Philosophy of Science

2017 Oct 19

Harvard Environmental History Working Group

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE), 26 Oxford St., 4th Floor

Speaker: Daniel Zizzamia
(Ziff Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University Center for the Environment & Department of History)
Title: Beneath the Frontier: Fossils, Coal and Remaking the American West, 1800-1920

 

2017 May 03

SIZE MATTERS: Knowledge, Storage, and the History of Compression

11:25am

Location: 

Barker Center, Room 133

Does compression have a history?

Alongside a cognitive challenge of “too much to know,” information overload poses a physical challenge of “too much to store.” Indeed, the possibilities of “big data” today are predicated on technologies that compress data into ever “smaller” sizes. On the one hand, major libraries such as the NYPL, coping with spatial shortage, have increasingly emphasized the provision of digital resources – shifting physical collections off site, and in the process sparking heated debates with researchers. On the other hand, the possibilities of digital...

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2017 Apr 13

Mind, Brain, & Behavior Panel Discussion: What is Mental Illness? A Humanistic, Genetic, & Cognitive Perspective

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street

 

How have people thought about mental illness in different cultures, and are there positive aspects associated with it, thinking historically and scientifically? Should we think of mental illness as categorically different or as deviations from the normal healthy state? What measures other than pharmaceutical medicines can be helpful for maintaining positive mental health? Join us as we take a deep dive into the biological, historical and psychological aspects of mental illness.

A panel featuring: Prof. Anne Harrington (History of Science),
Prof....

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2017 Mar 21

Fabricating the Authentic: Presenting Anthropology at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

ld_bakerRace, Representation, and Museums Lecture Series

Lee D. Baker, Dean of Academic Affairs for Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Mrs. A. Hehmeyer Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University

Frederic Ward Putnam, one of the Peabody Museum’s...

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2017 Mar 07

Marx, Freud, and the Gods Black People Make: European Social Theory and the Real-Life “Fetish”

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

jl_matoryRace, Representation, and Museums Lecture Series

J. Lorand Matory, Lawrence Richardson Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Director, Sacred Arts of the Black Atlantic Project, Duke University

Since the early-modern encounter between African and European merchants on the Guinea Coast, the term “fetish...

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