[SydPhil] Notification: Maureen O'Malley @ Wed 28 Mar 2018 13:00 - 14:30 (AEDT) (Seminars)

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Title: Maureen O'Malley
Are organisms models? Are models experiments? Some thoughts Philosophy  
of modelling usually distinguishes three modelling media: equations,  
algorithms, and materials. The third category includes things such as metal  
rods, wooden blocks, and lego (for example). But it also includes model  
organisms and experimental systems that are made of organisms and parts of  
organisms. These materials might give us pause for thought. How can a  
complex organism ‘model’ biological phenomena, when the organism is that  
very phenomenon? And surely everyone expects experimental systems to be  
empirical tests for hypotheses, and not a surrogate or representation of  
any sort, don’t they? I will discuss these and other objections, with  
special attention to how organismal and experimental model systems can  
interact with mathematical models. These interactions give indications of  
the special modelling properties organisms and experiments are meant to  
have. These properties might mean we need to supplement our views of what  
models are.
When: Wed 28 Mar 2018 13:00 – 14:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: Sydney Uni, Muniment Room
Calendar: Seminars
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