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International Meeting “Evolutionary Theory: A Hierarchical Perspective”

Presentation of:

Eldredge N, Pievani T, Serrelli E, Tëmkin I, eds. (2016). Evolutionary Theory: A Hierarchical Perspective. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

With Telmo Pievani, Ilya Tëmkin, Warren D. Allmon, Gregory Cooper, T. Ryan Gregory, Stefan Linquist, William Miller III, Mihaela Pavlicev, Andrea Parravicini, Francesco Suman, Alejandro Fabregas Tejeda.

Organized by: The Hierarchy Group

Venues: National Academy of Sciences and NOVA Northern Virginia Community College

See event program on Academia.

Interdisciplinary Workshop on Robustness – Engineering Science

Interdisciplinary Workshop on Robustness – Engineering Science

Rome, February 5th – 6th, 2015

Part of the Bio-Techno-Practice project

See program on Academia.edu

Talks:

  • Gabriele Oliva – Robustness: A systems engineering point of view
  • Lorenzo Farina – Robustness through feedback: Benefits and limitations
  • Miles McLeod – Closing rhetorical gaps is healthy for everyone: The robustness of models and the aims of systems biology
  • Viola Schiaffonati – Model-based engineering
  • Alessandro Giuliani – News from the ‘twilight zone’: Protein molecules between the crystal and the fluid
  • Dino Accoto –  Robustness in robotics: Morphology, materials and intelligence
  • Marco Buzzoni – Robustness, mechanism, and the counterfactual use of finality in biology
  • Alfred Nordmann – Rules of thumb as paradigms of robust knowledge

Speakers

Dino Accoto – University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome, Biomedical Robotics and Biomicrosystems Laboratory
Marco Buzzoni – University of Macerata, Department of Human Sciences
Lorenzo Farina – University of Rome La Sapienza, Department of Computer Control and Management Engineering
Alessandro Giuliani – Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome
Miles McLeod – TINT Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Science, Helsinki, Finland
Gabriele Oliva – University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome, Complex Systems and Security Laboratory
Alfred Nordmann – Institut für Philosophie, Technische Universität Darmstadt
Viola Schiaffonati – Politecnico di Milano, Department of Electronic, Information and Bioengineering

Chair

Raffaella Campaner – University of Bologna, Department of Philosophy and Communication

Philosophical Steering Committee

Marta Bertolaso – University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome, FAST, Faculty of Engineering
Sandra D. Mitchell – Pittsburgh University, Department of History and Philosophy of Science

Scientific Steering Committee

Flavio Keller – University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome, Faculty of Medicine
Simonetta Filippi – University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome, Faculty of Engineering

Local Organizing Committee

Emanuele Serrelli – University of Milano Bicocca
Anna Maria Dieli – University of Tor Vergata, Rome; IHPST, Paris
robustnesswork@gmail.com

Location

Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma
Via Álvaro del Portillo, 21
00128 Roma

With the participation of

“Istituto per la Storia del Pensiero Filosofico e Scientifico Moderno (ISPF)”, National Research Council, Naples
Department of Philosophy and Communication, University of Bologna
University of Macerata

With the contribution of

“Fondazione Cattolica Assicurazioni”

Borzoo Pourabdollahian – Towards a sustainable society through serious gaming

CISEPS – Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics, Psychology and Social Sciences

Towards a sustainable society through serious gaming

Dr. Borzoo Pourabdollahian
Politecnico di Milano

Thursday, November 27, 12:00pm
Room U6-3143, Piazza dell’Ateneo Nuovo 1, Milano

Borzoo Pourabdollahian - Towards a sustainable society through serious gamingAbstract: The main challenge for societies is to find mechanisms to arouse among their citizens better insights about the importance of sustainability, and, more importantly, to encourage people to change their habits and behaviours towards being “sustainable citizens”. Serious games simulate real environments. They can be used as pedagogical tools in creating sustainable societies: players become motivated to behave in a sustainable manner in order to achieve the ultimate goal of the game, which represents a prosperity phenomenon. The seminar will present the audience with a set of games specifically designed to increase the player’s awareness about those activities and practices which are necessary for every specific sector of a society (e.g. Health, Science, Manufacturing, Education, Business, etc.) to turn sustainable. In particular, we will discuss the mechanisms laid in the design and implementation of each game to get better understanding of the ways in which learning contents are transferred into players’ mind and behaviour, in a scale from abstract knowledge to behavioural changes.

