June Member News and Updates

This month, members of the Rotman Institute hosted three annual conferences: the Rotman 2017 Annual Conference, Cosmology and the Future of Spacetime; the 2017 Philosophy of Logic, Mathematics, and Physics Graduate Conference (LMP); and the 2017 PhilMiLCog Graduate Student Conference. In addition to these events, other member activities for the month are listed below in alphabetical order.

On June 8, Samantha Brennan was interviewed on radio station 3CR, where she spoke about how the structure of the family has changed over time, negatives and positives associated with the family and described what the family of the future might be like. Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Cuffaro and co-editor Sam Fletcher recently submitted the complete manuscript of the edited volume they are putting together, titled “Physical Perspectives on Computation, Computational Perspectives on Physics“, to their publisher, Cambridge University Press.

Lisa Forsberg, Anthony Skelton, and Isra Black will be presenting the paper “On Adolescent Refusals of Life-Prolonging Medical Treatment” at the Society for Applied Philosophy Annual Conference in Copenhagen, June 30-July 2 and at the Philosophy and Childhood Conference, held at the Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research, University of Salzburg, July 13-July 14, 2017.

Cory Goldstein and Charles Weijer co-authored a paper, with Marion Campbell and Sarah J Edwards, that was recently published in the British Medical Journal: “Do doctors have a duty to participate in pragmatic randomised trials?“.

Marie Gueguen and Stathis Psillos co-authored a paper titled “Anti-Scepticism and Epistemic Humility in Pierre Duhem’s Philosophy of Science” that was recently published in Transversal: International Journal for the Historiography of Science.

On May 17, Marc Holman delivered a talk titled “Alternatives to General Relativity and the Nature of Gravitation” at the First Minkowski Meeting on the Foundations of Spacetime Physics in Varna, Bulgaria.

Jaclyn Lanthier recently published a book review of Andy Clark’s “Surfing Uncertainty: Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind” (Oxford University Press) in Dialogue.

Adrian Owen and researchers in his lab at the Brain and Mind Institute recently launched the world’s largest sleep study to investigate the effects of sleep, and sleep deprivation, on our brains.

Adrian Owen recently published a book titled “Into the Gray Zone” about his work with patients in a vegetative state that examines the borders of consciousness.

Philippos Papagiannopoulos gave a talk titled “Real number algorithms and open texture” in Bologna, Italy at the Triennial International Conference of the Italian Society for Logic and Philosophy of Science (SILFS 2017) held June 20-23, 2017.

On May 31, Stathis Psillos gave a talk titled “Laws and Powers in the Frame of Nature” at the Bergen Philosophy of Science Workshop 2017, held at the University of Bergen, Norway.

Stathis Psillos was a keynote speaker at the 6th Ernst Mach Workshop: The Epistemology of Metaphysics, held June 29-30, 2017 at the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague. His talk was titled “Metaphysics of Science: Fact or Framework?”.

Jamie Shaw has a new publication titled “Was Feyerabend an anarchist? The structure(s) of ‘anything goes’” in Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A.

On July 14, Valérie Therrien will be giving a talk titled “The Axiom Of Choice As Paradigm Shift: The Case for the Distinction between the Ontological and the Methodological Crisis in the Foundations of Mathematics” at the FilMat Conference in Trento, Italy.

Valérie Therrien will attend the MCMP Summer School for Women in Mathematics at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) from July 30 to August 5, 2017.

On June 21, Charles Weijer participated in a panel discussion titled, “Beyond RCTs — Assessing the Need for Alternatives” at the New York Academy of Sciences conference, The Need to Accelerate Therapeutic Development — Must Randomized Controlled Trials Give Way?

Adam Woodcox presented a paper titled “Aristotle on the Causes and Limits of Aging” at the conference “Elders are Twice Children.” Aging in Ancient Thinking at the Université de Montréal, which ran June 7-9.

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