Zika: An Epidemic or an Issue of Reproductive Justice?

by Nicole L. Fice, Cory E. Goldstein, and Austin R. Horn The media response to the recent Zika virus outbreak has been sensationalized and, as a result, governmental responses have been largely misplaced. Zika is a virus that has been around for decades, with relatively mild symptoms. However, a recent outbreak in Brazil that coincided [...]

Video Posting — Andrew Light: What Happened in Paris? How Differentiation Evolved to Create a Global Climate Agreement.

Last Friday, Andrew Light delivered the 2016 Rotman Lecture, titled, What Happened in Paris? How Differentiation Evolved to Create a Global Climate Agreement. Dr. Light is a professor at George Mason University, Director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute, and a former Senior Climate Change Adviser [...]

2016-09-20T10:07:10-04:00September 20th, 2016|Climate Change, Events, Science and Society|

Physician Assisted Death: Challenges for Social Policy in Canada

by Cory Goldstein On February 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada declared in Carter v. Canada (Attorney General) that the prohibition of physician assisted death—section 14 and section 241(b) of the Criminal Code—is unconstitutional1. The Court stated that the prohibition was deemed to infringe on the rights of individuals under section 7 of the [...]

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 [...]

2016-03-17T10:35:40-04:00March 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 [...]

2016-03-11T11:09:58-05:00March 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’ [...]

2016-03-09T10:15:44-05:00March 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 [...]

2021-07-12T13:21:05-04:00August 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, [...]

2015-08-13T12:30:51-04:00August 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 [...]

2021-06-24T14:26:57-04:00July 3rd, 2015|Members, PostDoctoral Fellows, Science and Society|
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