Borzoo Pourabdollahian obtained his PhD from Politecnico di Milano in 2014. His contribution is a guideline towards designing serious games in the areas related to manufacturing education. He has been involved in some projects funded by European Union under 7th framework program. Particularly, GaLA (Game and Learning Alliance) and TARGET (Transformative, Adaptive, Responsive and enGaging EnvironmenT). He has presented several papers in prominent conferences and is currently a reviewer of Journal of Transactions on Education.

Species on the Threshold

Species on the Threshold: How Cultural Evolution Changes the Landscapes of Our Life

Emanuele Serrelli spoke on the relationship between cultural and biological evolution at the conference:

La specie sulla soglia: come l’evoluzione culturale cambia i paesaggi della nostra vita

Venerdì, 31 Ottobre 2014
16:30 – 19:30
Mostra d’Oltremare, Arena Flegrea, Napoli (Forum Internazionale delle Culture)

L’importanza di prendere atto che l’evoluzione sia divenuta soprattutto culturale è una delle principali responsabilità della nostra specie che ci vede “sulla soglia” di un cambiamento e di un apprendimento epocali. La cultura ha oggi il compito di attivare la responsabilità individuale e collettiva per essere all’altezza di questo processo di profonda trasformazione.

A cura di Amici della terra club dell’Irpinia associazione ONLUS e Hirpus associazione di promozione sociale. Part of the Series: Passavamo sulla terra leggeri: Culture, Educazione, Sostenibilità.

KeynoteVincenzo Moretti, Sociologo, responsabile della sezione Società Culture e Innovazione alla Fondazione Giuseppe Di Vittorio

RoundtableGiancarlo Blasi, ingegnere, socio di HIRPUS APS (moderator); Giovanni Mastino, fisico, Associazione Amici della Terra Italia; Luca Mori, filosofo, Università di Pisa; Emanuele Serrelli, filosofo della scienza, Università di Milano Bicocca; Giuseppe Bruno, ingegnere, Università di Napoli.

All videos here!!!

Emanuele Serrelli on the relationship between cultural and biological evolution:


2014, Oct 31 (h.16:30-19:30) – Org. Hirpus, Naples, Forum Universale delle Culture: La specie sulla soglia: come l’evoluzione culturale cambia i paesaggi della nostra vita. With V. Moretti, G. Blasi, L. Famiglietti, L. Mori, G. Bruno, R. Filippini. Public conference.

http://www.forumculture.org/event.cfm?id=663

Interdisciplinary Workshop on Robustness

Goal of the workshop is to rise relevant questions as well as to encourage interdisciplinary discussions surrounding the topic of Robustness.

2014, October 14 (09.30) – 16 (17.30)

Location
Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma
Via Álvaro del Portillo, 21
00128 Roma

Programme

October 14th
09:30 – 10.30  Plenary Session – Gerald H. Pollack
11.00 – 13:30  Session 1: The methodological and conceptual foundations of robustness
S. Caianiello – Prolegomena to a history of the notion of robustness
G. Caniglia – Robustness, Integration and What We Can Do When We Cannot Observe Something
S. Mitchell – Challenges of Robustness for Causal Explanation
P. Huneman – Robustness as an explanandum and explanans in evolutionary biology and ecology
14:30 – 17:30  Session 2: Talking about robustness
G. Vitiello – Dynamical rearrangement of Symmetry, minimum stimulus and robustness
L. Di Paola, A. Giuliani – Ecological Process Design and Robustness: the Case of Biofuels
S. Filippi – Robustness and Emergent Dynamics in Noisy Biological Systems
F. Keller – Robustness and Embodiment of Higher Cognitive Functions
M. Trombetta – Tissue Engineering and Cell Driving

