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Monday 3rd June – 1-2pm – Seminar Room, Byrne House

May 24, 2013 Leave a comment

You are invited to the next session of the Biological Interest Group on Monday 3rd June. 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.

Nick Binney will be leading the session, which will be based on a summary of what he hopes will be the first two or three chapters of his PhD. Nick hopes to show that the way many physicians try to justify their use of diagnostic practices (at least in the case of heart failure) is problematic. He also hopes to show that we can understand why the justification of diagnostic practices is so problematic in the present if we understand something of how these practices have come to be developed and accepted historically.

Nick will be very grateful for any comments people have, but would be particularly interested to discuss 1) if people find his argument that the justification of diagnostic practices is problematic, 2) if people think that this should be of interest to practising physicians, 3) his argument that these problems are the result of philosophical assumptions made by physicians given the way in which these practices have developed historically, and 4) if this historical work has the potential to be valuable to the practising physician trying to consider which diagnostic practices to use. Nick’s argument for this latter point is very underdeveloped here, as this will be the subject of the rest of his PhD.

The article can be obtained by emailing Jim Lowe at jwel201 [at] ex.ac.uk – Nick has written this for BIG, so don’t worry about who you forward this document on to.

For any further information on BIG, please contact Sabina Leonelli at S.Leonelli [at] exeter.ac.uk

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Monday 20th May – 1-2pm – Seminar Room, Byrne House

May 10, 2013 Leave a comment

You are invited to the next session of the Biological Interest Group on Monday 29th April. 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.

Paul Brassley will be leading the session, which will be based on work entitled ‘Knowledge networks in UK farming 1935-1985’.

This article is much longer than the usual BIG contribution, for which the author apologises. It is designed to be a chapter of a book on technical change in English agriculture during the period 1939-1985. The book uses data from south west England, held in archives that are probably unique to Exeter University, and the subject of a research programme that has been going on since late 2009, to address the question of why technical change in agriculture was so rapid in the postwar period, as it was over much of western Europe, when it had previously been so slow. This particular chapter examines the function of knowledge networks in the process of technical change, from the original commissioning of scientific research on agricultural problems to the adoption of new technologies at the farm level. Paul does not expect people to read the whole of a 20,000 word piece, but he would be particularly interested in comments on what I have written from pp. 27-44, and especially on the conclusions on pp.40-44.

The article can be obtained by emailing Jim Lowe at jwel201 [at] ex.ac.uk – as it is a work in preparation please do not disseminate further without Dr. Brassley’s express permission.

For any further information on BIG, please contact either me at jwel201 [at] ex.ac.uk or Sabina Leonelli at S.Leonelli [at] exeter.ac.uk

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