Schedule for Fall term and dates for Spring term – 2015/2016

August 18, 2015 Leave a comment

As the start of the new academic year is getting closer, we are happy to confirm the dates and most of the presenters for the Fall term :

  • 5th October : Nicholas Binney
  • 12th October : Miguel López Paleta
  • 19th October : TBC
  • 9th November :  Jessey Wright
  • 16th November : TBC
  • 30th November : Sara Green
  • 7th December : William Goodwin

Please note that the meetings will now take place on Mondays, 1-2pm, seminar room, in Byrne House. Information about the dates that are unsure yet will be updated on this website as soon as possible.

We also would like to give you the dates for the Spring term BIG meetings :

11th January ; 25th January ; 8th February ; 22nd February ; 7th March ; 21st March .

If you are interested in presenting something this term, or if you need any further information, please contact Thomas Bonnin (tb391@exeter.ac.uk).

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Adam Toon at the Biological Interest Group – Wednesday 10th June – Byrne House, 1-2pm

June 8, 2015 Leave a comment

Dear all,

You are invited to the next meeting of the Biological Interest Group. It will take place this coming Wednesday 10th of June. It will be held in the seminar room at Byrne House, from 1-2pm. Participants can bring lunch and drinks if they wish.

Next week we are very pleased to receive the visit of Adam Toon, from EGENIS. We will be discussing the attached paper ‘Tools, concepts and incommensurability’. The paper is a first draft, and Adam would be extremely grateful for people’s comments. He also kindly provided us with an abstract :

“What are scientific concepts? How are they related to the material culture of science, such as instruments, formulas, maps and diagrams? This paper addresses these questions by drawing on recent work in cognitive science and philosophy of mind. We often think of the mind as inside the head. By contrast, the extended mind thesis claims that mental states sometimes extend into the world. Proponents of the extended mind thesis typically focus on cases of extended beliefs. In this paper, I argue for the existence of extended concepts. Many scientific concepts, I suggest, are realised not inside the scientist’s brain, but by interaction with external, material devices. I contrast this view of concepts with Thomas Kuhn’s influential analysis of the role of exemplars in science and argue that it adds a new dimension to our understanding of conceptual change and incommensurability.”

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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BIG Meeting (May 27th) POSTPONED to June 10th

May 26, 2015 Leave a comment

Tomorrow’s BIG meeting with Adam Toone has been postponed to June 10th. Adam will replace Flavia Fabris which unfortunately had to cancel her meeting. The paper will be circulated in the course of next week.

With best regards,

Thomas Bonnin

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Tarquin Holmes at the Biological Interest Group, Wednesday 29th April, 1-2pm, Byrne House

April 24, 2015 Leave a comment

You are invited to the next meeting of the Biological Interest Group (BIG). It will take place this coming Wednesday 29th April. It will be held in the seminar room at Byrne House, from 1-2pm. Participants can bring lunch and drinks if they wish.

Next week we are very pleased to receive the visit of Tarquin Holmes, from EGENIS. We will be discussing the attached paper ‘Standing in for Nature: A History and pre-History of the Role of Wild Types in Classical Genetics’. Due to the length of the paper, we invite you to pay attention in priority to the second half of the paper, starting from the “Mendelism, Mutation Theory & the New Perspective on Variation in Early 20th Century Genetics” section. Comments on how to improve the efficiency and concision of the argument are warmly welcomed.

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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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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