[SydPhil] "In Silico Modeling: The Human Factor”: Humana.Mente issue 30

Emanuele Serrelli emanuele.serrelli at unimib.it
Fri Jun 17 04:29:20 AEST 2016

Dear colleagues,

we are happy to announce the publication of issue 30 (June 2016) of the open access journal Humana.Mente - Journal of Philosophical Studies:

Marta Bertolaso and Miles MacLeod, eds
"In Silico Modeling: The Human Factor”
Issue 30 of Humana.Mente
Open access at: http://www.humanamente.eu/index.php/pages/58-issue30

Undoubtedly, the future of biology is as a technoscience, in which technical and engineering expertise are as important as biological knowledge and experimental skill. As such many of the practices and cultures that have characterized 20th century biology may be supplanted by more automated and algorithmic machine-driven processes. But what can we really expect from technology? How effective will it be and what impact will it have on biological knowledge? How will the role of scientists as human beings be transformed by this epochal transformation? How autonomous will the role of technology be with respect to human contributions in driving research? In sum, how does this human-technology partnership work? Are there any risks or negative drifts that we can foresee and try to counter? This Special Issue tries to lay some foundations for answering these questions by focusing on in silico models. In silico stands for ‘computational’. Historically, the term in silico has played the rhetorical function of giving computational models and simulations the same scientific dignity as in vitro and in vivo experiments.

Table of Contents

Marta Bertolaso, Miles MacLeod – Introduction – In silico Modeling: The Human Factor

Fridolin Gross – Heuristic Strategies in Systems Biology

Giovanni Boniolo, Luisa Lanfrancone – Decomposing Biological Complexity into a Conjunction of Theorems. The Case of the Melanoma Network

Federico Boem – Orienteering Tools: Biomedical Research with Ontologies

Annamaria Carusi – In Silico Medicine: Social, Technological and Symbolic Mediation

Ilaria Malagrinò – In silico Clinical Trials: A New Dawn in Biomedical Research?

Sara Green, Henrik Vogt – Personalizing Medicine: Disease Prevention in silico and in socio

Federica Russo – On the Poietic Character of Technology

Matteo Cerri, Marco Viceconti, Markus Reiterer – In Silico Medicine: The Practitioners’ Points of View


Some info on related projects at www.biotechnopractice.org


Emanuele Serrelli, PhD

University of Milano Bicocca
CISEPS - Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics, Psychology and Social Sciences

emanuele.serrelli at unimib.it
Personal web: http://www.epistemologia.eu

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