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PBR Theorem

A few days ago, there appeared an interesting result by Pusey, Barrett, and Rudolph concerning the foundations of quantum mechanics. A nice (and fairly non-technical) summary of the result and its implications can be found here. (Thanks to Wayne Myrvold for the pointer.)

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PSA 2012 Biennial Meeting

The Philosophy of Science Association is pleased to announce that it will hold its Twenty-Third Biennial Meeting in San Diego, California, from Thursday, November 15, through Saturday, November 17, 2012, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the History of Science Society. A call for papers and symposium proposals is here.

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Hugh Everett III Manuscript Archive

This archive contains a collection of scanned original documents and audio recordings related to Hugh Everett III, who first proposed what has come to be known as the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.These documents include draft and final versions of Everett’s long and short Ph.D. theses and the early notes that led to these published works, Everett’s correspondence regarding his relative state formulation of pure wave mechanics, and miscellaneous biographical material. Most of these documents were discovered in the basement of Mark Everett, Hugh Everett III’s son in 2007. This collection was edited by Jeffrey A. Barrett, Peter Byrne, and James O. Weatherall.

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Upcoming talk: “Time Machines: Some Recent Work”

I will be giving the following talk in Turku, Finland on June 9 at the 10th International Conference on Unconventional Computation:

“Time Machines: Some Recent Work”

Abstract: I will consider some recent work on time machines within a particular research program (Krasnikov 2002, 2009; Earman, Smeenk, Wüthrich 2009; Manchak 2009, 2011). The background theory is classical general relativity and the upshot is that there are “time machines” if we assume spacetime is free of “holes”. The talk will make precise what is meant by these words.

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2011 Clifton Prize: Jim Weatherall

The 8th annual Robert K. Clifton Memorial Book Prize winner is Jim Weatherall (UC Irvine) for his paper “The Status of the Geodesic Principle”. Details to follow here.

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Upcoming Talk: “Time Travel: Why it May Not Pay to Work Out All the Kinks”

On Friday, 5 November, I will be presenting the paper “Time Travel: Why it May Not Pay to Work Out All the Kinks”, at the PSA in Montreal. I hope to see you there!

Abstract: Here, I hypothesize that a smooth non-geodesic closed timelike curve is never most efficient with respect to total acceleration if a kink is permitted at the initial (=terminal) point. I support my hypothesis in a variety of ways. Most notably, I show Malament’s (1986, 1987) opposing conjecture concerning Gödel spacetime to be false.

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PhilSci-Archive Relaunched

http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/

Welcome to PhilSci-Archive, an electronic archive for preprints in the philosophy of science. It is offered as a free service to the philosophy of science community. The goal of the archive is to promote communication in the field by the rapid dissemination of new work.

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Caltech: Assistant Professor and Professor Positions

Invitation for Applications: Assistant Professor of Philosophy

The Division of The Humanities and Social Sciences at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) invites applications for a tenure-track position at an untenured level. Area of specialization: any area of philosophy informed by the empirical or mathematical sciences (e.g., philosophy of science, philosophy of psychology, empirical ethics, political philosophy, experimental philosophy). We are seeking highly qualified candidates who are committed to a career in research and teaching. The term of the initial appointment is normally four years, and is contingent upon completion of the Ph.D.

Invitation for Applications: Professor of Philosophy

The Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) invites applications for a tenured professorial position in philosophy. Area of specialization: any area of philosophy informed by the empirical or mathematical sciences (e.g., philosophy of science, philosophy of psychology, experimental philosophy, history of philosophy of science). The appointment is to be made at the full professor level. We are seeking highly qualified candidates with a distinguished record of research and teaching. Candidates should hold a Ph.D. degree or equivalent.

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Western Ontario: Senior Professor Position

The Department of Philosophy at The University of Western Ontario invites applications or nominations for the Rotman Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Philosophy of Science to begin July 1, 2011. The Canada Research Chair program has been established by the Government of Canada to enable Canadian universities to foster research excellence and enhance their role as world-class centers of research. Further information on the program is available on the CRC web site at http://www.chairs.gc.ca.

We are seeking an innovative leader and established scholar in any area of Philosophy of Science, broadly construed. The successful candidate will play a key role in the academic leadership of the Joseph L. Rotman Institute for Science and Values (http://www.rotman.uwo.ca).  The position represents an exciting opportunity for experienced individuals who are recognized internationally as leaders in their field and who are currently in the rank of Professor or Associate Professor. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with qualifications and experience.   This position would be at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor with Tenure.

Review of applications will begin on September 1, 2010 and will continue until the position is filled.

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Clifton Prize

Congratulations to Bryan Roberts for winning the 2010 Robert Clifton Memorial Prize for best graduate student paper in philosophy of physics.

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