Onora O’Neill on what we don’t understand about trust

Philosopher Onora O’Neill has given a TED talk wherein she re-frames some common suggestions regarding trust.

The aim is to have more trust. Well frankly, I think that’s a stupid aim. It’s not what I would aim at. I would aim to have more trust in the trustworthy but not in the untrustworthy. In fact, I aim positively to try not to trust the untrustworthy. And I think, of those people who, for example, placed their savings with the very aptly named Mr. Madoff, who then made off with them, and I think of them, and I think, well, yes, too much trust. More trust is not an intelligent aim in this life. Intelligently placed and intelligently refused trust is the proper aim.

The talk, and a full transcript of it, can be viewed here.

(Note: This is from September but as I missed it then, some of you may have too!)

New online: “LGBT po-russki”

From a reader, who welcomes help with the project!
We have something to share. We have just started an online project, “LGBT po-russki“. As a response to the Russian government’s anti-gay propaganda law and related outrageous incentives (check this  or this out), we are translating online LGBT resources into Russian to make them more accessible to the Russian community here.The current situation with LGBT rights in Russia keeps deteriorating. Russian media are filled with negative narrative either demonizing LGBT community or describing the inevitable misery of openly gay life (the most likely developments seem to be prison, torture by nationalist groups, or suicide). Most people in Russia do not know anyone who is openly gay, and they rely on the media to form their image of LGBT community.We want to counteract the demonization and martyrization of LGBT people in Russia by providing a positive narrative about alternative sexualities. We want to tell stories that a teenager coming out of the closet could share with their parents and friends, showing them that same-sex relationships and happiness are not mutually exclusive.

We contact you for two reasons. First, to share with you our project and our excitement about it. Second, to ask you to collaborate with us. How? In at least three ways:
A. By spreading the word among people who could be interested in it (you can also help spread the word by liking us on Facebook, following us on Tumblr and Twitter).
B. By putting us in contact with people who could be willing to collaborate with us (we need Russian-speaking volunteers to translate material into Russian, we need ideas, proposals, material,….)
C. By joining us. You can suggest possible material to include in our platform, share your ideas. (email us: lgbtporusski [at] gmail [dot] com)
We would appreciate any form of help. We are passionately invested in this project and full of hope that it can help us change the situation for LGBT people in Russia for better.

Nadya & Saray

CFP 2nd Call: Science, Technology and Gender

It’s a FEMMSS!  It’s a SWIP!  It’s two great tastes that go great together.

Science, Technology, and Gender: Challenges and Opportunities

FEMMSS5/CSWIP 2014: Call for Proposals

Submission deadline February 15, 2014

Submissions are invited for joint meeting of the The Association for Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics, and Science Studies (FEMMSS) and the Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy (CSWIP) to be held at the University of Waterloo, August 10 to 13, 2014.  FEMMSS is a multidisciplinary organization. This conference welcomes submissions from across the disciplines. We invite feminist papers, posters, panels, and workshops related to Science, Technology and Gender.  Conference presentations are eligible for submission for consideration and review in a resulting anthology or special journal issue. Topics can include but need not be limited to:

  1. Challenges to and challenging scientific literacy
  2. Implicit bias and stereotype threat
  3. Creating equitable Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics organizations and institutions
  4. Gender, oppression, and the public understanding of science
  5. Rhetoric, argumentation, and gendered communication
  6. Epistemologies of ignorance
  7. Policy of/for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  8. Intersectionality in practice and study of science and technology
  9. The ethics and politics of science and technology
  10. Science, technology and global justice
  11. Feminist methodologies in the humanities, social and natural sciences
  12. Production of biological “differences”
  13. Feminist scholarship of teaching and learning
  14. Professional development (ex. interdisciplinary communication/ teaching/ research)

Submission instructions

You are permitted one submission, unless you are submitting a poster.  If you are submitting a poster, you can additionally submit an abstract for a paper, panel, or workshop.

To submit please go here and sign up for an account [link updated].  If you have questions, email science.technology.gender at gmail.com.

  • Individual papers and posters:  Please provide a title, 300-word abstract, and 3-10 keywords. At the beginning of the abstract please indicate if your submission is a poster.  There is no need to upload anything, so please tick the box that says, “abstract only.”
  • Panels:  Please provide a title, 300-word abstract, and 3-10 keywords for the panel as a whole.  Also, upload a single document that includes the title and 300-word abstract for each paper. Please take care not to identify authors.
  • Workshops:  Please provide a title, 300-word abstract describing the workshop rationale, and 3-10 keywords.  Also, upload a 300-word description of the activities in which your audience will engage. Please take care not to identify authors.

The call for proposal’s for FEMMSS and CSWIP have slight differences, they can be found CSWIP 2014 and FEMMSS5 CFP.

Dr. Catherine E. Hundleby
Graduate Director and Associate Professor, Philosophy
Cross-appointed to Women’s Studies
Fellow, Centre for Research on Reasoning, Argumentation and Rhetoric: