerning the [...]

2017-01-03T12:08:42+00:00December 7th, 2015|Events, Lab Associates, Philosophy of Neuroscience, Projects|

Do We Run Because We Are Scared? Or Are We Scared Because We Run?

by Dr. Chris Fiacconi We have all had the experience of being in a potentially threatening situation. Your neck tenses, your heart pounds, and your palms sweat. You feel afraid, and try to escape from danger. In other words, you run away because you are scared. However, modern scientific research on how our brains generate [...]

2017-01-03T12:07:11+00:00October 13th, 2015|Events, Lab Associates, Philosophy of Neuroscience, Projects|

Video Posting — David Chalmers: Spatial Experience and Virtual Reality

Video of David Chalmer’s lecture, Spatial Experience and Virtual Reality, has been posted on the Rotman Institute of Philosophy YouTube channel. Do virtual reality devices such as the Oculus Rift produce the illusion of an external reality? Or do they produce non-illusory experiences of a virtual reality? Chalmers addressed this question by starting with an [...]

2017-01-03T12:07:20+00:00October 8th, 2015|Events, Lab Associates, Philosophy of Neuroscience, Projects|

Rotman Meets Rotman

The collaborations between Western’s Brain and Mind Institute (BMI) and the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, in the form of the lab associate program (which places philosophy graduate students in labs at the BMI) and collaborations between researchers (most recently, our postdoctoral fellow Robert Foley co-authored a paper with BMI director Melvyn Goodale and BMI PhD [...]

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

 Pierre Jacob, Institut NicodMarch 20, 2015 Location: Western University, 141 Talbot CollegeStart Time: 3:30 pm ESTEnd Time: 5:00 pm EST Download a Poster AbstractI 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 able to engage in ostensive cooperative communicative actions.Since [...]

2017-01-03T12:05:29+00:00April 2nd, 2015|Lab Associates, Philosophy of Neuroscience, Projects|

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 [...]