Philosophy of Science

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… Read more about SIZE MATTERS: Knowledge, Storage, and the History of Compression

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. Steve… Read more about Mind, Brain, & Behavior Panel Discussion: What is Mental Illness? A Humanistic, Genetic, & Cognitive Perspective

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… Read more about Fabricating the Authentic: Presenting Anthropology at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition

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

2016 Sep 29

Science in the News’ SIT’N Listen Returns to Radio Contact!

6:15pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Special Exhibitions, Science Center 251

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Live Podcast from Radio Contact Exhibit

Sponsored by SIT’N Listen & Academic Ventures of Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.    

The oceans cover 70% of our planet, but did you know that less than 5% of the ocean floor has been explored?  In the face of rapid climate change,… Read more about Science in the News’ SIT’N Listen Returns to Radio Contact!

2016 Sep 19

HUCE Lecture: Linda Nash

4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Museum of Comparative Zoology Room 440

Title: “The Materials of Imperialism: Engineering Arid Landscapes in Washington’s Columbia Basin and Afghanistan’s Helmand Valley”
Linda Nash, University of Washington
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2016 Sep 01

"Science, Religion and Culture" Seminar Opening Reception

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

TBA

Please RSVP here for the SRC Colloquium Series Opening Reception

The "Science, Religion and Culture" seminar, one of the Mahindra Humanities Seminars, provides an opportunity to critically interrogate the categories of science, religion and culture and the sociocultural and discursive processes that create and transform these categories and the structures of authority attached to them. It sponsors conversations among scholars using… Read more about "Science, Religion and Culture" Seminar Opening Reception

2016 Oct 13

DHS Seminar: Carla Nappi

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Science Center 469

Title: "Fictioning Early Modernity: Storytelling with the History of Science”
Carla Nappi, Department of History, The University of British Columbia

2016 Apr 12

DHS Seminar: Projit Mukharji

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Science Center 469

Title: "Sound Matters: The Braided Tones of Vernacular Sciences in a Colonial Echo Chamber"

Projit Mukharji,
Martin Meyerson Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies, History & Sociology of Science, UPenn