Dr William Simpson (St Cross HAPP Visiting Fellow): 'Why Middle-Sized Matters: The Limits of Quantum Mechanics'
The event will take place at 5.45pm in the St Cross Room at St Cross College.
Does quantum mechanics apply to everything – particles, people and planets? Does the world have a wave function?
Some philosophers believe our ‘best physics’ provides laws for where all of the microscopic matter of which everything is made ends up. In this talk, Dr Simpson will argue that such laws are context-dependent and such philosophers are looking for reality at the wrong scale. It is the middle-sized that matters…
If you'd like to attend the seminar, please register here. Everyone is very welcome.
Laura Gow (University of Liverpool): 'When Beliefs Don’t Seem True'
A seminar presented by the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion and the Humane Philosophy Project
The event will take place between 5:00pm-6:30pm at Main Aula, Blackfriars Hall, Oxford.
Usually our beliefs seem true to us - we believe there is juice in the fridge, and it seems true to us that there’s juice in the fridge. However, sometimes our beliefs don’t seem true – I believe this desk is mostly empty space, but this belief doesn’t seem true to me. I argue that beliefs need to seem true to play their important role in decision-making. Many cases of irrationality, where we don’t make the logical or rational decision, can be explained by the fact that while we have the relevant belief, this belief doesn’t seem true.
Laura Gow is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Liverpool. She has also lectured at the University of Warwick and held postdoctoral positions at the University of Antwerp and the University of Cambridge, where she worked on Tim Crane’s "New Directions in the Study of the Mind" project. Her research interests are mainly in the philosophy of mind, with a particular focus on perception and perceptual experience. Her published work criticises contemporary attempts to provide physicalist accounts of perception, and her recent research explores the less appealing implications of endorsing a genuinely physicalist account of mind.
This talk is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.