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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Episode 2 - Carol Cleland

On Episode 2 of the SCI PHI Podcast, Nick talks with Carol Cleland, Professor of Philosophy at UC Boulder, about her early days working for a top-secret computer science startup paid for by the Navy, her current work in astrobiology, and the geosciences, and her struggles as a woman in the male-dominated areas of physics, computer science, and philosophy.

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Episode 1 - Massimo Pigliucci

On the very first episode of the SCI PHI Podcast, Nick sits down with Massimo Pigliucci to talk about applied stoicism, evolutionary genetics, enrolling in a philosophy PhD program as a tenured professor in biology, and what it's like to be a guest on the Colbert Report.

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