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Chris Letheby Q&A Follow-up

Last May, Chris Letheby delivered a fascinating lecture, Philosophy of Psychedelics, as part of our Emerging Minds colloquium series. Video of his talk can be seen on the Rotman Institute YouTube channel (or via the link below). Following the talk, attendees had an opportunity to submit written questions. Because there were more questions than [...]

2021-07-09T09:38:34-04:00July 9th, 2021|Events, Popular science, Science and Society|

Publication of The WHO Policy Brief on Covid-19 and Mandatory Vaccination: Ethical Considerations and Caveats

by Anthony Skelton Ending the pandemic will require mass vaccination for COVID-19. But will it be achieved simply by leaving vaccination to the voluntary choice of individuals? If not, is it permissible for institutions or states to mandate vaccination for COVID-19? It is not uncommon for institutions or the state to mandate public health measures [...]

Three Postdoctoral Associates in Philosophy Focus on AI

This article, Three Postdoctoral Associates in Philosophy Focus on AI, is reprinted with permission from Western's Faculty of Arts & Humanities. Artificial intelligence (AI) and related technologies pose new opportunities and challenges across many domains of our lives. Philosophers are uniquely equipped to address the underlying assumptions and potential conflicts that arise from integrating these [...]

Mandating COVID-19 Vaccination for Children

Written by Lisa Forsberg and Anthony Skelton Mandating COVID-19 vaccination for children is cross-posted from the Practical Ethics blog, of the University of Oxford.  In many countries vaccine rollouts are now well underway. Vaccine programmes in Israel, the United Kingdom, Chile, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and the United States have been particularly successful. Mass vaccination [...]

Uncertainty in Astrochemistry: An Interview with Marie Gueguen

Marie Gueguen is an alumnus of the Rotman Institute, who completed her doctorate under the supervision of Chris Smeenk in 2019. She was recently awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowship (IF) grant by the European Commission. Her unique project will embed her in a research group working with molecular physicists and astrochemists--one of [...]

2021-02-23T14:06:00-05:00February 23rd, 2021|Alumni, Philosophy of Cosmology|

On Spacetime & Discovery: Interview with Niels Linnemann

Niels Linnemann worked as a postdoctoral fellow on the New Directions in Philosophy of Cosmology grant project, with principal investigator Chris Smeenk. His fellowship came to end in January 2021, but he will continue working with Chris and other collaborators on the project. And as the situation with COVID improves & travel is permitted we [...]

2021-02-18T14:20:34-05:00February 18th, 2021|Philosophy of Cosmology, PostDoctoral Fellows|

Towards a Mutualist Understanding of the Mind: An Interview with Ed Baggs

Ed Baggs joined the Rotman Institute of Philosophy as a postdoctoral fellow in fall 2019. His work focuses on embodied approaches in cognitive science, including ecological psychology, dynamic systems theory, and enactivism. This virtual interview was conducted by Eric Desjardins & is part of a series of interviews of all of our current postdocs. More [...]

2020-09-21T11:44:53-04:00September 21st, 2020|PostDoctoral Fellows|

2020 Call for Graduate Student Applications

The Rotman Institute of Philosophy is currently inviting graduate students to apply for membership. The Institute’s mission is to catalyze and lead the production of interdisciplinary research by uniting philosophers with scientists, policy makers and the general public. Our open-concept, collaborative work space is housed in the Western Interdisciplinary Research Building, along with the Brain and Mind [...]

2020-09-03T09:22:57-04:00September 3rd, 2020|Rotman News|

The Intersection of Particle Physics and Cosmology: Interview with Adam Koberinski

Adam Koberinski has worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow on the New Directions in Philosophy of Cosmology research project, under Chris Smeenk, for the past year. His research focuses on the intersection of particle physics and cosmology. Laura Cardozo conducted this virtual interview with Adam to learn more about his research and what sparked his interest [...]

Annotated Bibliography on 16th Century Natural Philosophy: Rotman GRA Project

By Benjamin Hill James Mackey (MA, Western expected 2020) was assigned to me for a Rotman Summer Graduate Research Assistantship. Our project was to create in Zotero an annotated bibliography of recent work (works published since 2015) on 16th century natural philosophy. As many of you know well, the 16th century saw the birth of [...]

2020-07-23T09:51:53-04:00July 23rd, 2020|Graduate Students, GRAs, Philosophy of Science|
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