[lit-ideas] Grice Memorial Lecture

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  • Date: Mon, 14 Oct 2013 10:30:39 -0400 (EDT)

... is given by any philosopher who uses 'implicature' every time he (the  
philosopher, not Grice, who, accidentally -- or is it essentially? -- was 
also a  philosopher) _as_ he lectures.
O. T. O. H., there's the Popper memorial lecture

2013 Popper Memorial Lecture and Reception: Helga Nowotny at  the LSE

Sir Karl Popper Memorial Lecture 


Date: Tuesday 15 October 2013 
Time: 6.30-8pm 
Venue:  Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
Speaker: Professor Helga  Nowotny (ERC and ETH, Zurich)
Chair: Professor John Worrall (LSE)

The  dominant Western narrative tells of a trajectory from fate to taking
destiny  into our own hands. This has induced fantasies of control, the
capability to  shape technology and the depiction of consumer choice as the
ultimate  expression of individual autonomy. Still, the more choices are
available, the  more we feel surrounded by uncertainty; similar to the dark
energy in the  universe. Coping with uncertainty raises questions about the
limits of what  can be predicted. While unprecedented computational power
increases the  amount of data and hence complexity, it promises at the same
time ever more  certainty. Yet the cunning of uncertainty is at work
underneath these forays  into managing complexity. 

Science thrives at the cusp of uncertainty and  its cunning operates in
creative ways. Today, the promises of innovation  dominate the political
agenda, while downplaying the inherent uncertainty and  its forces of
creative destruction. In the social world intervention and  manipulation
cannot be pursued like in an experimental system. The cunning of  
is at work through competition and the strategies to influence  its outcome.
Innovation cannot be planned, but 'trading zones’ offer new  spaces for
negotiating uncertainty. Finally, what about errors and their  propagation,
leading to false certainties? If society is to thrive at the  cusp of
uncertainty, instead of being stifled by it, the openness of the  future and
the degrees of freedom which uncertainty offers need to be  embraced. 

Helga Nowotny is president of the European Research Council  (ERC). She is
professor emerita of Social Studies of Science, ETH Zurich  (Swiss Federal
Institute of Technology). 

For further information on  Sir Karl Popper memorial lectures please visit
The Sir Karl Popper Memorial  Fund. 

We would like to thank the Austrian Cultural Forum for their  support of 

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter  users: #LSEuncertainty 

This event is free and open to all with no ticket  required. Entry is on a
first come, first served basis. For any queries call  020 7955 6043.  

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