Saturday, February 27, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I just received another anthology of readings prepared for use in an environmental philosophy class--this one is Environmental Ethics: The Big Questions, David R. Keller, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
- asking a person's friends whether that person is happy
- plausible causes of well-being (have they had good fortune?, etc.)
- plausible effects of well-being (have they quit their job, left their spouse? etc.)
- physical functioning, including immune-system responses and stress hormone levels
- measures of brain activity.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Sydney-Tilburg conference onThe Future of Philosophy of ScienceWednesday 14 - Friday 16 April 2010Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS)*************************************************************Philosophy of science deals with the foundations and the methods of science. While the scope of philosophy of science is rather uncontroversial, there is considerable disagreement about its methodology. A look into the relevant journals reveals that there is a plurality of approaches. Some researchers use the traditional method of conceptual analysis, others engage in formal modeling, conduct case studies and – more recently – experiments, or consult the history of science in considerable detail. Despite the differences in these approaches, there also seem to be undeniable trends in our discipline, such as the increasing specialization, and the increasing co-operation with empirical scientists and policy makers. This conference will explore the future of philosophy of science. In particular, we are interested in how the different methods philosophers of science use relate to each other, whether they can fruitfully complement each other, and whether current trends allow predictions about the development of our field.
The invited speakers are Michael Friedman, Chris Hitchcock, Hannes Leitgeb and Samir Okasha. Contributed speakers include William Bechtel, Ronald Giere, Alfred Nordmann, Michael Stoeltzner, and Paul Teller.Although the full conference program does include women (a shout-out to Carla Fehr!), apparently they are not the ones that merit mention in the conference announcement.
Monday, February 08, 2010
We moved on and found ourselves in a small cluster of gorillas. The young ones rushed around and brushed up against us. Their mothers watched cautiously. And then something happened that continues to haunt me. There was a mother with a baby. We stopped to look and she held it up for us to see.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
In an editorial accompanying the article, Dr. Allan H. Ropper...warned against equating neural activity and identity.
“Physicians and society are not ready for ‘I have brain activation, therefore I am,’ ” Dr. Ropper wrote. “That would seriously put Descartes before the horse.”