October 15th
09:30 – 11:00  Session 2: Talking about robustness
A. Marcos – Difference
A. Moreno – Robustness and Autonomy
14:00 – 17:45  Working Groups

October 16th
09:30 – 12:30  Results presentation
13:45 – 17:00  Roundtable
17:00 – 17.30  Conclusions

Philosophical and Scientific Steering Committee
Marta Bertolaso – Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, FAST e Facoltà di Ingegneria
Sandra D. Mitchell – University of Pittsburgh
Jane Maienschein – Arizona State University
Simonetta Filippi – Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, Facoltà di Ingegneria
Flavio Keller – Università Campus  Bio-Medico di Roma, Facoltà di Medicina

Chair
Marta Bertolaso – Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, FAST e Facoltà di Ingegneria

Local Organizing Committee
Luca Valera – Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, FAST
Anna Maria Dieli – Università Tor Vergata, Roma; IHPST, Paris
robustnesswork@gmail.com

Organizzato da:
Campus Bio-Medico di Roma
ISPF, CNR
Con il contributo di Fondazione Cattolica Assicurazioni

Referente organizzativo:
Silvia Caianiello
ISPF, C.N.R.

Ufficio stampa:
Luca Valera
Campus Bio-Medico
robustnesswork@gmail.com


https://www.academia.edu/8731300/Interdisciplinary_Workshop_on_Robustness

More pictures on Flickr.

Venice Workshop on Explaining Development

9-10 September 2014
Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti
Palazzo Loredan – Venezia
workshop2014
A workshop organized by Alessandro Minelli (University of Padova and Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti) and Thomas Pradeu (Paris-Sorbonne University and Institut universitaire de France)

What is development, and how should it be explained? Conceptual issues play an important role in today’s developmental biology (e.g., concerning plasticity and robustness, the periodization of development, etc.) An important, related question is to determine whether developmental biology offers theories. In a volume published by OUP in 2014 and edited by Minelli and Pradeu (Towards a theory of development), prominent biologists and philosophers have examined this question. This exploration of the theoretical aspects of developmental biology has now naturally led us to a broader and perhaps even more fundamental question, that of the explanation(s) of development.

Attendance to the workshop will be open
and free to all interested people.

Active participation to the discussion will be welcome.
Please inform the organizers of your intention to attend by sending a message to alessandro.minelli@unipd.it
not later than August 31, 2014.

Programme

9 September 2014

09:00-09:30
ALESSANDRO MINELLI & THOMAS PRADEU – Welcome and introductory remarks

Explaining what? – Putting development in context

09:30-10:20
GIUSEPPE FUSCO – Development in the context of the life cycle

10:20-11:10
JAMES R. GRIESEMER – Periodization of development

11:10-11:30
Coffee break

Explaining what? – Unconventional developmental systems

11:30-12:20
ALESSANDRO MINELLI – The development of the fruit, the seed, the moss and other chimaeric systems

14:00-14:50
ALEXANDER V. ERESKOVSKY – Problems and insights from sponge developmental biology

What is the respective role of descriptions, explanations and predictions in developmental biology?

14:50-15:40
THOMAS PRADEU – Description, explanation, and prediction in developmental biology

15:40-16:30
LUCIE LAPLANE – Contrasting notions of theory and their relevance for developmental biology

16:30-17:00
Coffee break

17:00-18:00

Plenary discussion I – The problem agenda(s)



10 September 2014

On the causality of development
09:00-09:50
WALLACE ARTHUR – Topology of causal links in development

09:50-10:40
JOHANNES JAEGER – The role of dynamical systems theory in a mechanistic theory of development

10:40-11:10
Coffee break

11:10-12:00
GERD B. MÜLLER – Do theories of evolution affect theories of development?

What does it exactly mean to give an explanation of development?

