Catelijne Coopmans & Brian Rappert at the Biological Interest Group – Monday 8th February, 2-3pm, Byrne House

You are invited to the next meeting of the Biological Interest Group. It will take place this coming Monday 8th of February. The meeting will be held in the seminar room at Byrne House, from 2-3pm. Participants can bring lunch and drinks if they wish.

Next week we are very pleased to receive the visit of Catelijne Coopmans and Brian Rappert, respectively from the National University of Singapore and the University of Exeter. We will be discussing the attached chapter “Accords on the Mind”. The authors kindly provided us with some information about the paper, and how we might help:

“This is a draft of a chapter (incl. a short preamble) for the book we are writing together. The book is on ‘revelation’ as a social performance of knowledge and knowing. It seeks to relate to ‘revelatory gestures’ by attending to their situated enactment and the paradoxes entailed therein. This chapter, on the neuroscientific study of Buddhist meditation, is envisaged as chapter 5. In preceding chapters we focus on the WikiLeaks releases (ch1), art forgery and ways of detecting it (ch2), and data visualization (ch3), and we synthesize the understandings gained from these cases in a sort of framework (ch4). The chapter after this one, ch6, will deal with claims that the Apollo moon landings never happened. Overall, and unlike some other work in STS, we aim to develop an approach that neither fetishizes revelation nor dismisses it as mere rhetoric or misleading epistemology.

We’re very excited about the chance to discuss this piece with the Biological Interest Group, and keen on hearing any comments, suggestions and feedback you might have! More particularly, it would be great to hear what people think of the two central threads in the chapter: do they make sense? Is it clear how they relate and also differ from one another? Do you have ideas for how we could improve the text in that regard? Another aspect on which we’d love to get feedback is the experience of reading. What came up for you, which parts were able to hold your interest and which parts were not? Where did you get stuck/lost? Did you feel there were too many aspects/dimensions introduced, or too few, etc.?”

Please contact Thomas Bonnin (tb391 [at] if you wish to join the group or for any other information.


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