The Department of Digital + Media
Rhode Island School of Design

D+M Visiting Artist Series: Nina Emery

Nina Emery is an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at Brown University. She received her Ph.D. in philosophy from MIT’s Department of Linguistics and Philosophy and her B.A. in physics and philosophy from Cornell University. Her research takes up questions at the intersection of metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophy of physics. She is interested in the nature of probability, laws, time and space, i.e. those entities that play a role in our best scientific theories, and in the way in which we go about choosing one scientific theory over another. Some specific questions that she has worked on include, “Can there be a chance of something happening if that it’s fully determined that that thing won’t happen?” and “Do we have any reason for thinking that the present time is the only time that exists?” She is currently thinking about whether the manifest image plays a role in scientific theory choice and whether a scientific theory can ever be too crazy to be believed.

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