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Thu Nov 5, 2015

Collaboration Conundrum Conference


Location: Notre Dame Conference Center (McKenna Hall)

A two-day conference on November 5-6. 

Industry currently funds the majority of research and development in the United States. But historical scandals involving industry-funded research, together with empirical evidence of correlations in some areas of science between industry funding and research results that favor industry have undermined trust in industry-funded science. Given that so much research funding comes from industry, it would be unrealistic and wasteful to dismiss this research across the board as unreliable and unconcerned with the public good. What to do?

Collaboration Conundrum Conference - Keynote


Location: Notre Dame Conference Center (McKenna Hall)

Peter Kareiva is Chief Scientist at the Nature Conservancy, a non-profit organization that collaborates with industry. He has held positions in academia for 20 years and in government with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Nicholas Ashford is Professor of Technology and Policy and Director of Technology and Law Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 

Fri Nov 6, 2015

Thu Nov 19, 2015

HPS Talk - Mark Sprevak


Location: 112 Pasquerilla

 “Is the Extended Mind Hypothesis Nonsensical”


The extended mind hypothesis (EM) claims that some of our mental states/processes extend outside our heads and into objects in our environment, such as notebooks and iPhones. The existing debate concerning EM has focused on questions of justification concerning EM: whether we should believe that EM is true or false based on current evidence. This paper takes a step back and focuses on a prior question: what does it mean to say that mental states/processes "extend" into physical objects? Some theorists doubt that a good answer can be provided; they have concluded that EM is not a genuine statement of fact. In this paper, I look at four responses that attempt to make sense of EM. I argue only one proposal---based on the realisation relation---has a chance of success. The realisation-relation proposal, however, has significant, and unanticipated, revisionary consequences for EM.

Mon Nov 30, 2015