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Event Name:Philosophy of Scientific Experimentation 6: Uncertainty in Experimental Contexts
Event Type(s):Event

PSX6 continues the exploration of previous PSX meetings into the roles played by experimentation in science, focusing this time on uncertainty in experimental contexts.

Event Date:10/15/2021 - 10/16/2021
Event Time:9:00 AM - 5:30 PM Central
Location:Saint Louis University, Il Monastero Center
3050 Olive St.
Saint Louis, MO 63103

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Details:Venue: Saint Louis University, Il Monastero Center, 3050 Olive St., St. Louis, MO, 63103 USA
Dates: October 15-16, 2021

PSX6 will be a hybrid conference. Some papers will be presented in person and others via Zoom. In person presentations will be streamed via Zoom. If you wish to attend in person or to participate on line, please help us plan amidst all the uncertainty by contacting Kent Staley at

Friday, October 15
9:00                 Coffee, welcoming remarks
9:30                 Stephan Guttinger (Center for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, London School of Economics)
                        “Experimental control and the idea of certainty”
10:15               Sofia Blanco Sequeiros and Luis Mireles-Flores (Center for Philosophy of Social Science, University of Helsinki)
                        “Evaluating Uncertainty in Experimental Results with ‘External Validity’”
11:00               Coffee Break
11:15               Michael Stöltzner (Philosophy, University of South Carolina) and Peter Mättig (Physics, University of Bonn)
                        “What Motivates the Search for Signatures in Particle Physics?”
12:00               Ronald Laymon (Philosophy, The Ohio State University)
                        “Experimental Strategies for The Minimization and Quantification of Uncertainty”
12:45 – 2:30    Lunch
2:30                 Keynote: Eran Tal, (Philosophy, McGill University)
3:30                 Ioan Muntean (Philosophy, University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley & Old Dominion University)
                        “Autonomy and Intelligence of Artificial Agents: Between Experimentation and Simulation”
4:15                 Coffee Break
4:30                 Suzanne Kawamleh (Department of Philosophy, Indiana University)
                        “The (Climate) Data Revolution: How Machine Learning Methods Impact Climate Model Uncertainty Assessment”
5:15                 Meghan Page (Philosophy, Loyola University Maryland)
                        “Can Two Uncertainties Make a Data-Set?: Reflections on the use of Proxy Measurements in Climate Science”
Saturday, October 16
 9:30                 Uljana Feest (Institute for Philosophy, Leibniz University of Hannover)
                        “Experimental Artifacts and the Investigative Process in Psychology”
10:15               Genco Guralp (Philosophy, San Diego State University)
                        “Systematic Uncertainty and Robustness in the Discovery of the Accelerating Universe”
11:00               Coffee Break
11:15               Vitaly Pronskikh (Accelerator Physics Center, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory)
                        “Experimentation and Systematic Uncertainty: A Theoretical-Operational Model”
12:00               Alisa Bokulich (Philosophy, Boston University)
                        “Managing Uncertainty in Radiometric Dating”
12:45 – 2:30    Lunch
2:30                 Keynote: Elizabeth Haswell (Biology, Washington University)
3:30                 Evan Arnet (History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine, Indiana University)
                        “Experimental Traditions and Generative Uncertainty: The Case of Scorpion Suicide”
4:15                 Coffee Break
4:30                 Samuel Fletcher (Philosophy, University of Minnesota)
                        “Replication Is for Meta-analysis”
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