[Humanist] 30.779 events: on curiosity; i-Society

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sat Feb 25 07:01:49 CET 2017


                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 30, No. 779.
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  [1]   From:    Jon Agar <jonagar2000 at HOTMAIL.COM>                        (23)
        Subject: 'The curious history of curiosity-driven research', Wilkins-
                Bernal-Medawar prize lecture, Jon Agar, 4 April 2017, Royal
                Society

  [2]   From:    "David Brown, i-Society 2016" <d.brown at i-society.eu>      (42)
        Subject: Call for Submissions: i-Society 2017 || October 17-19, 2017,
                Dublin, Ireland


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        Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:06:48 +0000
        From: Jon Agar <jonagar2000 at HOTMAIL.COM>
        Subject: 'The curious history of curiosity-driven research', Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar prize lecture, Jon Agar, 4 April 2017, Royal Society


(You are warmly invited to my talk on 4 April 2017. JA)

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The curious history of curiosity-driven research
Prize lecture
Professor Jon Agar, 2016 Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Prize winner
4 April 2017

18:30 - 19:30

Location

The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

  *   View map <https://goo.gl/maps/6LwiSJ2kbF12>
  *   Venue information <https://royalsociety.org/about-us/contact-us/carlton-house-terrace-london>

Overview

Explore the curious place of curiosity in the history of science.

In the early modern period, curiosity was doubled-edged: it was both a virtue, the spring for a “love of truth”, but also the source of human error and even personal corruption. In the 20th century, curiosity had become an apparently uncomplicated motivation. Successful scientists, for example Nobel Prize winners in their lectures and biographies, frequently attributed their first steps into science to a fundamental curiosity, an irrepressible desire to ask the question ‘why?’

The aside made by Albert Einstein in private correspondence in 1952 – “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious” – has now become a meme. Yet in the 20th century, science was shaped by many forces, and the practical utility of science in the real, messy problematic worlds of its formation seem far removed from the seeming innocence of curiosity-driven research.

In this lecture, Professor Agar (Department of Science and Technology Studies <https://www.ucl.ac.uk/sts>, University College London) asks why scientists say they ask ‘why?’, and traces the curious history of the idea of curiosity-driven science.

Attending this event

  *   Free to attend
  *   No registration required
  *   Doors open at 6pm
  *   Seats allocated on a first-come, first-served basis
  *   Travel and accessibility information<https://royalsociety.org/about-us/contact-us/carlton-house-terrace-london>

For all enquiries, please contact events at royalsociety.org.



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        Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:47:21 +0000 (GMT)
        From: "David Brown, i-Society 2016" <d.brown at i-society.eu>
        Subject: Call for Submissions: i-Society 2017 || October 17-19, 2017, Dublin, Ireland


International Conference on Information Society (i-Society 2017)
Technical Co-Sponsored by IEEE UK/RI Computer Chapter
17-19 July, 2017
Dublin, Ireland
www.i-society.eu

*********************************************************************************
The i-Society 2017 is Technical Co-Sponsored by UK/RI Computer
Chapter. The i-Society is a global knowledge-enriched collaborative
effort that has its roots from both academia and industry.
The conference covers a wide spectrum of topics that relate to
information society, which includes technical and non-technical
research areas.

The mission of i-Society 2016 conference is to provide opportunities
for collaboration of professionals and researchers to share existing
and generate new knowledge in the field of information society.
The conference encapsulates the concept of interdisciplinary science
that studies the societal and technological dimensions of knowledge
evolution in digital society. The i-Society bridges the gap between
academia and industry with regards to research collaboration
and awareness of current development in secure information
management in the digital society.

The topics in i-Society 2016 include but are not confined to the
following areas:

[...]

Submission details:
You can submit your research paper online at http://www.i-society.eu/paper-
submission/

Important Dates:
*Extended Abstract (Work in Progress) Submission Date: March 15, 2017
*Notification of Extended Abstract Acceptance / Rejection: March 23, 2017
*Research Paper Submission Date: March 25, 2017
*Notification of Research Paper Acceptance / Rejection: March 31, 2017
*Camera Ready Paper Due: May 30, 2017
*Proposal for Workshops / Tutorials: March 05, 2017
*Notification of Workshop/Tutorials Acceptance / Rejection: March 15, 2017
*Poster / Demo Proposal Submission: March 15, 2017
*Notification of Poster / Demo Acceptance: March 25, 2017
*Early Bird Registration Deadline (Authors and Participants): April 31, 2017
*Late Bird Registration Deadline (Authors only): May 05, 2017
*Late Bird Registration Deadline (Participants only): June 05, 2017
*Conference Dates: July 17-19, 2017

For more details, please visit www.i-society.eu




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