Big Idea Talks by the Philosophy Department
Pictures from the Philosophy Department's Big Idea Talks.
Our Very Own Dr. Gregory Pence on National Fox TV Discussing Cloned MeatDr. Gregory Pence, a philosophy professor at the University of
Alabama in Birmingham, was on Fox News at 5:00 p.m. on January
16, 2014, to discuss the issue of cloned meat.
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Artificial Conversations Spark Insights into the Evolution of Ideas
By Matt WindsorIn a small office in UAB’s Humanities Building, philosopher Marshall Abrams, Ph.D., is hosting a heated debate about the origins of life. The nine participants share their opinions rapid-fire, completing several hundred conversations every minute. Nevertheless, not a word is spoken; all the action is happening on Abrams’s computer screen. Welcome to philosophy’s digital era.
Abrams is building a computer-based simulation of cultural change, the flow of ideas among individuals that exerts a powerful shaping force on a society’s guiding values. “Meteorologists want to understand the local changes that affect large-scale weather patterns,” Abrams says. “Social scientists want to do the same thing with cultural change. But just like the weather, it is very subtle and complicated. I’m trying to see what a digital model can add.”