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|

May & June 2021 Member News & Updates

Our first piece of exciting news in this bi-monthly post comes from Francesca Vidotto. Francesca was named Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Foundations of Physics in June. The CRC program is designed to attract and retain some of the world’s most accomplished and promising minds in engineering, natural sciences, health sciences, humanities and social sciences [...]

2021-07-05T13:16:41-04:00July 5th, 2021|Members|

April 2021 Member News & Updates

We'd like to start off this post by sharing some exciting news from Becky Ellis and John Lehmann. Becky (supervised by Tony Weis) defended her PhD thesis tilted “Pollinator People: an ethnography of bees, bee advocates, and possibilities for multispecies commoning in Toronto and London,ON” on April 15th via Zoom and John (supervised by Robert DiSalle) [...]

2021-06-24T14:18:42-04:00May 4th, 2021|Members|

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 [...]

February & March 2021 Member News & Updates

Our first piece of exciting news in this bi-monthly post comes from Craig Fox. Craig (supervised by Chris Smeenk) defended his PhD thesis tilted "An Empiricist Defense of Scientific Stories About the Past" on March 18th via Zoom. Congratulations, Craig! Our next piece of exciting news comes from Rotman alumna Marie Gueguen. Marie was awarded an MSCA [...]

2021-04-06T11:42:58-04:00April 6th, 2021|Members|

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|

The Ethics of AI: Interview with Bartek Chomanski

Bartek Chomanski is in his second year as a postdoc at the Rotman Institute, on a fellowship jointly funded with the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, the Faculty of Science, and the Faculty of Engineering. He has research interests in philosophy of mind and the ethics of emerging technologies, especially AI and robotics. He recently completed [...]

2021-04-20T08:50:36-04:00February 9th, 2021|PostDoctoral Fellows|
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