Episode 22 - Colin Klein

On Episode 22, Nick chats with Colin Klein, Australian Research Council Future Fellow and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Macquarie University in Sydney, about engaging in pre-Reddit philosophical debates over the early internet, his humbling experience going from from a small liberal arts college to graduate study at Princeton, idealizing explanations in science, and why insects at least have a form of subjective experience.

Timestamps: 0:15 - Hello and welcome 01:49 - Colin

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Episode 21 - Roman Frigg

On Episode 21, Nick chats with Roman Frigg, Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy, Logic, and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics and Political Science, about growing up in Basel, Switzerland playing in the youth symphony orchestra, studying quantum and statistical mechanics to understand "what makes physics tick," working with his PhD advisor Nancy Cartwright on models in science, current challenges for climate scientists and policy makers, and protecting science against its celebrity scientists and other scientism advocates.

Timestamps: 0:15 - Hello and welcome 03:08 - Roman

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Episode 20 - Dominic Murphy

On Episode 20, Nick chats with Dominic Murphy, Associate Professor & Director of the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Sydney, about his early days as a naturalistic philosopher of mind, his pioneering work in the philosophy of psychiatry, his new work on self-representation in the cognitive neurosciences, the problem of cultural variation in psychiatry, and issues with the National Institute of Mental Health's new framework for studying mental disorders, the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC).

Timestamps: 0:15 - Hello and welcome 03:51 - Dominic

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Episode 19 - Jason Robert

On Episode 19, Nick chats with Jason Robert, the Lincoln Chair in Ethics and Dean's Distinguished Professor in the Life Sciences at Arizona State University, about his early work on the "selling" of the Human Genome Project, philosophical issues in human genetics, doing philosophy of biology in order to do better bioethics, and his ongoing ambition to contribute to debates about the ethics of scientific research and medical practice.

Timestamps: 0:15 - Hello and welcome 03:22 - Jason

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Episode 18 - Richard Dawid

On Episode 18, Nick chats with Richard Dawid, Professor of Philosophy at Stockholm University in Sweden, about his research connecting general philosophy of science and the philosophy of physics, theories of high energy physics and cosmology, and his book, 'String Theory and the Scientific Method', which aims to understand 'the trust physicists have in contemporary theories despite the absence of empirical confirmation.'

Timestamps: 0:15 - Hello and welcome 04:19 - Richard

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Episode 17 - Alex Rosenberg

On Episode 17, Nick talks with Alex Rosenberg, the R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy at Duke University, about his pioneering work in the philosophy of economics, reconciling molecular biology with evolutionary theory, and examining philosophical questions by means of historical fiction in his best-selling novel, "The Girl From Krakow", a thriller that explores how a young woman and her lover navigate the dangerous thirties, the firestorm of war in Europe, and how they make sense of their survival.

Timestamps: 0:15 - Hello and welcome 02:16 - Alex

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Episode 16 - Lindley Darden

On Episode 16, Nick chats with Lindley Darden, Professor of Philosophy at University of Maryland College Park, about her early days in the Conceptual Foundations of Science program at U Chicago, pressing Thomas Kuhn at dinner on progress in science, the importance of getting the history right, and doing philosophy that can be useful to scientists.

Timestamps: 0:15 - Hello and welcome 03:03 - Lindley

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Episode 15 - Anya Plutynski

On Episode 15, Nick chats with Anya Plutynski, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis, about her undergraduate days at U Chicago and their Great Books Program, reconciling freedom and necessity in Spinoza's ethics, how her personal experience with cancer led to scientifically-engaged philosophical work on causation and explanation in cancer research, and the three biggest challenges facing philosophy of science today.

Timestamps: 0:15 - Hello and welcome 07:51 - Anya

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Episode 14 - Tom Polger

On Episode 14, chats with Tom Polger, Professor of Philosophy and Head of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Cincinnati, about growing up programming games on his family's Commodore 64 computer, working for the tech-focused MITRE Corporation, teaching 20 different courses while coming up for tenure, how this thing called philosophy can be a legitimate form of inquiry, and how to support scientists and philosophers working together.

