CRUISSE Network Conference

My paper “No Need for Catastrophism” has been selected for presentation at the 1st CRUISSE Network Conference, “Decision-Making Under Uncertainty: How Can Academics Help Real-World Decision-Making?”, which will take place on 21-22 September 2017 at University College London. Looking forward to it!

UPDATE: Sadly I won’t finally be able to travel to London for the CRUISSE Network Conference!

Conference on the History and Philosophy of Computing, Brno

On October 4-7 I will take part in the 4th International Conference on the History and Philosophy of Computing (HaPoC2017), at Masaryk University in Brno.

There I will be presenting a paper discussing what views of scientific representation can account best for emergence (or emergent properties) in computer simulations.

Talk at TINT, University of Helsinki

On September 11th I will be presenting some recent work on computer simulations, emergence and scientific representation at TINT’s Philosophy of Science (PoS) Seminar, University of Helsinki.

Workshop on emergence

On October 26th and 27th we will be holding the workshop “Emergence: Epistemological and Metaphysical Issues” at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU).

The event will bring together scientists, philosophers of science and metaphysicians to discuss issues concerning emergence, ranging from epistemological issues related to the emergence of properties in specific scientific practices —such as for instance physics, computer science or climate change— to metaphysical issues in connection with the nature and ontology of emergent properties.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Mark Bedau (Reed)
  • Otávio Bueno (Miami)
  • Javier Cumpa (Complutense)
  • Robin Hendry (Durham)
  • Paul Humphreys (Virginia)
  • Iñaki San Pedro (UPV/EHU)
  • Jessica Wilson (Toronto)

For further details, important dates, submission guidelines, registration, etc., please download the corresponding Call for Papers, or contact the workshop organisers Iñaki San Pedro or Javier Cumpa.

Updated information about the event may also be found at the workshop’s webpage.

Research stay at TINT, University of Helsinki

Next summer I will be visiting TINT, the Academy of Finland Center of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, for three weeks.

I will be working there, among other topics around modelling and representation, on the artifactual character of computer simulations.

Risk, Uncertainty and Catastrophe Scenarios

On May 9-10 I will take part in the workshop “Climate Ethics and Climate Economics: Risk, Uncertainty and Catastrophe Scenarios”, at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, at Cambridge University. This is the fifth of six ESRC-funded workshop series exploring issues where the ethics and economics of climate change intersect.

There I will be presenting the paper “No Need for Catastrophism”, against catastrophist talk in climate change.