The Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science advances research and graduate training in the philosophy of science and related studies of science and technology. It fosters a local community through a variety of activities and special events. This local community includes scholars from a number of different disciplines throughout the University of Minnesota as well as area colleges and universities. The Center brings together researchers from around the world through its visiting fellow program and conferences, and conducts collaborative research through its workshops, the results of which are published in Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science.
Summer Newsletter (August 2015)
Erik Angner (George Mason University)
The Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science (MCPS) is hosting Erik Angner, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Economics, and Public Policy at George Mason University, on Friday, May 1st. In addition to his colloquium presentation ("There is no problem of interpersonal comparisons"), Professor Angner will meet with faculty, post-docs, and graduate students to discuss his paper "Behavioral Welfare Economics, Libertarian Paternalism, and the Nudge Agenda" (available here: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2580523). We welcome anyone interested in joining the conversation, which will be in 830 Heller Hall from 1:30-3pm. Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be provided. Professor Angner's colloquium presentation will begin at 3:35pm. For more details, go to the MCPS website (http://www.mcps.umn.edu/).
For questions regarding Professor Angner's visit, please contact the MCPS Director, Alan Love (firstname.lastname@example.org).
April 16th, 2015
Two for the price of one: twinning – the ultimate regeneration
Claudio Stern, University College London, will give a public lecture on Thursday April 23, 2015 at 12 noon in 2-101 Hasselmo Hall
Gastrulation has been called the most important time in your life because it is when the embryo sets up its three main layers of cells, starts to specify its primary body axis, and many cells first become committed to their fates. Remarkably, until the start of gastrulation, bird and mammalian (including human) embryos can still give rise to multiple individuals (twins). This reveals not only a "pluripotency" of fates, but also the striking potential of the embryo to self-organize into a complete organism. Twinning can be viewed as an extreme case of regeneration: parts of the embryo can regenerate the entire body and form another individual. But this raises a new question: what mechanisms prevent this from occurring more commonly during normal development? We will review some recent progress in understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms that coordinate fate, polarity, cell movements, and pattern in the embryo that also regulate twinning.
April 16th, 2015
MCPS Resident Fellow, Professor Roy Cook (philosophy) has been named as a CLA Scholar of the College. We congratulate him on this award.
March 25th, 2015