Cailin O'Connor to organize interdisciplinary symposium
- August 1, 2012
- Special session of Philosophy of Science Association biennial meeting to focus on signaling in biology
Cailin O'Connor, LPS graduate student, will organize a symposium at the biennial meeting
of the Philosophy of Science Association, to be held in San Diego, CA November 2012.
The interdisciplinary session, entitled "Signals, Signalling Games, and Biological
Behavior," will bring together researchers from across the U.S. to discuss topics
related to how organisms transmit information. The particular focus will be on applying
mathematical tools traditionally used to study the evolution of language to a wider
class of biological behaviors. In addition to O'Connor, the participants will include
LPS faculty member Jeff Barrett and recent LPS alumnus Kevin Zollman, now an assistant
professor of philosophy at Carnegie Melon University, as
well as eminent biologists Carl Bergstrom (University of Washington) and Steve Nowicki (Duke University). The Philosophy of Science Association meetings are considered the flagship conferences in the discipline and attract a large international audience. Symposium proposals are subject to a rigorous and highly competitive peer-review process.