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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Probabilistic Modelling in Science and Philosophy, 11-12 Oct 2013, Bern, SWITZERLAND

Probabilistic models are all the rage. We find a fascinating variety of 
them in the natural sciences (e.g. random walk and percolation models), in 
the social sciences (e.g. network models) and even in philosophy (e.g. in 
Bayesian epistemology and philosophy of science). But what are 
probabilistic models to begin with, and why are they so successful? How do 
they represent their target systems? What are scope and limitations of 
probabilistic models? Further, what is the meaning of the probabilities 
involved? Are they objective, or do they only reflect the degrees of 
belief of a scientist? The talks of the conference probe the varieties of 
probabilistic models, reflect their scope and limitations, and interpret 
the probabilities in probabilistic models. A particular focus will be on 
probabilistic modeling in climate research.

Confirmed speakers:

Claus Beisbart (Bern, CH)

Seamus Bradley (Munich, DE)

Roman Frigg (London, UK)

Stephan Hartmann (Munich, DE)

Dirk Helbing (Zrich, CH)

Rafaela Hillerbrand (Delft, NL)

Aidan Lyon (College Park, USA)

Margaret Morrison (Toronto, CA)

??endy Parker (Durham, UK)

Christoph Raible (Bern, CH)

Frank Schweitzer (Zrich, CH)

Johanna F. Ziegel (Bern, CH)

Time and place: University of Bern, October 11 ? 12, 2013

Regristration: There is a registration fee of CHF 25 covering 
participation and coffee breaks. Please register until August 31, 2013 at:

More information:

Organizers: Claus Beisbart (Institute for Philosophy, Bern,, Christoph Raible (Oeschger Centre for 
Climate Change Research, Bern, in collaboration 
with Stephan Hartmann (Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy)