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January 2015

Daniel Levitin: “The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload”

26 January 2015, 6:30 pm8:00 pm

The Organised Mind: thinking straight in the age of information overload Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS) public lecture Date: Monday 26 January 2015 Time: 6.30-8pm Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building Speaker: Professor Daniel J Levitin Chair: Dr Jonathan Birch The information age is drowning us in a deluge of data, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to separate…

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Margaret Boden (Sussex University): “Materiality & Computer Art”

29 January 2015, 6:30 pm8:00 pm

Materiality and Computer Art Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS) public lecture Date: Thursday 29 January 2015 Time: 6.30-8pm Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building Speaker: Professor Margaret Boden Professor Boden will explore philosophical issues about art. Are computer artworks physical objects? Do they really qualify as art? Margaret Boden is Research Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Sussex.…

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June 2015

José Díez (University of Barcelona): Selective Scientific Realism, a New (Old) Anomaly

22 June 2015, 1:00 pm2:30 pm
LAK 2.06, Lakatos Building
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Abstract: Selective realism (SR) is the version of scientific realism most prominent in our days, and in fact the only version of realism defensible after Laudan's Pesimistic Induction (PI) criticism. SR holds that: (i) the part of a theory's non observational content that is responsible of successful AND novel (i.e.that the theory is not designed to accommodate) observational predictions, is (approximately) true, and (ii) subsequent…

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January 2016

Jeremy Taylor: “Your Body By Darwin” (CPNSS Public Lecture)

19 January 2016, 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, 99 Aldwych
London, WC2B 4JF United Kingdom
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An evolutionary understanding of our bodies throws new light on why we get ill and how to cure disease. Jeremy Taylor reveals compelling insights from the rapidly developing field of Darwinian medicine. Jeremy Taylor has enjoyed a long career in BBC public broadcasting, specialising in science. Now a science writer, this lecture is based on his second book Body by…

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February 2016

Adam Perkins: *Event Postponed*

9 February 2016, 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, 99 Aldwych
London, WC2B 4JF United Kingdom
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This event has been postponed and will no longer take place as advertised.

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March 2016

Kevin D. Hoover (Duke): “Models and Piecemeal Empirical Knowledge”

16 March 2016, 6:00 pm7:30 pm
TW1.G.01, Tower 1, Clement's Inn
London, WC2A 2AZ United Kingdom
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Abstract: Models are ubiquitous tools in economics and many other fields, though their epistemic status has raised puzzles, such as how models that apparently misrepresent the world can serve our explanatory purposes. Such puzzles seem largely to be an artifact of a misconception of what it means for a model to represent the truth and what it means to acquire knowledge.…

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June 2016

The Welfare Trait: how state benefits affect personality (CPNSS Public Lecture)

29 June 2016, 6:30 am8:00 pm

In this lecture Dr Perkins argues that welfare policies which increase the number of children born into disadvantaged households risk proliferating dysfunctional, employment-resistant personality characteristics, due to the damaging effect on personality development of exposure to childhood disadvantage. Adam Perkins is a Lecturer in the Neurobiology of Personality at King’s College London. Kitty Stewart is Associate Professor in the Department of Social…

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November 2016

Matthieu Gallais (University of Lille): “A Modal Epistemology of Scientific Models: Structures, Make-Believe and Properties”

16 November 2016, 3:00 pm4:30 pm
LAK 2.06, Lakatos Building
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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The modal epistemology I develop aims to describe how scientific models and target systems are related by comparing theoretical properties with world-lines, that is to say to epistemic constructions across possible situations. I suggest that what must be considered as remaining the same from models to real systems is the properties, rather than the structures.

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