Friday, February 24, 2023
Chin-Tai Kim, Department of Philosophy, Case Western Reserve University, will speak on “Paradoxes of the Simile” at The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, TVUC room 280F at 4pm.
Friday, February 17, 2023
Ben Mylius, Department of Political Science, Columbia University and Columbia Climate Imaginations Network will speak on “Tragic Narratives and First Nations Stories: Beyond Human Separation from Nature” at The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, TVUC room 280F at 4pm.
Friday, February 10, 2023
John Huss, Department of Philosophy, University of Akron will speak on “Narrative Feedback in Narrative Science” at The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, TVUC room 280F at 4pm.
Drawing on case studies from paleobiology, I will describe a process I call “narrative feedback,” the tendency for scientists’ narratives of their research to feed back into their accounts of their object of study.
Friday, January 27, 2023
J. Arvid Ågren, of The Theory Division at Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic will speak on“The Gene’s-Eye View of Evolution” at the Inamori Center, TVUC room 280F at 4pm.
Few phrases in biology have caught the imagination of professionals and lay people alike the way Richard Dawkins’s ‘selfish gene’ has done, and it changed how both groups thought about evolution. The concept of ‘selfish genes’ has been simultaneously influential and contentious. The debate over its value has raged for over half a century and has pitted 20th century Darwinian heavy weights such as John Maynard Smith and W.D. Hamilton against Richard Lewontin and Stephen Jay Gould in the pages of Nature as well as those of The New York Review of Books. I will discuss the origins and developments of the gene’s-eye view view: what it is, where it came from, how it changed, and why it continues to be such a popular thinking tool.
Friday, January 20, 2023
Chris Haufe, Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor of the Humanities, Department of Philosophy, Case Western Reserve University will speak on “Trust Issues” at The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, TVUC room 280F at 4pm.
In this talk, I canvas a range of problems — “trust issues” — which are either insensitive to or actually exacerbated by the reliability of scientific knowledge. Each of these issues emerges out of a conflict between basic features of the scientific process, on the one hand, and basic features of the nature of trust. The overarching theme of my talk is that there are lots of reasons to not trust science that are consistent with the idea that scientific knowledge is reliable.