Thursday, 21 January 2016

Conference announcement: Philosophy of Biology in the UK

Philosophy of Biology in the UK

Bristol, 8th-9th June 2016

The University of Bristol is hosting the 2016 meeting of Philosophy of Biology in the UK (PBUK), on the 8th-9th of June. This is the third meeting of PBUK, first hosted at All Souls College, Oxford in 2012 and then at Christ's College, Cambridge in 2014.  The conference seeks to bring together philosophers, philosophically-inclined biologists, and other researchers with an interest in foundational and conceptual issues in the biological sciences.  
Plenary speakers:
  • Alexander Rosenberg (Philosophy, Duke University)
  • Carolyn Price (Philosophy, Open University)
  • Sabina Leonelli (Philosophy, Exeter)
  • Innes Cuthill (Biology, University of Bristol)
  • Tudor Baetu (Philosophy, University of Bristol)

Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be submitted through EasyChair, using the link below, by 15th March 2016. Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection by the 10th of April.

Details for registration and payment for attending the conference will follow.

Contact information:

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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Happier times ahead!

I couldn't be more pleased to shout to the world that the Clarke-Ducas' luck has changed: we're expecting another baby!

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Brown and Heyes: Social learning and the other cooperation problem

This is the latest in my series of blog posts summarising the talks and responses that took place at the meeting 'Inheritance and cooperation'.

Unfortunately, some idiot forgot to press the 'rec' button on this one (an idiot called 'Clarke'). So i cannot make any audio available I'm afraid : (

Dr Rachael Brown is a Lecturer at Macquarie University in Sydney who has written about learning, its ability to act as an inheritance mechanism and its effects upon evolutionary processes. Her talk, 'Generating benefit: Social learning and the “other” cooperation problem', explored the idea of treating social learning as a cultural inheritance mechanism, and one that occurs, furthermore, in non-human animals.