Proposed Scientific Program for “The Truth is the Whole”

Proposed Scientific Program for The Truth is the Whole
DRAFT, 5/07/2015

Friday, May 22, 2015
Francois Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center, Room G-12, HSPH,
651 Huntington Avenue, Longwood Medical Area, Boston 02115

8:00-8:30 Breakfast

8:30-8:45 Welcome – Tamara Awerbuch

8:45-10:30 Against Reductionism in Public Health Science, Part I

The dynamics and statics of human health and disease:
Population biology meets medicine – Steven Orzack

Complexity and causal thinking in population health sciences:
How does the social get under the skin? – Sandro Galea

Neoliberal Ebola: Agroeconomic determinism and epizootic stochasticity
– Robert G. and Rodrick Wallace

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-12:30 Theoretical Approaches to Social Behavior

The centripetal force of community: An analytical framework for
studying human adaptation of space-time allocation to changing environments
– Harish Padmanabha et al.

Changing science in heterogeneous environments – Peter Taylor

From ecology to management: Applying population & disease dynamics concepts
to promote peaceful and equitable workplaces – Brian Rubineau

12:30-2:00 Lunch

2:00-3:30 Political Economy and Agriculture

Agriculture, class, and the cost of food: What do we think about the Industrial Revolution? – Doug Boucher

The dialectics of agroecosystem transformation – John Vandermeer

Let’s play Azteca!: Linking the theory and practice of agroecology through gaming – Ivette Perfecto

3:30-4:00 Break

4:00-5:00 Against Reductionism in Public Health Science, Part II

Capitalism feeds malaria transmission:
The dialectics of bednet “use” in sub-Saharan Africa – Luis Fernando Chaves

“Neurodevelopmental disorder” as a reductionist, idealist abstraction – Martha Herbert

Saturday, May 23, 2015
Francois Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center, Room G-12, HSPH,
651 Huntington Avenue, Longwood Medical Area, Boston 02115

8:00-8:30 Breakfast

8:30-10:30 Topics in Ecology and Evolution

Ecological skeletons: Excavating the bare bones of community structure using loop analysis – Patricia Lane

The dialectics of biospheric evolution – David Schwartzman

The dialectic of organism and environment – Dick Lewontin

Dialectics and Marxism in the Neo-Lamarckian theories,
A criticism of Neo-Darwinian fetishism – Julio Muñoz-Rubio

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-12:30 Organizing for Public Health

Thinking like a revolutionary and organizing for public health:
The contributions of Dick Levins – Martha Livingston

Popular power and environmental governance:
The Cuban approach to natural hazards and disaster risk reduction
– Javier André Sandoval Guzmán

Health policy and political power – Steffie Woolhandler

12:30-2:00 Lunch

2:00-4:00 On Finding Truth; other topics

Finding the truth at the intersection of independent lies – Michael Weisberg

The terms we use to describe ourselves, our opinions and our theories often impede the solutions to the crises we face – David Bruck

Understanding how local institutions affect female smallholder farmers’ access to land resources and household food security in the semi-arid region of Kenya – June Po

Applying a Dick Levins concept to solving climate change – Jonathan Latham

4:00-6:00 Free time

6:00-9:00 Dinner, cultural program, and testimonials
Harvard Dental School atrium (very close to HSPH)
188 Longwood Avenue (near Palace Lot, across from MCPHS University)