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March 2015

Peter Vickers (Durham), ‘Contemporary Scientific Realism and the Challenge from the History of Science’

16 March 2015 @ 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm
LAK 2.06, The Lakatos Building, London School of Economics
London,WC2A 2AEUnited Kingdom
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June 2015

Nicholas Shea (KCL), Functions for Representation

8 June 2015 @ 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm
LAK 2.06, The Lakatos Building, London School of Economics
London,WC2A 2AEUnited Kingdom
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Abstract: In the cognitive sciences, representations play a central role in explaining behaviour. Characteristically, representing correctly explains successful behaviour and misrepresentation explains failure. The standards of success and failure at play here are often tacit. What are they based on? Teleosemantics offers one answer: success is a matter of performing an evolutionary function. This paper uses case studies from cognitive neuroscience to argue that a system can have functions, at which representational explanations are directed, that do not depend on…

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October 2015

Jonathan Birch (LSE) “Kin selection, group selection and cultural change”

12 October 2015 @ 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm
LAK 2.06, The Lakatos Building, London School of Economics
London,WC2A 2AEUnited Kingdom
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Abstract: The relationship between kin and group selection is a vexed issue in evolutionary theory, and matters are not helped by a tendency to conflate questions of methodology with questions of causal reality. Drawing inspiration from W. D. Hamilton, I suggest we conceptualise the distinction between kin and group selection in terms of differences of degree in the structural features of populations. I then argue that we can usefully draw a parallel distinction in the case of cultural evolution. Cultural…

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November 2015

Eran Tal (Cambridge) “The Shifting Economies of Measurement Uncertainty”

23 November 2015 @ 5:15 am - 6:45 pm
LAK 2.06, The Lakatos Building, London School of Economics
London,WC2A 2AEUnited Kingdom
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