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Gilmore Girls’ Disappointing Take on Commercial Surrogacy (warning: this post contains spoilers)

Many fans of the Gilmore Girls were unhappy at how the show’s revival handled the storyline of the abrasive yet lovable Paris Geller. While I too agree that Paris deserves a happier ending, my dismay about her personal life was largely overshadowed by my dismay at how the show portrayed her career in commercial surrogacy [...]

Report from Down Under: Visiting the Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics

I recently returned from a 3-month study period at the Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics (CAVE). While I was there I was able to attend numerous conferences, workshops, and seminars, as well as meet regularly with my gracious host supervisor, Professor Wendy Rogers. One of the highlights from my trip was attending [...]

2016-06-16T11:04:23-04:00June 16th, 2016|Graduate Students, Philosophy of Ethics|

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 [...]

2021-06-24T14:26:57-04:00July 3rd, 2015|Members, 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 Meets Rotman

By Frédéric-I. Banville 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 [...]

2021-07-12T13:22:40-04:00April 27th, 2015|Lab Associates, Philosophy of Neuroscience, Projects|

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 [...]

Inductive Risk and Values in Climate Science

Cross-posted from Je fais, donc je suisI’ve spent this weekend at the Rotman Institute’s big annual conference, this year on climate science. In this post, I want to follow up on an exchange Saturday morning, between Gavin Schmidt and Eric Winsberg.Some quick context: In a 2012 paper, Winsberg applied Heather Douglas’ inductive risk argument to [...]

The Climate Debate: Ignorance, and/or Complexity?

by Dan Hicks Why is the climate change debate so interminable? From the perspective of many scientists, we’ve had compelling data since the 1970s and more than enough reason to reduce greenhouse gas emissions since the 1980s. Today the IPCC will release the first part of their fifth Assessment Report. But no one really expects [...]

2014-03-18T15:47:10-04:00September 27th, 2013|Climate Change|

Veronica Vasterling on Pseudoscientific Gender Claims

Further Reflections from the Future Directions in Feminist Phenomenology Conference By Emma Ryman At the Future Directions in Feminist Phenomenology conference, Veronica Vasterling gave a talk titled, “Feminist Phenomenology, Embedded Embodied Cognition, and [Pseudo] Scientific Gender Claims.” She is an Associate Professor in Gender Studies and Philosophy at the Institute for Gender Studies at Radboud [...]

2014-03-18T16:03:50-04:00July 23rd, 2013|Phenomenology|

New Podcast: Interview With Adrian Owen and Damian Cruse

With the generous help of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy (especially Rob Read), I've started a new podcast, The Life Of The Mind/Brain, examining issues that arise at the intersection of the cognitive sciences and society.  The first episode focuses on the amazing work coming out of Adrian Owen's lab which, as has been mentioned [...]

2013-07-03T14:02:36-04:00July 2nd, 2013|Biomedical Ethics|
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