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Thursday, 23 November 2017

MEE140 exam prep session

Yesterday, with a colleague, I had a 1-hour exam prep and summary session with students in "Philosophy of science and research methods".

Welfare research - program area application

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

Wolf chronicle composed

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

MEE140 exam questions composed

The last few days, with a colleague, I have composed exam questions for the home exam in MEE140 (Philosophy of science and research methods).

Search image paper online with coccected proofs

My paper "The search image as link between sensation, perception and action", published in BioSystems November 4th, is now available online with corrected proofs.

"Existential universals" published

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:

Friday, 17 November 2017

Home exam questions composed

Today, with input and feedback from a colleague, I have composed home exam questions for Ex.Phil.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

10 hours of teaching in Ex.Phil.

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

Chronicle on ethics of wolf issue

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

MC exam questions composed

Today I have composed exam questions for the Multiple Choice exam next Monday in Department of social studies´ Examen Philosophicum.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Search image paper proof-read

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

Meeting with deans and fellow philosophers

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.

Master students´ research seminar attended

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

Search image paper already available online

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

3 hours of teaching and presentation at MEES & Spire event "Understanding Arctic Oil"

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.

228 Google Scholar citations

According to my verified profile at Google Scholar, I have now been cited 228 times. This is up 16 from the October 10th count. This includes 45 citations in 2015, 58 in 2016 and 29 in 2017.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Philosophers meeting

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.

11th lecture - on tacit knowledge

Today I gave the 11th Ex. Phil. lecture this autumn. The topic was Michael Polanyi´s thoughts on tacit knowledge.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Juha Ojala joins NASS board

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.

Environmental humanities lunch

Today, for the second time, I attended a Greenhouse lunch at UiS.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

20th Ex.Phil. seminar, 14 hours teaching this week

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.

Fourth and last research methods seminar for MEES

Today I have given the fourth seminar in research methods for the MEES class.

Search image article accepted for publication in BioSystems

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: