SAGE Center Lecture by Michael Strevens
Michael Strevens is Professor of Philosophy at New York University where he teaches philosophy of science. He was born and raised in New Zealand and moved to the United States in 1991 to undertake a Ph.D. at Rutgers University. His academic work is principally concerned with the nature of science, covering topics such as scientific explanation, understanding, complex systems, probability of various sorts, causation, and the social structure of science; he also applies contemporary research in cognitive psychology to explain aspects of both philosophical and scientific thinking. In The Knowledge Machine, a trade book, he explains why science is so successful at creating knowledge and why it took so long for humans to figure out how to do it right.