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    Jo E. Wolff (KCL): “Absolutism about Quantity – Decision by case study?”

Jo E. Wolff (KCL): “Absolutism about Quantity – Decision by case study?”

13 February 2017|

 

Jo E. Wolff (KCL): “Absolutism about Quantity – Decision by case study?”

Recent work on physical quantities has focused on a debate over absolutism vs. comparativism about quantities. In this talk I will be interested in whether this debate can be decided by arguments from physics. I will look at several case studies from the physical sciences, some […]

The Social Lives of Microbes (the Forum)

24 January 2017|

 

The Social Lives of Microbes (the Forum)

What are microbial societies? In what ways do they resemble human societies and in what ways do they differ? Can the same ideas that explain cooperation in larger animals also explain cooperation in microbes? And what can we learn from microbes about what it is to be human? In this panel […]

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    Ruth Byrne (University of Dublin): “Counterfactual Thought”

Ruth Byrne (University of Dublin): “Counterfactual Thought”

28 October 2016|

 
 

Ruth Byrne (University of Dublin): “Counterfactual Thought”

This talk was recorded at the LSE Workshop on Scientific Imagination and Epistemic Representations, 28 October 2016.

This one-day workshop was co-sponsored by the LSE’s Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, The British Society for the Philosophy of Science and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the […]

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    Catharine Abell (University of Manchester): “Epistemic Problems with Eliciting Imaginings”

Catharine Abell (University of Manchester): “Epistemic Problems with Eliciting Imaginings”

28 October 2016|

 
 
Catharine Abell (University of Manchester): “Epistemic Problems with Eliciting Imaginings”

This talk was recorded at the LSE Workshop on Scientific Imagination and Epistemic Representations, 28 October 2016.

This one-day workshop was co-sponsored by the LSE’s Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, The British Society for the Philosophy of Science and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and […]

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    Fiora Salis (LSE): “Capturing the Scientific Imagination”

Fiora Salis (LSE): “Capturing the Scientific Imagination”

28 October 2016|

 
 

Fiora Salis (LSE): “Capturing the Scientific Imagination”

This talk was recorded at the LSE Workshop on Scientific Imagination and Epistemic Representations, 28 October 2016.

This one-day workshop was co-sponsored by the LSE’s Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, The British Society for the Philosophy of Science and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under […]

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    Timothy Williamson (University of Oxford): “Counterfactuals and Thought experiments”

Timothy Williamson (University of Oxford): “Counterfactuals and Thought experiments”

28 October 2016|

 
 
Timothy Williamson (University of Oxford): “Counterfactuals and Thought experiments”

This talk was recorded at the LSE Workshop on Scientific Imagination and Epistemic Representations, 28 October 2016.

This one-day workshop was co-sponsored by the LSE’s Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, The British Society for the Philosophy of Science and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation […]

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    Miklós Rédei (LSE): “Properties of Bayesian learning based on conditional expectation as a conditioning device”

Miklós Rédei (LSE): “Properties of Bayesian learning based on conditional expectation as a conditioning device”

25 October 2016|

 

 

Miklós Rédei (LSE): “Properties of Bayesian learning based on conditional expectation as a conditioning device”

This talk investigates the general properties of general Bayesian learning, where “general Bayesian learning” means inferring a probability measure from another that is regarded as (uncertain) evidence, and where the inference is conditionalizing the evidence using the conditional expectation determined by a reference […]

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    Hive Minds: Collective Intelligence in Humans and Other Animals (the Forum)

Hive Minds: Collective Intelligence in Humans and Other Animals (the Forum)

19 October 2016|

 

Hive Minds: Collective Intelligence in Humans and Other Animals (the Forum)

Swarms of bees make decisions as a ‘democratic’ collective, voting on various possible nest sites through waggle dances. Does this phenomenon amount to a form of ‘collective intelligence’? Do we also find collective intelligence in humans? And what might humans be able to learn from bees about the best ways […]

The Worst Form of Government? (the Forum)

5 October 2016|

 

The Worst Form of Government? (the Forum)

Winston Churchill famously described democracy as ‘the worst form of government except for all the others that have been tried’. While not exactly a resounding endorsement, something like this sentiment is strongly held by most people in Western societies. Those who challenge it are branded ‘extremists’ or ‘ideologues’, with special suspicion reserved […]

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    Sir Paul Nurse: “How Philosophy Drives Discovery: A scientist’s view of Popper”

Sir Paul Nurse: “How Philosophy Drives Discovery: A scientist’s view of Popper”

28 September 2016|

 

Sir Paul Nurse: “How Philosophy Drives Discovery: A scientist’s view of Popper”

In this talk, the 8th Sir Karl Popper Memorial Lecture, Sir Paul Nurse discusses how the philosophical works of Karl Popper have informed the practice of his own scientific research activities, indicating where it has helped and where it has required modifications.

Sir Paul is an English geneticist, Former […]