Events

Michaelmas 2008/09

Friday, 10 October 5:00-6:30 pm
CONTINGENCY AND DISSENT IN SCIENCE
Peter Achinstein
Johns Hopkins University
What to do if you want to defend a theory you can't prove: Maxwell's method of physical speculation

Monday, 1 December and Tuesday, 2 December (T206 and NAB 107)
CONTINGENCY AND DISSENT IN SCIENCE
Institutionalizing Epistemic Standards for Science
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Summer 2008

Thursday, 5 June 4:00-6:00 pm
CONTINGENCY AND DISSENT IN SCIENCE
Aris Spanos
Virginia
Theory Testing in Economics and the Error Statistical Perspective

Lent 2008

Thursday, 14 February (tba)
CONTINGENCY AND DISSENT IN SCIENCE
Towfic Shomar
TBA

Monday, March 3rd and Tuesday, March 4th
CONTINGENCY AND DISSENT IN SCIENCE WORKSHOP
Dissent in Science: Origins and Outcomes Workshop
(University of California, San Diego)
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Michaelmas 2007

Thursday, 22 November 3:00-5:00pm
CONTINGENCY AND DISSENT IN SCIENCE
John Pemberton

Summer 2007

Tuesday, 24th April 4:00 - 5:30pm, H202
CONTINGENCY AND DISSENT IN SCIENCE

Damien Fennell (LSE)
Why and When Should We Trust our Methods of Causal Inference? Lessons from James Heckman on RCTs and Structural Models

Tuesday, 8 May 4:00 - 5:30pm, T206
CONTINGENCY AND DISSENT IN SCIENCE SPECIAL SEMINAR
Rupert Sheldrake (Cambridge)
Extend Your Mind--Is there Evidence for Telepathy?
Biologist Rupert Sheldrake, the Perrott-Warrick Scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge and author of The Sense of Being Stared At and Other Aspects of the Extended Mind presents his research on telepathy and other unexplained phenomena.

Wednesday, 16 May 5:30 - 7:30pm, G108, 20 Kingsway Building
CONTINGENCY AND DISSENT IN SCIENCE SPECIAL WORKSHOP
Trials and Tribulations--Evidence, Medical Decision-Making and Policy

Dr Oliver Gillie, Former Science Correspondent for the Sunday Times, founder of the Health Research Forum
Sunlight and shadow - conflicts in public health policy

Prof Trish Greenhalgh, Professor of Primary Health Care, Dept of Primary Care, UCL
Bayesian decision making in primary health care - or how to stop people dying of chicken pox

Prof Julian Peto, Cancer UK Research Prof in Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Why did uncontrolled asbestos use continue for 20 years after the risks were known?

There is a drive to make medicine and policy more evidence-based. But how? What challenges are faced in making medical decisions/policy more informed by evidence? Are the existing methods for bring evidence to bear in health policy problems adequate for the requirements of policy (and can they be)? How do institutional and political structures impact the ways evidence-based medical research and results are supported and used? And, in what ways might the relationships between researchers and policy makers be improved? Presenting three interesting cases, our panel critically discuss this and more in a joint event of the AHRC Contingency & Dissent in Science and UCL Leverhulme Evidence Projects.

Funded by the AHRC, Leverhulme Trust and ESRC

Wednesday, 30 May 5:30 - 7pm, T206
JOINT MEETING WITH CHOICE GROUP
Mariam Thalos
Movitating Anti-Individualistic Foundations for Decision Theory

4 June
JOINT MEETING WITH UCL EVIDENCE GROUP
(2nd joint meeting on evidence and medicine)
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Thursday and Friday 21 and 22 June
CONTINGENCY AND DISSENT IN SCIENCE SUMMER WORKSHOP
Contingency in Science: its Origins and Outcomes
T206, Lakatos Building, London School of Economics and Political Science

