Rotman 2013 Annual Conference: Science and Reality

CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION Science has changed the ways we think of, and act on, the world. But do we really understand the relation between scientific theories and the world? Are there different perspectives on the world? How can it be that science, a characteristically human and social endeavour, yields successful predictions and fruitful explanations? What is [...]

Rotman 2014 Annual Conference: Knowledge and Models in Climate Science

CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION The Rotman Institute of Philosophy second annual conference, Knowledge and Models in Climate Science: Philosophical, Historical, and Scientific Perspectives, took place on Oct. 24-26, 2014. The conference brought together researchers to discuss the use of models in understanding the climate from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Models and computer simulations are essential not [...]

Rotman 2016 Annual Conference: Rethinking the Taxonomy of Psychology

Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre 551 Windermere Road, London, Ontario, Canada

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION This workshop focused on an emerging research project in the cognitive neurosciences wherein the traditional scientific approach of using psychological investigations to enhance our understanding of the brain has been flipped, and instead scientists are using neuroscientific investigations to challenge and change the conceptual foundations of psychology. Specifically, it has become possible, using [...]

Rotman 2017 Annual Conference: Cosmology and the Future of Spacetime

Room 114 - North Campus Building 2004 Perth Drive, London, Ontario, Canada

Cosmology and the Future of Spacetime is a three-day conference taking place June 12-14, 2017 at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. To view full details about the conference, please visit the conference page on the philosophy of cosmology website. CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION Even though general relativity has enjoyed profound success throughout the century since its [...]

Rotman 2018 Annual Conference: Understanding Replication Across the Sciences

Room 3000 - Western Interdisciplinary Research Building Western University, London, Ontario, Canada

CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION Currently, there is a widespread perception that scientific activity is in the middle of a (so-called) 'reproducibility' or 'replication crisis'. Many important findings published in leading scientific journals have turned out to be difficult or impossible to replicate. The ongoing controversy surrounding the reproducibility of scientific activity threatens to undermine the authority of [...]

Space as a National Asset for Canada – #SNAC2022

Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre 551 Windermere Road, London, Ontario, Canada

Bringing together stakeholders from universities, government, industry, and community organizations that develop and utilize space to assess the current status of space infrastructure and identify future needs for Canada.

Rotman Research Retreat: AI & Democracy

Western Interdisciplinary Research Building Perth Drive, London, Ontario, Canada

This retreat will bring together researchers from across disciplines and departments at Western to look ahead to future normative, political, and technological dimensions of anticipated impacts that AI will have on democracies. There is already a substantial body of scholarship exploring the ways in which new technologies have impacted democratic practices and institutions and [...]