[SydPhil] 'Inner West Council Philosophy Talk', Michaelis Michael (UNSW): “The Intertwined histories of Medicine and Philosophical reflections on Knowledge: How Big Data might just wreck the boat”, Thursday, February 27, 6:00pm-7:10pm, Leichhardt Library.

Simon Lumsden s.lumsden at unsw.edu.au
Fri Feb 21 09:53:32 AEDT 2020

Details of the Next “Inner West Council Philosophy Talk"

Title: “The Intertwined histories of Medicine and Philosophical reflections on Knowledge: How Big Data might just wreck the boat”

Speaker:  Assoc. Prof. Michaelis Michael  (Philosophy, UNSW)


I’ll contrast different ways of engaging with knowledge. I caricature these as the scientific, the engineering and the business models. Medicine has a vexed and complicated history in relation to knowledge claims since it aims at a product like engineering not understanding as such. I'll argue that various techniques being used today are threatening to change the goals of science to make them closer to those of the engineering and business models. Big Data techniques are changing science in this direction. These changes involve a reshaping of the very nature of scientific research and threaten to undermine the crucial critical role science has played by moving research away from the central goal of facilitating understanding by discovery of truth.​

Thursday, February 27
6:00pm - 7:10pm
Free event - All welcome - Light refreshments provided (from 5:40pm)
Bookings online or call 9367 9266

Full details as well as registration for the event are available from this link:
If the event booking says that it is fully booked please still attend as many people who register do not show up on the night.

Michaelis Michael is associate professor of philosophy at UNSW. His research focuses on metaphysics and the philosophy of science. He is the author of many publications in these areas. He is the author of  Evolution by Natural Selection: Confidence, Evidence and the Gap, CRC Press, 2015.

Upcoming talks:

“Can Things Make Us Happy? Ancient Perspectives from China and Greece”, Thursday April 2, 6.00 – 7.10 pm: Leichhardt Library, Timothy O'Leary (UNSW)

“ Post-work society as an oxymoron ” Thursday May 7, 6.00 – 7.10 pm: Leichhardt Library, Jean-Philippe Deranty (Macquarie)

“Title TBA", Thursday June 18, 6.00 – 7.10 pm: Leichhardt Library, Luara Ferracioli (U Sydney)

Simon Lumsden
(Inner West Council philosophy talks program coordinator)

Simon Lumsden | Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
University of New South Wales | Sydney | NSW 2052 | Australia
work + 61 2 9385 2369
s.lumsden at unsw.edu.au<mailto:s.lumsden at unsw.edu.au>

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