Annual Lecture Series (in-person)
Lunchtime Talks (in-person)
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LTT: B. McLoone
October 29, 2021 @ 12:10 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
Brian McLoone, Higher School Economics, Center Visiting Fellow
How Should We Think about Models with Impossible Assumptions?
ABSTRACT: This talk will be about complications that emerge when one renders a scientific model with an impossible assumption as a counterfactual. The talk will touch on a variety of topics, such as the nature of (im)possibility, the vacuity thesis (whose correctness I argue against), impossible worlds (whose utility I argue for), and it will draw on some completed but unpublished experimental work on how scientists reason from assumptions that they deem to be impossible.
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- October 29, 2021
12:10 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
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