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March 2017

Karim Thébault (Bristol), “Cosmic Singularity Resolution via Quantum Evolution”

Monday, 13 March 2017 @ 5:15 pm6:45 pm
LAK 2.06, The Lakatos Building, London School of Economics
London,WC2A 2AEUnited Kingdom
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Abstract: Classical models of the universe generically feature a big bang singularity. That is, when we consider progressively earlier and earlier times, physical quantities stop behaving in a reasonable way. A particular problem is that physical quantities related to the curvature of spacetime become divergent. A long standing hope is that a theory of quantum gravity would `resolve’ the big bang singularity by providing quantum models of the early universe in which all physical quantities are always finite. Unfortunately, not…

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June 2017

Heather Dyke (LSE), “Experience of Passage in a Static World”

Monday, 12 June 2017 @ 5:15 pm6:45 pm
LAK 2.06, The Lakatos Building, London School of Economics
London,WC2A 2AEUnited Kingdom
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Abstract. The view that experience seems to tell us directly that time flows has long been accepted by both A-theorists and B-theorists in the philosophy of time. A-theorists take it as a powerful endorsement of their position, sometimes using it explicitly in an argument for their view, and other times more implicitly, as a kind of non-negotiable, experiential given. B-theorists have tended to accept that we have this experience, and have sought alternative explanations for it, consistent with the B-theory. The…

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October 2017

Parallel Universes: A Philosophy and Physics Panel

Monday, 23 October 2017 @ 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Wolfson Theatre, LSE, New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London,WC2A 3LJ
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Speakers Fay Dowker, Professor of Theoretical Physics, Imperial College London Eleanor Knox, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, King’s College London Simon Saunders, Professor of Philosophy of Physics, University of Oxford Chair Jonathan Birch, Fellow, The Forum; Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, LSE Is Schrödinger’s cat alive or dead? This thought experiment was devised to illustrate a fundamental puzzle in quantum mechanics. A radical solution is that the cat is both alive and dead, but in different, parallel…

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March 2018

Tudor Baetu (Bristol), “Pain in Psychology, Biology and Medicine: Implications for Eliminativist and Physicalist Accounts “

Monday, 12 March 2018 @ 5:15 pm6:45 pm
LAK 2.06, The Lakatos Building, London School of Economics
London,WC2A 2AEUnited Kingdom
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Abstract. An analysis of arguments for pain eliminativism reveals two significant points of divergence between assumptions underlying scientific research on pain and assumptions typically endorsed by physicalist accounts. The first concerns the status of the term ‘pain’, which is an operationalized description of a phenomenon, rather than an explanatory construct. The second concerns an explicit cause-effect model according to which pain is produced by neural mechanisms and causally determined by a variety of biological, psychological and social factors, as opposed…

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November 2018

Black Holes

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 @ 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Hong Kong Theatre, LSE, Clement House, 99 Aldwych
London,WC2B 4JFUnited Kingdom
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What are black holes? What happens inside one? We discuss black holes, philosophy, and the relationship between science and sci-fi.

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May 2019

Replication Crisis?

Tuesday, 28 May 2019 @ 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Old Building LSE, Houghton Street
London,WC2A 2AE
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What does the replication crisis mean for trust in science?

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October 2020

Anti-vaxxers and Other Sceptics

Tuesday, 20 October 2020 @ 6:00 pm7:15 pm
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Will a future COVID vaccine be undermined by anti-vaxxers? Why does medical scepticism persist, and how might it be tackled? Rohin Francis, Katherine Furman, and Heidi Larson discuss the causes of and cures for distrust in medical expertise.

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The Musical Mind

Monday, 26 October 2020 @ 6:00 pm7:15 pm
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Ian Cross, Diana Omigie, and Barry Smith explore the phenomenon and evolution of music. How deep does music go in human history? What role does music play in the evolution of the mind? And is the ability to hear music uniquely human?

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November 2020

The Nature of Beauty

Monday, 9 November 2020 @ 6:00 pm7:00 pm
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When presented with two equally good theories, scientists prefer the more beautiful. Artist Adrian Holme and philosopher Milena Ivanova discuss the nature of beauty and the relationship between art and science.

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January 2021

Misinformation

Tuesday, 26 January @ 6:00 pm7:15 pm
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From COVID-19 to QAnon, misinformation is more ubiquitous and dangerous than ever. Lisa Bortolotti, Quassim Cassam, and Cailin O'Connor discuss why misinformation so attractive to so many and what can be done about it.

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