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Philosophy of Science 2008 - Additional discussion resources

Class discussions draw significantly on prior published work by both instructors. References to such work not included in class reading assignments are added here as their relevance emerges.
First 5 class sessions
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Emergence: Biological, Literary, and ....

Evolution and Literature:
Notes on Change and Order

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Social Neuroscience: Current Understandings and Future Directions

Social Neuroscience: Current Understandings of the Social Condition and Future Directions
Ian Morton, 2007
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Evolution/Science: Inverting the Relationship Between Randomness and Meaning

The past Sunday's NY Times Book Review has a review of a book by Anne Harrington called The Cure Within: A History of Mind-Body Medicine. Its interesting in its own right, directly relevant to a course I'm currently teaching, but connects in interesting ways to some other things bubbling around as well. The book is reviewed by Jerome Groopman, a cancer specialist, who writes ....

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Philosophy of Science 2008 - Schedule

22 Jan MK, PG Introduction and the demarcation problem past and present
See Evolution and Intelligent Design: Perspectives and Lakatos
29 Jan MK Realism and the Aim of Science I

Philosophy of Science 2008

The overriding theme of this course is an exploration of the nature of scientific knowledge in the context of the realist/constructivist controversy in the philosophy of science. It will seek an accommodation between realism and constructivism. Further topics include evolution, complexity and emergence, the brain, and science as story telling as they bear on the overriding theme.

Phil 310 = Bio 310, Spring 2008, Tuesdays, 1-3:30


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Middlesex: How and Why Callie Became Cal

“Sing now, O Muse, of the recessive mutation on my fifth chromosome! Sing how it bloomed two and a half centuries ago on the slopes of mount Olympus…Sing how it passed down through nine generations, gathering invisibly within the polluted pool of the Stephanides family. And sing how Providence … sent the gene flying again…” (p 4).

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