The WPA began as an informal alumni society for the Department of Philosophy at the University of Windsor. Shortly after the inception of the WPA it became a loose knit association of alumni from the department of philosophy, philosophers located in Windsor, and generally friends of philosophy within the region. This more general association was intended to be an open group that supports the development of a critical community of the philosophically minded within the region. The WPA supported both student and independent scholarship and encourages philosophers to bring their research beyond the bounds of the university and into the public sphere.
In May of 2013, the WPA transformed again into the WP(A)A, a registered Non-Profit Corporation and Charitable Organization in Ontario. The notion behind this latest transformation is to establish a non-profit artist organization (akin to Artcite, Windsor) dedicated to supporting independent philosophical scholarship and philosophers intervention events within the greater Windsor region.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Dr. Frank Zenker (Philosophy and Cognitive Science Lund University, Sweden), "The Four-fold Path to De-Biasing: Motivation, Cognition, Technology, Error-avoidance"

Hello all, this came across my desk today.  Dr. Frank Zenker is an engaging speaker and this topic may be of some interest:

(Center for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation & Rhetoric)

The Four-fold Path to De-Biasing:
Motivation, Cognition, Technology, Error-avoidance

Dr. Frank Zenker
Philosophy and Cognitive Science
Lund University, Sweden

         We suggest that effective critical thinking instruction must simultaneously address aspects of cognition, motivation, and technology as well as error-avoidance in ways that bear stronger resemblances to personalized medicine than to the currently typical forms of university level teaching. We briefly review the case for ameliorative prescriptive intervention and provide an explanation-sketch for the rise and current popularity of late 20th-century research in psychology and cognitive science on heuristics and biases in human decision-making and choice. Introducing some useful analytical distinctions, we turn to the mixed empirical results on the effectiveness of select de-biasing techniques, identify some reasons why this research has so far not delivered, and make brief methodological comments. The talk offers a positive forward-looking view based in an improved understanding why an important topic such as de-biasing has remained incomparably less well studied, and has produced far fewer “neat” results, than the regular experimental demonstration of allegedly ubiquitous human biases lead one to expect.


Dr. Lori Buchanan               
University of Windsor

Dr. Andrew Allen
University of Windsor

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
CRRAR Seminar Room
Essex Hall, rm. 209
4:00 p.m.

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