Tag: Philosophy and Biology Seminar

Jerome Wakefield (NYU, USA) (canceled)

Jerome C. Wakefield is University Professor; Professor of Social Work; Professor of the Conceptual Foundations of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine; Affiliate Faculty, InSPIRES (Institute for Social and Psychiatric Initiatives: Research, Education and Service), Department of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine; Affiliate Faculty, NYU Center for Bioethics; Affiliate Faculty, NYU Center for Ancient Studies; Honorary… Read more »

André Ariew (Professor or Philosophy, University of Missouri, USA), Darwin’s use of statistics to develop his theory of evolution

André Ariew is Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Missouri (USA). When Karl Pearson asked Francis and Leonard Darwin whether their father was aware that the theory of natural selection is applicable to statistical analysis, they responded that their father had a ‘non-statistical’ mind. Ever since, commentators and biographers have perpetuated… Read more »

Jonathan Birch (Associate Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK), The Search for Invertebrate Consciousness

Jonathan Birch is Associate Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science, specializing in the philosophy of the biological sciences. He is working on evolution of social behaviour, the evolution of norms, animal sentience, and the relation between sentience and welfare.   Video of the talk   Abstract There is no agreement on… Read more »

Phyllis Illari (Senior Lecturer, University College London, UK), Why do we need evidence of mechanisms?

Phyllis Illari is a Senior Lecturer at University College London (Dept of Science & Technology Studies; Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences) in the UK. She works in the philosophy of science, with particular expertise in causality, mechanisms and information.   Abstract I will present a view of evidence of mechanisms as evidence of the… Read more »

Federica Russo, What can technology do for you? Opportunities & challenges of health technologies in medicine and everyday life

Federica Russo is Assistant Professor at the Universiteit van Amstardam, where she carries out research and teaches philosophy of science (social sciences, techno-science, …). She is interested in causality and probability in the social, biomedical and policy sciences, and in the relations between science and technology.     Abstract Technology is pervasive in science and… Read more »

Matt Haber (Chair of Philosophy Department, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA), Positively Misleading Errors

Matt Haber is a Professor and Department Chair at the University of Utah (USA). His area of specialty is Philosophy of Biology and Philosophy of Science. He is interested in the philosophical and conceptual issues in systematics, particularly those stemming from a commitment to phylogenetic thinking. His current projects include elucidating the nature of phylogenetic… Read more »

Kim Sterelny (Philosophy, Australian National University, Australia), Demography and Cultural Complexity

Kim Sterelny is Professor of Philosophy at the Australian National University (ANU) College of Arts and Social Sciences. He is a central figure in philosophy of biology and philosophy of science more generally. His areas of expertise include History and Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Cognition, Palaeoecology, Evolutionary Biology, Cognitive Sciences and… Read more »

Sabina Leonelli (Egenis, University of Exeter & Alan Turing Institute, UK), Actionable Data for Precision Oncology

Sabina Leonelli is a Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute in London and the Co-Director of the Exeter Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences (Egenis), where she leads the Data Studies research strand. Furthermore, she is Editor-in-Chief of the international journal History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, together with Professor Giovanni… Read more »

Fridolin Gross (University of Kassel, Germany & IFOM, Milan Italy) – Occam’s Razor in Molecular and Systems Biology

  Fridolin Gross is a postdoctoral researcher who works on computational models of the cell cycle at IFOM, Milan, and teaches philosophy at the University of Kassel.   Occam’s Razor in Molecular and Systems Biology     Abstract Biologists have been debating for some time about what — if anything — is conceptually novel about… Read more »