Timestamps: 0:15 - Hello and welcome 02:54 - Tom

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Episode 13 - Colin Allen

On Episode 13, Nick talks with Colin Allen, Provost Professor of Cognitive Science and of History & Philosophy of Science & Medicine at Indiana University Bloomington, about playing the role of Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice, major differences between English and U.S. degree programs, going beyond the walls of the UCLA philosophy department to study linguistics, neuroscience, and computer science, connecting his interests in the philosophy of language with cognitive ethology, and his past, present, and future projects as a scientifically-engaged philosopher.

Timestamps: 0:15 - Hello and welcome 03:23 - Colin

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Episode 12 - Michael Ruse

On Episode 12, Nick chats with Michael Ruse, the Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor and Director of the History and Philosophy of Science Program at Florida State University, about growing up in England as a Quaker, his transition from analytic philosophy to philosophy of science, those in the philosophy of science he admires, and how to succeed as an academic.

Timestamps: 0:15 - Hello and welcome 02:28 - Michael

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Episode 11 - Anjan Chakravartty

On Episode 11, Nick chats with Anjan Chakravartty, Professor of Philosophy, and Director of the John H. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame, about growing up in Peterborough, Canada as the son of immigrant parents from India, his early work on an international development project in Calcutta and a United Nationals World Congress on Environment and Development, his research on scientific realism beginning at Cambridge, how specialized philosophy of science informs general philosophy of science, and his upcoming book on naturalized metaphysics.

 

Timestamps: 0:15 - Hello and welcome 10:42 - Anjan

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Episode 10 - Elliott Sober

On Episode 10, Nick talks with Elliott Sober, the Hans Reichenbach Professor and William F. Vilas Research Professor in Philosophy at University of Wisconsin-Madison, about doing his PhD backwards (dissertation first, coursework second), his move from more traditional philosophy into the philosophy of biology, and the hard problem of why the simplicity of a scientific theory should be relevant to saying what the world is like. 

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Episode 9 - Jane Maienschein

On Episode 9, Nick chats with Jane Maienschein, American Professor and Director for the Center for Biology and Society at Arizona State University, about her wandering (and wondering) road beginning in astrophysics at MIT to studying history and philosophy of science at Indiana, research opportunities for students at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, MA, and insightful career advice for students in the history and philosophy of science. 

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Episode 8 - Edouard Machery

On Episode 8, Nick talks with Edouard Machery, Distinguished Professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh, about his early upbringing in the French tradition of philosophy of science, his search for new ways of doing philosophy while studying at MIT and Harvard, his work in the philosophy of cognitive science, and how philosophers (and scientists) can apply to study at the Center for Philosophy of Science. 

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Episode 7 - Sandra Mitchell

On Episode 7, Nick talks with Sandra Mitchell, Professor and Chair of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh, about her early days studying with Imre Lakatos at the London School of Economics, how her social and political concerns have informed her research, psychiatric genetics, how science can inform policy, and her new role as President of the Philosophy of Science Association.

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Episode 6 - Rick Grush

On Episode 6, Nick chats with Rick Grush, Professor of Philosophy at UC San Diego, about his experience as a first-generation student, his early days studying philosophy of cognitive science under Paul Churchland, diversity in philosophy, and why he very recently nearly resigned from academia all together.

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Episode 5 - Kyle Stanford

On Episode 5, Nick chats with Kyle Stanford, an internationally born-and-raised Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at UC Irvine. They discuss Kyle's initial realization that our best scientific theories weren't just telling us what things were like, the problem of unconceived alternatives in science and why it may be getting worse, and his most recent research in moral psychology.

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Episode 4 - Roberta Millstein

On Episode 4, Nick chats with Roberta Millstein, Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at Davis, about her early days working as an "east coast" computer programmer, her novel path to obtaining a tenure-track job in philosophy, and the Philosophy of Science Association's Women's Caucus.

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Episode 3 - David Danks

On Episode 3, Nick sits down with David Danks, Professor of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon, to talk about graduating with a philosophy degree from Princeton without ever reading a word of Kant, his work at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, and his unique approach to interdisciplinary puzzle solving.

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