Video Posting — Cordelia Fine: The myth of the Lehman Sisters? Sex, testosterone, and financial risk-taking

Cordelia Fine, of the University of Melbourne, delivered a lecture on March 9, 2016 entitled, The myth of the Lehman Sisters? Sex, testosterone, and financial risk-taking. Video of this lecture has been posted on the Rotman Institute of Philosophy YouTube channel. Abstract: There is growing scientific interest in the role of testosterone in financial risk-taking [...]

2016-03-17T10:35:40+00:00March 17th, 2016|Events, Science and Society|

Video Posting — Evan Fraser: Food in 2050: The Challenge of Feeding 9 Billion

Evan Fraser, of the University of Guelph, delivered a lecture on February 25, 2016 entitled, Food in 2050: The Challenge of Feeding 9 Billion. Video of this lecture has been posted on the Rotman Institute of Philosophy YouTube channel. Abstract: Creating food systems capable of sustainably, equitably, and nutritiously feeding 9 billion people while dealing [...]

2016-03-11T11:09:58+00:00March 11th, 2016|Climate Change, Events, Food Ethics, Science and Society|

Bill Nye and the Value of Philosophy

by Jamie Shaw Bill Nye’s recent comments about the (lack of) value of philosophy have caused somewhat of an uproar within the philosophical community. These comments are not new; many scientists and popular figures (including Neil deGrasse Tyson, Stephen Hawking, and Richard Dawkins) have signaled the death of philosophy as a discipline and nominated ‘science’ [...]

2016-03-09T10:15:44+00:00March 9th, 2016|Science and Society|

What are the arguments for and against effective altruism? Peter Singer TED talk & a Boston Review forum

On September 17th, Peter Singer will be delivering the first Rotman lecture of the academic year, entitled, "The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically". What is effective altruism? Singer explored the topic in his 2013 TED talk, "The why and how of effective altruism". (NOTE: Starting at [...]

2015-08-20T14:29:38+00:00August 20th, 2015|Events, Science and Society|

#TBT Philip Kitcher’s lectures, “Science in a Democratic Society”, are up on the Rotman YouTube Channel

Have you visited the Rotman Institute YouTube channel lately? All videos have now been sorted into playlists by area, making it much easier to find the content you are looking for. Browse videos on Philosophy of Science, History and Philosophy of Science, Science and Values, and more. And if you have not done so already, [...]

2015-08-13T12:30:51+00:00August 13th, 2015|Events, Science and Society|

Rotman Postdoc Dan Hicks has job news!

Cross-posted from Dan Hicks' personal blog. Starting in September, I will be an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, working in the EPA’s Chemical Safety for Sustainability [CSS] program. I’ve actually known about this for almost two months, but only received the paperwork making things official this week. (I’m taking this as my first introduction [...]

2015-08-07T14:51:26+00:00July 3rd, 2015|PostDoctoral Fellows, Science and Society|

Public Policy: What Philosophers of Science can Contribute

Reposted from Je fais, donc je suis.  Marks of the form [^2] should be read as footnotes.  I spent last week in Washington, DC, interviewing with about 10 different federal government offices as a finalist for a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship. As you’ll see from those slides, AAAS policy fellows are primarily natural scientists and engineers; [...]

Rotman Postdoc Public Lecture: The GMO Controversy: Health, Safety, … and What Else?

On Wednesday, April 8, at 7:30pm, Rotman postdoc Dan Hicks will be giving a lecture for the Humanist Association of London and Area at the Cross Cultural Learning Centre, 505 Dundas Street in London. The lecture is open to the general public and a $2 donation is suggested. The title and abstract are below.The GMO [...]

Elisabeth Lloyd: The Orgasm Wars

The Orgasm Wars Friday, March 6 3:30pm-5pm New Chu International Centre Abstract: There has been a fierce battle occurring among people who explain the evolution of human female orgasm, about its evolutionary origins and nature. The core issue is that the female orgasm presents an evolutionary puzzle. Unlike the male orgasm, female orgasm is not [...]