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Tue Sep 4, 2012

The Insider

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Location: Montgomery Auditorium in LaFortune

The Insider will be shown on Tuesday, September 4 at 5:00pm in La Fortune’s Montgomery Auditorium. Pizza, drinks, and popcorn will be provided. Then come discuss the film on Thursday, September 6 from 12:30-1:30pm in Geddes Coffeehouse at the inaugural Ethics Café. The Insider can be checked out and viewed at Hesburgh Library as well. …

Wed Sep 5, 2012

Thu Sep 6, 2012

Ethics Café - What Would You Do? A Discussion of The Insider

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Location: Geddes Coffeehouse

Come discuss ethical issues pertaining to scientific research, business, and journalism as raised in the major motion film, The Insider. You’re welcome to bring a lunch. Desserts and drinks will be provided.

If you haven’t seen The Insider it will be shown on Tuesday, September 4 at 5:00pm in La Fortune’s Montgomery Auditorium. Pizza, drinks, and popcorn will be provided. You can also read “The Man Who Knew Too Much”

HPS Reading Group

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Location: 131 Decio

Agnotology

1) Proctor, R. 2008 "Agnotology: A Missing Term to Describe the Cultural Production of Ignorance (and its Study)"

 

2) Oreskes, N. & Erik Conway. 2008.  "Challenging Knowledge: How Climate Science Became a Victim of the Cold War"

 

The Proctor reading is a general introduction to agnotology, touching briefly on the cases of tobacco and military secrecy. The Oreskes & Conway reading is an earlier version of their main argument in Merchants of Doubt

Tue Sep 11, 2012

HPS Reading Group

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Location: 131 Decio

Voluntarism and Scientific Realism:

-van Fraassen, Bas (2004). Replies to discussion on The Empirical Stance. Philosophical Studies 121: 171-192.
-Chakravartty, Anjan (2011). A puzzle about voluntarism about rational epistemic stances. Synthese 178: 37-48.…

Tue Sep 18, 2012

HPS Reading Group

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Location: 131 Decio

Science Communication / Policy / Outreach / Education

-Lynn K. Nyhart, "From the HSS President: History of Science Unbound," Newsletter of the History of Science Society 41.1 (Jan 2012): 1-2, 4. 
-Zuoyue Wang and Naomi Oreskes, "History of Science and American Science Policy," Isis 99 (June 2008): 365-73.

Sat Sep 22, 2012

David Hernandez. “Caesar’s Legacy at Butrint: Archaeological Discoveries From Current Excavations in the Heart of the Ancient City”

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Location: Annenberg Auditorium, Snite Museum

This lecture is part of Notre Dame's Saturday Scholar Series. Each lecture and Q&A is presented in the Snite Museum’s Annenberg Auditorium on “home game” Saturdays. All lectures are free and open to the public.

“Caesar’s Legacy at Butrint: Archaeological Discoveries From Current Excavations in the Heart of the Ancient City”

Mon Sep 24, 2012

Jameson Wetmore. “Facilitating Reflection on Nanotechnology and Society”

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Location: 110 Stinson-Remick Hall

“Facilitating Reflection on Nanotechnology and Society”

Jameson Wetmore, Center for Nanotechnology and Society, ASU

“Since its founding in 2005, I have worked with the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University. Through that experience I have had the opportunity to study a broad number of issues including: the ways that nanotechnologists think about the future, the relationship between nanotechnology and religion, the development of new regulations based on scale, and the equity implications of emerging technologies. These issues are important not only to scholars, but to citizens as well. To make better decisions about our collective future, we need a public that is able to reflect on the important new advances in science and technology.  Understanding technical details can sometimes be important, but the ability to see the ways in which science and technology are integrated into and affect our daily lives is crucial. My work, therefore, has recently focused on developing techniques for helping the public better understand some of the basic research being done on the social aspects and implications of nanotechnology and perhaps get public input on the direction of future research.  This presentation will use one of the recent products of the collaboration to explore the ways in which issues of nanotechnology and society can be brought to a public audience for reflection.”…

Tue Sep 25, 2012

HPS Reading Group

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Location: 131 Decio

Philosophy of Biology

-Beatty, J. H. (1992). Random drift. In E. F. Keller & E. A. Lloyd (Eds.), Keywords in evolutionary biology (pp. 273–281). Cambridge, MA and London: Harvard University Press
- Matthen and Ariew (2002). Two ways of thinking about fitness and natural selection. The Journal of Philosophy