In January of next year, Henrik Lagerlund will be leaving Western University to begin a new position as professor in the history of philosophy at Stockholm University. Henrik has been an integral part of the institute, having been one of the founding faculty members, and acting as interim director in 2015. He will be deeply missed here at the institute, and across the Western University community. Please join us in wishing him all the best in this move back to his native country of Sweden.

Mackenzie Graham, a joint postdoctoral fellow with the Rotman Institute and the Brain and Mind Institute, will also be leaving Western in January 2018. Please join us in congratulating Mackenzie on securing a postdoctoral research fellowship in neuroethics with Julian Savulescu at Oxford University.

Other activities and announcements from our members for the past month are listed below in alphabetical order:

Michael Anderson attended the Designed Mind symposium, followed by the Expecting Ourselves: Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind workshop, from November 8 – 10 at the University of Edinburgh.

Michael Anderson has five recent publications:

  • Anderson, M.L. & Chemero, T. (in press). The world well gained: On the epistemic implications of ecological information. Clark and his Critics. MIT Press.
  • Bolt, T., Anderson, M.L. & Uddin, L. (2017). Beyond the evoked/intrinsic neural process dichotomy. Network Neuroscience. doi: 10.1162/NETN_a_00028
  • Anderson, M.L. (2017). Of Bayes and bullets: An embodied, situated, targeting-based account of predictive processing. In: T. K. Metzinger & Wanja Wiese, eds. Philosophy and Predictive Processing, ch. 4.  Frankfurt am Main: MIND Group. (PR)
  • Anderson, M.L. & Chemero, A. (2017). The brain evolved to guide action. In S. V. Shepherd (ed.), The Wiley handbook of evolutionary neuroscience, pp. 1-20. (London: Wiley-Blackwell).
  • Stewart, T.C., Penner-Wilger, M., Waring, R.J. & Anderson, M.L. (2017). A common neural substrate for finger gnosis and magnitude comparison. In. G. Gunzlemann, A. Howes, T. Tenbrink & E. Davelaar (Eds.), Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society

On November 17, Michael Cuffaro presented the paper: “Information Causality, the Tsirelson Bound, and the ‘Being Thus’ of Things” to the Physics Interest Group (PIG) at the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science.

Michael Cuffaro and Molly Kao will present their co-authored paper, titled “Employing Agent-Based Computer Simulations in Developing Theories of Distributive Justice”, at the ‘Models and Simulations 8‘ Conference at the University of South Carolina in March 2018.

Michael Cuffaro and Philippos Papayannopoulos are co-organising the 9th International Workshop on Physics and Computation, which will be held as a satellite workshop of the 17th International Conference on Unconventional Computation and Natural Computation (UCNC 2018) in Fontainebleau, France in June 2018. View the call for papers.

Justin Donhauser presented a paper, titled “The Special problem of Climate Refugees”, at the University of Michigan’s Ethics and Political, Social and Legal Annual Conference held on November 16 – 17.

Cory Goldstein co-authored a paper with  Jamie Brehaut and Charles Weijer, titled “Does Consent Form Follow Function?“, that was published on Taylor & Francis Online, and is in the latest issue of The American Journal of Bioethics.

Cory Goldstein and Charles Weijer attended the Global Forum on Bioethics in Research meeting on the ethics of alternative clinical trial designs and methods in low- and middle- income country research, held in Bangkok, Thailand on November 27 -29. Charles Weijer chaired a session on cluster randomized trials, and was on a panel titled, “how well does the current guidance, regulation and tools address the need, what gaps remain and can we identify creative solutions?”

Adam KoberinskiLucas Dunlap, and William L. Harper co-authored a paper, titled “Do the EPR correlations pose a problem for causal decision theory?“, that was published this month in Synthese.

A paper by Alida Liberman, titled “Disability, Sex Rights, and the Scope of Sexual Exclusion“, was published in the Journal of Medical Ethics.

Alida Liberman was featured in an American Philosophical Association (APA) Member Interview published on the APA Blog on November 3.

Joshua Luczak has a forthcoming paper, titled “How Many Aims Are We Aiming At?”, that was recently accepted for publication at Analysis.

Pictured above: Alida Liberman, featured in the APA Member Interview (left); Charles Weijer, presenting on cluster randomized trials at the Global Forum on Bioethics (right).