14:00-14:50
ALAN C. LOVE – The concept of potentiality in developmental reasoning

14:50-15:40
MICHEL VERVOORT – The importance to compare convergent developmental processes in trying to establish some principles of development

15:40-16:10
Coffee break

16:10-17:00
Plenary discussion II – Connections and broader issues

17:00-18:00
What next? General discussion on research, meetings and editorial plans


http://www.istitutoveneto.it/flex/cm/pages/ServeBLOB.php/L/IT/IDPagina/912

https://www.academia.edu/8732210/Venice_Workshop_on_Explaining_Development

Ilya Tëmkin – Perils and promises of cultural phylogenies: evolution of the Baltic Psaltery

CISEPS – Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics, Psychology and Social Sciences

Perils and promises of cultural phylogenies: Evolution of the Baltic Psaltery

Ilya Tëmkin
National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution) and NOVA (Northern Virginia Community College)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 12:00pm
Room U6/3061, Piazza dell’Ateneo Nuovo 1, Milano

psaltery-phylogenyAbstract: The new millennium has brought a new impetus for rigorous historical reconstruction into the field of material cultural evolution by applying phylogenetic analysis (originally developed for discerning evolutionary relationships among living organisms). A detailed study of the Baltic psaltery, a plucked stringed instrument that has enjoyed popularity in Northeastern Europe since the Middle Ages, reveals perils and promises of these methods, particularly of novel network-based approaches. Every group of people that has preserved the instrument, regards it as an essential symbol of their ethnic identity with its presumed origin and significance deeply rooted in traditional culture, as evidenced through mythology, epic poetry, songs, and ritual. Despite its cultural significance, the history of the Baltic psaltery has been a controversial subject for over a century. The patterns of historical relationships revealed by phylogenetics-inspired approaches may help settling the controversy and link disparate data on the iconography, archaeology, and cultural anthropology of the Baltic psaltery.

The seminar is part of the CISEPS project The diffusion of cultural traits, whose goal is to trigger interdiciplinary debates, emphasizing common problems and peculiarities among economics, philosophy, anthropology, geography, history, biology and many more fields. Thinking in terms of cultural traits – i.e., characters depending in some way on social learning – doesn’t imply exhaustion of cultural processes; rather, it means thinking critically to scientific models and metaphors for studying culture.

Malatesta, Schmidt, Squarcina – Not just limits: the geographical boundaries as places of meeting and diffusion of cultural traits

CISEPS – Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics, Psychology and Social Sciences

Not just limits: the geographical boundaries as places of meeting and diffusion of cultural traits

Stefano Malatesta, Marcella Schmidt di Friedberg, Enrico Squarcina
Università di Milano Bicocca

May 16th, 2013, 2:30 pm
Room U6/3061, Piazza dell’Ateneo Nuovo 1, Milano

Fonte dell’immagine: Bianchi E., Perussia F., Il centro di Milano: percezione e realtà, 1978.
Fonte dell’immagine:
Bianchi E., Perussia F.,
Il centro di Milano:
percezione e realtà, 1978.

Abstract: Boundaries are a consolidating subject in the contemporary study of human geography. Newman’s observations justify an analysis of the persistent geopolitical and cultural action played by these objects in all their forms, even if consider contemporary spaces as de-territorialized and borderless and regions only as elements of a global network. In fact material and non-material limits are meaningful sources of information for reading the structure of territories and for understanding their social, cultural political, ecosystemic and historical relationships: boundaries leave landmarks (material and non-material) on landscapes, immediately related to their own geopolitical function, these landmarks become objects of human perception (primarily visual) and are also the subject of political representation (landscapes); boundaries are the primitives of spatial knowledge on which peoples build their own geographical images of places; boundaries are a mighty basis of the mimetic function played by the cartographic language. Therefore, considering both their physical and narrative dimensions, we can state that geographical boundaries rather than being limits or barriers, are places directly involved in the diffusion of cultural traits. This issue will be discussed focusing on the role played by limits and boundaries on landscapes, cartography and mental representations of space.

The seminar is part of the CISEPS project The diffusion of cultural traits, whose goal is to trigger interdiciplinary debates, emphasizing common problems and peculiarities among economics, philosophy, anthropology, geography, history, biology and many more fields. Thinking in terms of cultural traits – i.e., characters depending in some way on social learning – doesn’t imply exhaustion of cultural processes; rather, it means thinking critically to scientific models and metaphors for studying culture.

