Thibault Racovski at the Biological Interest Group, Wednesday 4th March, 1-2pm, Byrne House

March 1, 2015 Leave a comment
Dear all, 
You are invited to the next meeting of the Biological Interest Group (BIG). It will take place this coming Wednesday 4th March. It will be held in the seminar room at Byrne House, from 1-2pm. Participants can bring lunch and drinks if they wish.
This week we are very pleased to receive the visit of Thibault Racovski, from EGENIS. We will be discussing the attached paper ‘On ambiguities in the definition of evolutionary novelties and their consequences for the debate on the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis’. This is an article intended for publication in a special issue of the journal History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences. Comments on the clarity of the argument, on the background knowledge required to understand the paper (and if there is enough, e.g. on the modern synthesis), on how to improve transitions and to develop the conclusion are warmly welcomed. 
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Angelique Richardson at the Biological Interest Group, Wednesday 18th February, 1-2pm, Byrne House

February 13, 2015 Leave a comment

Dear all,

You are invited to the next meeting of the Biological Interest Group (BIG). It will take place this coming Wednesday 18th February. It will be held in the seminar room at Byrne House, from 1-2pm. Participants can bring lunch and drinks if they wish.

We are very pleased to receive the visit of Angelique Richardson. from the department of English. She is also a member of staff of the Centre for Medical History, on whose advisory board she sits, and an Associate Research Fellow of Egenis. We will be discussing the following paper, ‘Victorian Monism: Mind and Body in Thomas Hardy’, which is based on chapter one of the manuscript of her monograph Thomas Hardy and the Politics of Biology: Character, Culture and Environment which she will shortly be delivering to OUP. Angelique is especially keen to receive the cross-disciplinary feedback that BIG offers.
Please contact Thomas Bonnin at tb391 [at] exeter.ac.uk for a copy of the paper or for any other information.
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Ilana Löwy at the Biological Interest Group, Wednesday 4th February, 1-2pm, Syndicate Room C – Building:One

January 26, 2015 Leave a comment

You are invited to the next meeting of the Biological Interest Group (BIG). It will take place this coming Wednesday 4th February. Please notice that this time it will be held in theSyndicate Room C​, on the 2nd floor of the Building:One of the Business School, from 1-2pm. Participants can bring lunch and drinks if they wish.

We are very honoured to have the visit from Ilana Löwy, from Paris. We will be discussing the attached paper entitled ‘Fleck the public health expert’. ​

Please bear in mind that this event is entirely independent from the seminar she will give the same day at 3pm. As our meetings are primarily informal, this will be a great opportunity to discuss with such an illustrious speaker.

Please contact Thomas Bonnin at tb391 [at] exeter.ac.uk for a copy of the paper or for any other information.

As always, please do not disseminate this work in progress any further.

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First 2015 meeting of Biological Interest Group, Wednesday 21st January, 1-2pm, Byrne House

January 20, 2015 Leave a comment

Dear all,

You are invited to the first 2015 meeting of the Biological Interest Group (BIG). It will take place this coming Wednesday 21st January. It will be held in the seminar room at Byrne House, from 12-1pm. Participants can bring lunch and drinks if they wish.

This year will kick off with Dan Nicholson, from EGENIS. We will be discussing the attached paper he co-authored with Richard Gawne (Duke), entitled ‘Neither Logical Empiricism nor Vitalism, but Organicism. What the Philosophy of Biology Was’. This is an almost complete draft of a manuscript. It reappraises the history of the philosophy of biology, paying particular attention to the state of play in the field in the early decades of the 20th C. It argues that the reasons philosophers have given for disregarding this early literature can no longer be defended.

The draft is still under work, especially on the section on organicism. They also plan to incorporate a second figure in that section, which is left at the end of the document. Dan would be grateful for any feedback on the argumentative coherence of the piece, on whether the concluding discussion effectively addresses the problem set out in the introduction, and on any general comment (structure or content) that might help them strengthen the thesis of the paper.

Please contact Thomas Bonnin at tb391 [at] exeter.ac.uk for a copy of the paper or for any other information.

As always, please do not disseminate this work in progress any further.

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Monday 1st December – 1-2pm – Seminar Room, Byrne House

November 24, 2014 Leave a comment

Hello,

You are invited to the next meeting of the Biological Interest Group (BIG), which will take place this coming Monday, 1st December. As usual, it will be held in the seminar room at Byrne House, from 1-2pm. Participants can bring lunch and drinks if they wish. This will be the last BIG meeting this term.

We will be discussing work by Jim Lowe, entitled ‘Ontology and Practice – Taking Variation Seriously’. This is a draft which is a re-worked and expanded version of a paper he gave at a conference several weeks ago, and he intends to submit it to form part of the special issue on the conference which will be published in History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences.  Jim would welcome any suggestions concerning the structure of this paper, whether it lives up to its billing, and any other comments participants might have.

Please contact Jim Lowe at jwel201 [at] exeter.ac.uk for a copy of the paper or for any other information.

As always, please do not disseminate this work in progress any further.

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Monday 24th November – 1-2pm – Seminar Room, Byrne House

November 19, 2014 Leave a comment

You are invited to the next meeting of the Biological Interest Group (BIG), which will take place this coming Monday, 24th November. As usual, it will be held in the seminar room at Byrne House, from 1-2pm. Participants can bring lunch and drinks if they wish.

We will be discussing work entitled ‘The time of adverse drug reaction databases in Canada’, by Jennifer Cuffe. This draft paper is to be presented at the Dark Data workshop in December. Dr Cuffe welcomes all comments, especially including suggestions for reworking the paper for publication (including journal ideas).

Please contact Jim Lowe at jwel201 [at] exeter.ac.uk for a copy of the paper or for any other information.

As always, please do not disseminate this work in progress without the author’s express permission.

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WEDNESDAY 19th November – 1-2pm – Seminar Room, Byrne House

November 14, 2014 Leave a comment

You are invited to the next meeting of the Biological Interest Group (BIG) which will take place on WEDNESDAY 19th November. As usual, it will be held in the seminar room at Byrne House, from 1-2pm. Participants can bring lunch and drinks if they wish.

We will be discussing the attached work entitled ‘Negotiating Openness in Practice: Open Science and the Valuation of Scientific Research Outputs’, by Nadine Levin and Sabina Leonelli.

Dr Levin writes, by way of introduction to BIG participants: “This paper is a combined attempt by myself and Sabina to critically think through the meanings and implications of the imperative/norm of “openness” that is embedded within the Open Science movement.  It is based on the empirical results of the 9-month pilot project we carried out last year, but also draws on our cumulative experience in the biomedical and life sciences.  It is very much a work in progress, which we are looking forward to discussing with the BIG community before I leave in a week and a half!

We have been working the most on the framing of the paper (on finding a meaningful argument that is in dialogue with a wide variety of literature, and which also emerges from our data/experiences).  In doing so, we would really love feedback on a wide variety of topics, but most notably: (1) the framing (particularly the notions of norms/values and “top-down/bottom-up,” and (2) how our use of the empirical examples relates to the framing/argument.  So, we would appreciate comments more on the content of the paper than on its structure etc.”

Please contact Jim Lowe at jwel201 [at] exeter.ac.uk for a copy of the paper or for any other information.

As always, please do not disseminate this work in progress without the author’s express permission.

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