Previous Events

Talks are generally 45 minutes each, followed by 15 minutes for questions
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Questions or comments: Jacob Barandes, <lastname>(at)g.harvard.edu (organizer)

Mini-Workshop on QBism and the Interpretation of Quantum Theory (May 25, 2021)
– Christopher Fuchs (University of Massachusetts Boston): “QBism and the Philosophers"
Jacques Pienaar (University of Massachusetts Boston): “Challenges to Defining a QBist Ontology”
Chris Timpson (Oxford): “QBism, Ontology, and Explanation”


Mini-Workshop on Infinities and Idealizations (April 27, 2021)
– Patricia Palacios (Salzburg): “The Paradox of Infinite Limits: A Realist Response”
– Elay Shech (Auburn): “Scientific Understanding, Modal Reasoning, and (Infinite) Idealization”
– Samuel Fletcher (Minnesota): “Emergence, Explanation, and (Infinite) Idealization”


Mini-Workshop on Naturalness and Renormalization (March 30, 2021)
Arianna Borrelli (Leuphana University Lüneburg): “An Argument for All Seasons: Naturalness and the Hierarchy Problem as Flexible Heuristic Tools in High Energy Physics”
Alexander Franklin (King’s College London): “Emergence, Autonomy, and Naturalness”
Joshua Rosaler (RWTH Aachen University): “Dogmas of Effective Field Theory: Fundamental Parameters, Scheme Dependence, and the Many Faces of the Higgs Naturalness Principle”


Mini-Workshop on Structural Realism (February 16, 2021)
James Ladyman (Bristol): “What is Ontic Structural Realism?”
Kerry McKenzie (UCSD): “Structuralism as a Stance”
Emily Adlam (Western Ontario): “Generalized Probabilistic Theories as Structural Realism”


Mini-Workshop on Black Holes (January 19, 2021)
Erik Curiel (LMU Munich): “Singularities in Classical and Semi-Classical Gravity—Theory Failure or New Physics?”
Mina Himwich (Harvard): “Illuminating Black Holes”
Lydia Patton (Virginia Tech): “Theories and Parameters: Building a Testing Framework for Black Hole Astronomy”


Mini-Workshop on Probability and Undecidability (December 15, 2020)
Snow Xueyin Zhang (Princeton): “The Borel-Kolmogorov Paradox as a Paradox for Physical Chance”
Klaas Landsman (Radboud University Nijmegen): “Determinism and Undecidability: You Can’t Eat Your Cake and Have it Too”
Markus Müller (Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information): “The Room in the Elephant: From Undecidability as Undifferentiation to Physics Without a World”


Mini-Workshop on the History of Quantum Foundations (November 17, 2020)
Adam Becker: “ ‘Not Merely False, but Foolish’: The History of Bell’s Two Theorems”
Elise Crull (CCNY): “Grete Hermann’s Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics”
Chris Mitsch (UC Irvine): “Von Neumann’s Axiomatic Completion of Quantum Mechanics”


Mini-Workshop on Causation (October 22, 2020)
Holly Andersen (Simon Fraser): “Causation is to Information as Work is to Energy”
Matthew Leifer (Chapman): “Block Universe Ontological Models: A Framework for Theories with Retrocausality”
Eric Cavalcanti (Griffith): “Implications of Wigner’s Friend Paradox for Quantum Causality”


Mini-Workshop on the Foundations of Spacetime (September 22, 2020)
Alyssa Ney (UC Davis): “From Quantum Entanglement to Spatiotemporal Distance”
Eleanor Knox (King’s College London): “How to be a Spacetime Functionalist”
Karen Crowther (Oslo): “Principles of Quantum Gravity”


Mini-Workshop on the Many Worlds of Everettian Quantum Theory (August 18, 2020)
Sean Carroll (Caltech): “Mad-Dog Everettianism”
David Albert (Columbia): “Worries About Accounts of Probability in Everettian Understandings of Quantum Mechanics”


Mini-Workshop on the Foundations of Thermodynamics (July 15, 2020)
Orly Shenker (Hebrew University of Jerusalem): “Is Everything Physical? The Entropy of Computation and the Computational Theory of Mind”
Katie Robertson (Birmingham): “In Search of the Holy Grail: How to Reduce the Second Law of Thermodynamics”
Eddy Keming Chen (UC San Diego): “Nomic Vagueness, the Past Hypothesis, and Time’s Arrow in a Quantum Universe”


Mini-Workshop on the Meaning of the Wave Function (June 15, 2020)
Valia Allori (Northern Illinois): “The Wavefunction is as the Wavefunction Does”
David Wallace (Pittsburgh): “A Critique of Wave-Function Realism”
Nina Emery (Mount Holyoke and UMass Amherst): “The Governing Conception of the Wavefunction”


Mini-Workshop on the Foundations of Quantum Field Theory (May 15, 2020)
Chip Sebens (Caltech): “Electron Spin and Field Quantization”
Jacob Barandes (Harvard): “How Quantum or Field-Theoretic is Quantum Field Theory?”
Noel Swanson (Delaware): “CPT, Spin-Statistics, and Non-Causal Explanation”