FilMat international conference

The new-born FilMat italian network for the philosophy of mathematics announces its first international conference on the topic “Philosophy of Mathematics: objectivity, cognition, and proof”. The conference will take place at San Raffaele University, Milan, on 29-31 May 2014.

The FilMat — of which I am proud to be a member — was created few months ago by a group of Italian scholars in philosophy of mathematics , originally met at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa at the 2012 conference “Philosophy of Mathematics: from Logic to Practice”, and aims to foster the gathering of scholars working either in Italy or abroad on the philosophy of mathematics and strictly related fields, with special attention to those at early stages of their careers.

Here you can find the FilMat’s website. Here is the link to the call for abstracts for the 2014 international conference.

Turkeys, swans and groups

Everybody knows the story of the turkey appearing in the title of this blog: on his first day at the farm, a turkey observed he was fed at 9:00 a.m., and the same happened the following day, and the following, and the following again, and so on. Day by day he collected a large number of observations, under the most different circumstances. Every day, were it cold or warm, rainy or sunny, winter or spring, he was fed at 9:00 a.m. He was a good logician, thus he concluded: “I am always fed at 9:00 a.m.”. Well, the day after it was Thanksgiving and he had his throat cut. Continue reading