The Subject as Cause and Effect of Evolution
Speaker: Peter Godfrey-Smith (CUNY)
4:00 — 6:00 pm, Friday Dec 2, CUNY Graduate Center, Room 5307 (Address: 365 Fifth Ave).
Abstract: Organisms physically transform their environments in ways that affect their downstream evolution. The importance of this fact has been a topic in recent debates in and around evolutionary biology. I’ll discuss this theme in a general way and then extend it. A subset of “niche construction” phenomena work by way of the perceptual, cognitive, and agential properties of organisms. These cases have distinctive features seen on several scales. I’ll look at these in relation to both the large-scale history of life and attempts to give a materialist account of the place of mind in nature.
Update: There will be no dinner after this event; but there will be a reception in the room right after the talk. All are welcome.
December 9, Friday 2:30–6:30pm, 5 Washington Place, Room 101.
*Mini-Workshop in Philosophy of Physics*
(1) What Explains the Spin-Statistics Connection?
Speaker: Jonathan Bain (NYU)
(2) All Flash, No Substance?
Speaker: Elizabeth Miller (Yale)