Virtually Speaking Science

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Informal conversations hosted by science writers Alan Boyle, Jennifer Ouellette, Kelly Hills and Tom Levenson, who, with their guests, explore the often-volatile landscape of science, politics and policy, the history and economics of science, science deniers and its relationship to democracy, and the role of women in the sciences. Produced by Sherry Reson. Hosted in Second Life by the Exploratorium.

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Laurie Paul, philosophy professor at UC-North Carollina, Chapel Hill: http://www.lapaul.org We'll be talking about empathy and how this might affect our ability to imaginatively project from our current selves to our future selves — she's gonna love building an avatar, given her interest in how we form identity and what it means — and also she's become an outspoken opinionated on whether having a child can be considered a rational decision (she's pro-childless despite having two kids of her own). And she's a 2014 Guggenheim fellow… Per her website: "My main research interests are in metaphysics and the philosophy of mind, especially temporal phenomenology, time, perception, the ontology of mental states, the philosophy of cognitive science, mereology, causation, constitution, and essence. I work on related topics in the philosophy of science and the philosophy of language."
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