Thursday June 21st
9.30 - 10.00      Registration, Coffee
10.00 - 11.15    Eileen Munro 'Selective Use of Scientific Research to Justify Social Policies'
11.15 - 12.30    Sophia Efstathiou 'Using Contingency in Science: Found Science'
12.30 - 14.00    Lunch
14.00 - 15.15    Michael Marmot 'Inequalities in Health: Causal Judgements and Appropriate Actions'
15.15 - 15.45    Coffee  
16.00 - 17.15    James McAllister           TBA
17.30 - 19.00    Break
19.00                 Speakers dinner
 

Friday June 22nd
9.00 - 9.30        Coffee
9.30 - 10.45      Damien Fennell  'Analysing Why and When Randomized Controlled Trials Work - Lessons from James Heckman'
10.45 - 11.00    Coffee
11.00 - 12.15    Linsey McGoey 'Productive ambiguity: RCTs and the uses of inconsistency'
12.15 -13.30     Merete Konnerup 'Trials and Tribulations - Evidence-Based Policy, Contingency, and Dissent'

Lent 2007

Wednesday, 14 March 4:00-7:00 pm
CONTINGENCY AND DISSENT IN SCIENCE SPECIAL DOUBLE SEMINAR
Gregor Betz
Institut für Philosophie, Freie Universität Berlin
WWhat is the range of future scenarios climate policy should be based on? -- Modal falsificationism and its limitations.

Sophia Efstathiou
University of California, San Diego (Philosophy)
Found Science: Founding 'Race' in Science

NB: Venue: H101

Michaelmas 2006

Wednesday, 25 October 4:00 - 5:30pm
CONTINGENCY AND DISSENT IN SCIENCE - INVITED SPEAKER
Menno Rol
University of Groningen, Netherlands
Distinguishing Idealization from Abstraction: What it Means for the Policy Relevance of Social Research

Summer 2006

Monday-Tuesday, 19-20 June
Contingency and Dissent in Science Workshop
Provisional Evidence and Dissent in Science Workshop Programme
Venue: T206, Lakatos Building, London School of Economics

Monday, June 19th 

9:00 - 10:00  Registration and Coffee

10.00 - 10:10 

Welcome 

10.15 - 11.30

Defining a Role for Evidence 'From Above'
Jeremy Howick
Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
London School of Economics

Break
12.15 - 13.30 Does Dissent in Science Differ From Dissent in Religion?
Steve Fuller
Department of Sociology
University of Warwick

 

Lunch

14.30 - 15.45

Testimony, Dissent and the Growth of Knowledge
Peter Lipton
History and Philosophy of Science Department
University of Cambridge

 

Coffee
16.15 - 17.30 On the Grammar of Pure Scientific Dissent
Aristides Baltas
National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Tuesday, June 20th 

 

Coffee
9.30 - 10.45 Values, Uncertainty, and Dissent: A Rational Basis for Scientific Disagreement
Heather Douglas
Philosophy Department
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, U.S.A.

10.50 - 12.05

Evidence and Policy Evaluation - Some Lessons from Econometrics
Damien Fennell
Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science
London School of Economics

12.05 

Closing Remarks

Wednesday, 3 May 4:00 - 6:00pm
CONTINGENCY AND DISSENT IN SCIENCE - DISSENT IN SCIENCE JOINT SEMINAR
Stephen Pratten
King's College London
Ontological Theorising and Economic Analysis

Tuesday, 23 May 3:00 - 5:00pm
CONTINGENCY AND DISSENT IN SCIENCE
Methods for the Evaluation of Policy Interventions Seminar
Tiago Mata

London School of Economics, University College London
Self-defining Dissent: the Case of Radical Economics in America, 1968-1975|

Friday, 26 May 2:00-4:00 pm
CONTINGENCY AND DISSENT IN SCIENCE
Tony Atkinson
Nuffield College, Oxford
Have Economists Lost One Hand? Reflections on Dissent in Economics

