[SydPhil] Macquarie Philosophy WiP Seminar on Tuesday October 2023 – Dr Riin Kõiv (University of Sydney)

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Wed Sep 27 09:14:43 AEST 2023

Dear all,

You are invited to attend the next Macquarie Philosophy Work-in-Progress Seminar on Tuesday 3 October 2023 from 1:00 to 2:00pm.

Attend in-person at 25B Wally's Walk, Room B603.
Attend online: https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/4K-fClx1Nji1ROPAnhGkiSz?domain=macquarie.zoom.us
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Speaker: Dr Riin Kõiv (University of Sydney)

Title: Can Linguistic Change Prevent Misinterpretation of Genetic Information?

Abstract: Broader audiences often misinterpret scientific information about the genetic causes of human traits (‘genetic information’) in systematic ways, for instance, too deterministically. Such misinterpretations are thought to have undesirable consequences. So, the question arises: How to prevent misinterpretations of genetic information? According to one common proposal, a way to do this is to avoid using certain terms and expressions (‘is genetically controlled’, ‘genetically determined’ etc.) when conveying genetic information and instead use terms and expressions that represent the scientific content of this information more accurately. I argue that such “terminological swaps” are unlikely to be very effective if (1) linguistic interpretation is context sensitive (as it is) and (2) common misinterpretations of genetic information are partly explained by genetic essentialism (as they likely are).

For any queries about the Macquarie Philosophy Work-in-Progress Seminars, please contact foa.philseminars at mq.edu.au<mailto:foa.philseminars at mq.edu.au>.

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ARC Discovery Early Career Research Awardee
Department of Philosophy
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