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Rationally Speaking is a blog maintained by Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, a philosopher at the City University of New York. The blog reflects the Enlightenment figure Marquis de Condorcet's idea of what a public intellectual (yes, we know, that's such a bad word) ought to be: someone who devotes himself to "the tracking down of prejudices in the hiding places where priests, the schools, the government, and all long-established institutions had gathered and protected them." You're welcome. Please notice that the contents of this blog can be reprinted under the standard Creative Commons license.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Philosophical greetings from Pittsburgh!

Over the next three days I will be reporting from Pittsburgh, PA, where the Philosophy of Science Association is conducting its biennial meeting. I will update the blog whenever I have a chance, between sessions, before breakfast or after dinner. Obviously, I will be able to comment briefly only on sessions that I will actually attend, and even then I will probably focus on what were the highlights from my own particular perspective.

The first session I will attend this afternoon has the rather provocative title of "(Mis)Representing mathematical models in biology," and features four talks by Joan Roughgarden (Stanford), James Griesemer (UC-Davis), Frederic Bouchard (Montreal), and Roberta Millstein (UC-Davis) and colleagues. Stay tuned...

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