Lent 2006

CONTINGENCY AND DISSENT IN SCIENCE
Invited Speaker
Mauricio Suárez

Complutense University, Madrid
Contingent Causal Warrant|

Monday, 16 January 1:00 - 2:30pm
CONTINGENCY AND DISSENT IN SCIENCE
Methods for the Evaluation of Policy Interventions Seminar
Jeremy Howick
LSE
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Homeopathy with RCTs

Friday, 27 January 11:00-12:30 pm
CONTINGENCY AND DISSENT IN SCIENCE
Methods for the Evaluation of Policy Interventions Seminar
Bengt Autzen
London School of Economics
Peter Achinstein on Evidence

Thursday, 2 February 10:30 - 12:00pm
CONTINGENCY AND DISSENT IN SCIENCE
Methods for the Evaluation of Policy Interventions Seminar

More Peter Achinstein on Evidence

Thursday, 9 March 10:30am - 12:00pm
CONTINGENCY AND DISSENT IN SCIENCE
Methods for the Evaluation of Policy Interventions Seminar
Jeremy Howick
Questioning Mill's Principle of the Composition of Causes in Medical Trials

Monday, 13 March 2:00 - 4:00pm
CONTINGENCY AND DISSENT IN SCIENCE
Invited Speaker
Hasok Chang
University College London
Electrolysis and Disputes About the Composition of Water

Michaelmas 2005

Wednesday, 5 October 1:00 -2:15
Contingency
and Dissent in Science
Methods for the Evaluation of Policy Interventions Seminar
Introductory Meeting
Public Health and Policy -- the MMR/autism Dispute

Tuesday, 17 October 1:30 -3:00 pm
Contingency
and Dissent in Science
Methods for the Evaluation of Policy Interventions Seminar
Damien Fennell
(Research Officer, Contingency and Dissent, CPNSS)
James Heckman on Randomized Controlled Trials

Monday, 31 October 1:30 -3:00 pm
Contingency
and Dissent in Science
Methods for the Evaluation of Policy Interventions Seminar
Damien Fennell
(Research Officer, Contingency and Dissent, CPNSS)
James Heckman on Randomized Controlled Trials

Monday, 7 November 1:30 -3:00 pm
Contingency
and Dissent in Science
Methods for the Evaluation of Policy Interventions Seminar
Damien Fennell
(Research Officer, Contingency and Dissent, CPNSS)
James Heckman on Randomized Controlled Trials

Tuesday, 8 November 12:00 -1:30 pm
Contingency
and Dissent in Science
Methods for the Evaluation of Policy Interventions Seminar
Jeremy Howick
(PhD student, LSE)
Critical Evaluation of NICE's Grades of Evidence

Monday, 21 November 4:00 -5:30 pm
Contingency
and Dissent in Science
Methods for the Evaluation of Policy Interventions Seminar
Marilena Di-Bucchianico
(PhD student, CPNSS)
Wartime Radar Projects and Cooperative Research
Monday, 21 November 2005
Venue: Graham Wallas Room

Thursday, 24 November 4:00 -6:00
Contingency and Dissent in Science
Invited Speaker
Mieke Boon
University of Twente, The Netherlands
Using Science in Technology: Towards a Philosophy of the Engineering Sciences
Venue: Room A588

Wednesday, 30 November 4:00-6:00pm 
CONTINGENCY AND DISSENT IN PHYSICS SEMINAR
Stephan Hartmann
LSE
The Case of High-Temperature Superconductivity

Wednesday, 7 December 2:00 - 5:30pm
Contingency and Dissent in Science Workshop
2:00-3:00pm     Richard Horton (Editor, The Lancet)
                         Conditions of Resistance: the New Paternalism of Science

3:10-4:10pm      Leah McClimans (Philosophy, LSE)
                         The Importance of Purpose in Quantitative Quality of Life Research

4:20-5.20pm     Naomi Oreskes (History, University of California, San Diego
                         Dissent or Denial: Sorting out the Epistemic and the Political in Climate
   
                      Change

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