The meeting is a joint one between the History of Science Society (HSS), Philosophy of Science Association (PSA) and the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) and is this probably the largest collection of science studies people in the continent. Anyone who is anyone is here. Interestingly, I haven’t been able to locate any of the “philosophers” from the Discovery Institute (which after all isn’t that far from Vancouver) … gee, I wonder why. The closest I’ve come to brushing with such intellectual greatness is to note that Steve Fuller (of Kitzmiller fame) gave a talk (for the 4S) titled “From the Spirit of Capitalism to the Capital of Spiritualism: The Discovery Institute as a Neo-Liberal Institute for Our Times”. Unfortunately this was given yesterday morning while I was en route to Vancouver so I haven’t a clue what pomo ravings were featured.
You can imagine John Wilkins’ exclamation when I showed him the talk title.