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catherine stinson
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Catherine Stinson, photo by Mishann Lau, www.mishann.com

bio

I am Queen's National Scholar in Philosophical Implications of Artificial Intelligence and Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department and School of Computing at Queen's University, Kingston. I received my PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in History & Philosophy of Science, and a MSc in Computer Science from the University of Toronto. I have published in philosophy of neuroscience (attention, mechanistic explanation), philosophy of psychiatry (anorexia, classification of disorders), philosophy of artificial intelligence (explanation in artificial neural networks, neo-phrenology), and tech policy (data governance, terms of service agreements, AI ethics education). My current research interests include algorithmic bias in recommendation and search, regulation of social media platforms, how diversity affects research, the metaphysics of scientific models, the medicalization of gender, and data science for anti-racist advocacy. I used to make tiny buildings for a collaborative civic engagement project called The Soft City.

teaching

Current Courses
SOCIAL, ETHICAL, AND LEGAL ISSUES IN COMPUTING
Winter 2021, School of Computing, Queen's University
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TOPICS IN PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE: 3rd WAVE AI
Winter 2021, Philosophy Department, Queen's University
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Recent Courses
INTRODUCTION TO THE ETHICS OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Summer 2020, Philosophy Department, University of Bonn
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KINDS, CLASSIFICATION, AND ONTOLOGY
Summer 2020, Philosophy Department, University of Bonn
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academic papers

  1. Algorithms are not neutral: Bias in collaborative filtering
    (under review)
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  2. Algorithms associating appearance and criminality have a dark past
    Aeon. (May 2020)
    AEON WEBSITE
  3. From Implausible Artificial Neurons to Idealized Cognitive Models: Rebooting Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence
    Philosophy of Science (2020)
    PDF PREPRINT JOURNAL WEBSITE
  4. Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Education
    Education for a Changing World. (2020) Future EDge, Issue 2. New South Wales Department of Education.
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  5. The Absent Body in Psychiatric Diagnosis, Treatment, and Research
    Synthese. (2019) Eds. S. Tekin, E. Machery.
    JOURNAL WEBSITE PDF
  6. Healthy Data: Policy solutions for big data and AI innovation in health
    Mowat Centre (December 13, 2018)
    THINK TANK WEBSITE
  7. Explanation and Connectionist Models
    The Routledge Handbook of the Computational Mind. (2018) Eds. M. Colombo, M. Sprevak.
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  8. Mechanistic Explanation in Neuroscience
    (With J. Sullivan.)
    The Routledge Handbook of Mechanisms and Mechanical Philosophy. (2017) Eds. S. Glennan, P. Illari.
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  9. Back to the Cradle: Mechanism Schemata from Piaget to DNA.
    Eppur si muove: Doing History and Philosophy of Science with Peter Machamer. (2017) Eds. M. Adams, Z. Biener, U. Feest, J. Sullivan. Springer.
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  10. Mechanisms in Psychology: Ripping Nature at its Seams
    Synthese (2016).
    JOURNAL WEBSITE PDF
  11. Owning an Overweight or Underweight Body: Distinguishing the Physical, Experienced and Virtual Body
    (With I.V. Piryankova, H.Y. Wong, S.A. Linkenauger, M.R. Longo, H.H. Buelthoff, B.J. Mohler)
    PLOS One. (2014)
    JOURNAL WEBSITE PDF
  12. Searching for the Source of Executive Attention.
    PSYCHE. (2009)
    With commentary by Andy Clark.
    JOURNAL WEBSITE COMMENTARY PDF

other writing

  1. 10 things every voter should care about this election: Artificial Intelligence
    THIS Magazine (Sept/Oct 2019)
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  2. How Climate Change Will Impact Your Region Of Canada
    Chatelaine (June, 2019)
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  3. Tough Love: Consent in Contact Sports in the Age of #metoo
    Chatelaine (February, 2019)
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  4. I read the Terms of Service, so that you don’t have to
    Mowat Centre (December 6, 2018)
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  5. Is my Fungus Going Viral?: Data Privacy in Healthcare
    The Globe and Mail (July 6, 2018)
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  6. Deep Learning: Why it’s Time for AI to get Philosophical
    The Globe and Mail (March 25, 2018)
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  7. Are Women Especially Well-Suited to Science?
    Rotman Institute of Philosophy blog (November 9, 2017)
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