Dia da evolução em Lisboa

A Evolução diz respeito a todos nós. Em algum momento das nossas vidas, todos nós já nos perguntámos de onde viemos e qual a origem das espécies que nos rodeiam. Como evoluíram os seres humanos? Como surgiram as plantas que estão no nosso jardim? Será que um traço unicamente humano como a linguagem evolui? E por que razão algumas espécies se extinguem, enquanto outras prosperam? Na verdade, como é que a vida de facto evoluiu?
Durante o Dia da Evolução em Lisboa, vamos reunir um conjunto de especialistas nacionais e internacionais que tentarão responder a algumas destas questões, tanto a si como aos seus filhos, numa linguagem simples e acessível.

PROGRAMMA:

16.00 Abertura
Rosalia Vargas, Presidente da Ciência Viva
Nathalie Gontier, Directora do Lisbon Applied Evolutionary Epistemology Lab

16.30 Evolução, um panorama geral, e Evolução, vista de perto
Folmer Bokma, O que Podem as Espécies Actuais Dizer-nos Sobre as já Extintas?
Douglas Zook, A Dominância da Simbiose na Biosfera

17.00 A Evolução Humana
Emanuele Serrelli, Ecologia, Biogeografia e Descendência nos Modelos Recentes de Evolução Humana
Larissa Mendoza, O papel da Arte Visual na Evolução Humana

17.30 Intervalo

18.00 A Evolução da Linguagem Humana
Daniel Dor, A Co-evolução da Linguagem e dos seus Falantes
Mónica Tamariz, Como o Computador nos Ajuda a Compreender a Evolução da Linguagem

18.30 Perguntas e Debate
19.00 Fim

Organized by AppEEL


Look for it in the Talks page (with additional links):

2013, Mar 16 (h.4 PM) – Dia da evolução em Lisboa, Cîencia Viva Knowledge Pavillion, Lisboa, Portugal: Ecologia, Biogeografia e Descendência nos Modelos Recentes de Evolução Humana [Sloshing in the bucket: Ecology, Biogeography, and descent in recent Models of Human Evolution]. With Folmer Bokma, Douglas Zook, Larissa Mendoza, Daniel Dor, Mónica Tamariz. Conference.

http://diadaevolucao.fc.ul.pt/?page_id=13

http://youtu.be/OLjTu1mG-CI?t=1h2m41s

Pierluigi Cuzzolin – Fatiche e miserie dell’espressione iuxta propria principia

CISEPS – Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics, Psychology and Social Sciences

Fatiche e miserie dell’espressione iuxta propria principia

Pierluigi Cuzzolin
Università di Bergamo

February 28th, 2013, 12pm
Room U6/3061, Piazza dell’Ateneo Nuovo 1, Milano

telesioAbstract: Nel De rerum natura iuxta propria principia (prima edizione nel 1565) Bernardino Telesio utilizzava questo sintagma per propugnare uno studio dell’oggetto d’indagine secondo principi e criteri di indagine propri di quell’oggetto. Da allora l’espressione iuxta propria principia è stata spesso usata in modo strumentale. Intento di questa presentazione non è quello di ripercorrere questo capitolo di storia delle idee, peraltro ancora da scrivere, ma di vedere come l’invocazione ai propria principia in linguistica sia stato un fenomeno più travagliato e complesso che per altre discipline. Da questo punto di vista, parlare di propria principia in linguistica significa aver chiamato in causa, quasi a volerle porre a proprio fondamento teorico, molte altre discipline, dalla filosofia alla biologia alla fisica alla economia alle scienze cognitive più in generale, e sempre con alterne fortune.

The seminar is part of the CISEPS project The diffusion of cultural traits, whose goal is to trigger interdiciplinary debates, emphasizing common problems and peculiarities among economics, philosophy, anthropology, geography, history, biology and many more fields. Thinking in terms of cultural traits – i.e., characters depending in some way on social learning – doesn’t imply exhaustion of cultural processes; rather, it means thinking critically to scientific models and metaphors for studying culture.