Thursday, May 10th

9:00-12:30 – Non-human behaviour and typology of behaviors

  • Clint Kelly (Department of Biological Sciences, UQAM)
    The legacy and future of Tinbergen’s four questions
  • Wayne Sossin (Department of Neurosurgery and Neurology, and Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, McGill University)
    Can one understand ‘behaviour’ at the molecular level? Experiences from the simple model system of aplysia
  • Eric Muszynski & Christophe Malaterre (Department of Philosophy, UQAM)
    Best behaviour: a proposal for a non-binary conceptualization of behaviour in biology
  • James Cahill (Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta)
    Brainless behaviour:  experiments in plant behavioural ecology

12:30-14:00 – Lunch buffet (for speakers and registered attendees)

14:00-15:30 – Human behaviour, proximal and distal explanation

  • Luc FaucherPierre Poirier (Department of Philosophy, UQAM)
    A New Hope: a better ICM to explain the biosocial construction of human realities
  • Eric Turkheimer & Lucas Matthews (Department of Psychology, University of Virginia)
    Across the great divide: connecting distal genetic causes and complex human behavior

18:00 – Conference dinner

Friday, May 11th

9:00-12:30 – Behaviour of collectives and integration questions

  • Simon Reader (Department of Biology, McGill University)
    Why mechanisms matter in the evolution of behaviour: debates on social learning
  • Emma Despland (Department of Biology, Concordia University)
    The ‘how’ and ‘why’ of collective locomotion in social caterpillars
  • Helen E. Longino (Department of Philosophy, Stanford University)
    Scaling up; scaling down: What’s missing?
  • Eric Hochstein (Department of Philosophy, University of Victoria)
    Learning the right lessons from ontic theories of explanation

12:30-13:30 – Lunch buffet (for speakers and registered attendees)

13:30-15:00 – Human behaviour, intentionality and gender

  • Colin Allen (Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh)
    A place for intentional explanation?
  • Esther Rosario & Ingo Brigandt (Department of Philosophy, University of Alberta)
    Scrutinizing gender based brain studies and epigenetic approaches to psychiatric conditions

Information for presenters

Presentations should last 30 minutes, followed by a 15-minute question period.

There will be a PC computer and a projector available for presentation slides. If you would like to use the local computer, please bring your presentation on a USB drive or make it available online, and plan to arrive early in order to make sure everything is ready for your presentation. If you wish to use your own laptop, make sure you can connect to VGA, or bring your own adapter.

Lunches will be provided. All presenters are invited to dinner at a restaurant on Thursday evening.