Texas Tech University

Philosophy Talks 2023-24

Fall 2023 Speaker Series

Miriam Schoenfield (University of Texas, Austin)

Department Colloquium: Why I'm not a Boltzmann Brain [Joint work with Sinan Dogramaci]
Friday, September 22nd, 4:00-6:00 pm

ENG/PHIL 264

Abstract: If the universe is big enough, or exists long enough, it is nearly certain that the universe's full history includes enormous numbers of short-lived brains, having experiences just like mine, but that came into existence through the random interactions of particles. Some have taken the existence of these “Boltzmann Brains” to raise a skeptical challenge: If most of the brains having experiences like mine are of the Boltzmann variety, aren't I most likely one of them? In this paper we offer a Bayesian solution to this challenge.

Zara Amdur (Texas Tech University)


Department Colloquium: TBA
Friday, November 3rd, 4:00-6:00 pm

Abstract: TBA  

Angela Curran (Texas Tech University)

Department Colloquium: TBA
Friday, December 1st, 4:00-6:00 pm

Abstract: TBA  

 

Spring 2024 Speaker Series

Sahar Fard (Ohio State University)

Department Colloquium: TBA
Friday, February 2nd, 4:00-6:00 pm

Abstract: TBA

Sarah Buss (University of Michigan)

Department Colloquium: TBA
Friday, March 1st, 4:00-6:00 pm

Abstract: TBA

Adam Pautz (Brown University)

Department Colloquium: TBA
Friday, April 12th, 4:00-6:00 pm

Abstract: TBA

Department of Philosophy