Yesterday, with a colleague, I had a 1-hour exam prep and summary session with students in "Philosophy of science and research methods".
Thursday, 23 November 2017
This week an application for a 1 year renewal of the program area for research in welfare services, headed by Siv Oltedal, was submitted at University of Stavanger, with me (recently) included as one of the researchers.
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
I have just sent a chronicle, (somewhat) co-written with Lars Lenth and Petter Bøckman, to Aftenposten, entitled "Vi må snakke om ulven" [Ww have to talk about the wolf].
Monday morning I got my copy of our book Ulvetider - rovdyret som splitter Norge [Time of the wolf - the predator that splits Norway].
Sunday, 19 November 2017
The last few days, with a colleague, I have composed exam questions for the home exam in MEE140 (Philosophy of science and research methods).
My paper "The search image as link between sensation, perception and action", published in BioSystems November 4th, is now available online with corrected proofs.
My article "Existential universals: Biosemiosis and existential semiosis" has just been published in no. 4, 2017 of Chinese Semiotic Studies, in the section "Biosemiotics and philosophy of science" (along with a paper by the late Eliseo Fernández).
Tønnessen, Morten 2017i. Existential universals: Biosemiosis and existential semiosis. Chinese Semiotic Studies 13(4): 381–398. Published online November 16th 2017. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515/css-2017-0022.
Friday, 17 November 2017
Wednesday, 15 November 2017
I have given an Ex.Phil. seminar today, and one yesterday, plus two Monday, when I also gave the 12th lecture. This concludes my teaching in Ex.Phil. this autumn. This week´s teaching included summary, course in academic writing, and trial Multiple Choice exam.
Tuesday, 14 November 2017
This weekend I drafted the chronicle "Et etisk blikk på ulvesaken" [An ethical look at the wolf issue], co-authored with Kristian Ellingsen-Dalskau, secretary of Norway´s Council for animal ethics. I sign as chair of Minding Animals Norway. Forthcoming in the daily Nationen.
Monday, 13 November 2017
Today I have composed exam questions for the Multiple Choice exam next Monday in Department of social studies´ Examen Philosophicum.
Friday, 10 November 2017
I have just proof-read my article "The search image as link between sensation, perception and action", to appear in BioSystems as part of a special issue on code biology.
Thursday, 9 November 2017
I have just been to a meeting with two fellow UiS philosophers and the deans of Faculty of social sciences and Faculty of education and humanities, as a follow-up to our document sent this Spring on the organization of the philosophers and (mainly) our teaching offer.
Today I have attended parts of the master students´ research seminar at Department of social studies, including the presentation of the plans for the master thesis of Linn Tjøtta, whom I am supervising.
Wednesday, 8 November 2017
My article "The search image as link between sensation, perception and action" has now been published online in a pre-proof version.
Tønnessen, Morten 2017. The search image as link between sensation, perception and action. DOI: 10.1016/j.biosystems.2017.10.016. First available online November 4th 2017.
Tuesday, 7 November 2017
Today I have been teaching for 3 hours for the MEES class, and taken part at an open event organized by the MEES linjeforening and the NGO Spire, "Understanding Arctic Oil". This was a great event, and featured presentations by myself ("University politics, academic activism and vested interests") plus three others, including Oluf Langhelle. Perhaps 80 people attended.
My 3 hours of teaching in "Philosophy of science and research methods" - one hour with teacher presentations on biosemiotics and zoosemiotics, and 2 hours of student presentations on similar themes - concludes the teaching of this course.
Monday, 6 November 2017
Today I attended a meeting with some of the UiS philosophers in preparation of our meeting with the deans of Faculty of social sciences and Faculty of education and humanities later this week.
Today I gave the 11th Ex. Phil. lecture this autumn. The topic was Michael Polanyi´s thoughts on tacit knowledge.
Friday, 3 November 2017
The last week or so I have carried out minor revisions of three course descriptions valid for the academic year 2018-19.
Thursday, 2 November 2017
Juha Ojala, professor of music education, has joined the board of the Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies as Supplementary Representative for Finland - see full board at our webpage.
Wednesday, 1 November 2017
Today I gave the fourth Ex.Phil. seminar this week. This concludes this week´s 14 hours of teaching, and 20 out of 24 Ex.Phil. seminars this semester.
I have been notified that my article "The search image as link between sensation, perception and action" has been accepted for publication in BioSystems´ special issue in code biology.
In the round of revisions, I made this figure illustrating the workings of search images, on request by a peer-reviewer: