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I have started reconstructing my webpage. You find the new version here:
Pelle Guldborg Hansen's Academic Homepage
Welcome to my Academic Homepage. This comprises the usual stuff you would expect to find: my research interest, curriculum vitae, list of publications, and contact info.
However, since I think the conventions governing the format of academic homepages tend to make such pages quite dull, I have also tried to include various items of more general interest on this frontpage.
I hope that whatever you find here, you will find intersting.
Pelle Guldborg Hansen
A bit about myself
My name is Pelle Guldborg Hansen and I'm 33 years old. In 2010 I gained my PhD. in Philosophy from Roskilde University in Denmark under the supervision of Prof. Vincent F. Hendricks.
Immediately after gaining my PhD degree, I was accepted as Co-Director of ISSP - Initiative for Science, Society & Policy - at the University of Southern Denmark.
However, since I really love teaching and has been gifted with some very bright students I have remained at Roskilde University as External Lecturer teaching in my core research area: game theory from philosophical point of view.
If you think this description about myself is a bit too impersonal and too focused on my work there is a straight-forward reason for this. Philosophy is an integral part of my personality and whatever I do privately, I like to keep to myself. I'm willing to convey though, that I have a beautiful wife and a fantastic 6 year old son Joseph-Maria.
Well, if I could have choose otherwise, I would. Being a philosopher is neither good for your personal life, your finances or your mental well-being. But unfortunately, you don't choose to become a philosopher - especially, if you like I believe that we don't make any choices at all in the 'common sense' of the word "to choose".
This position may strike you as weird. Especially, when I tell you that one of my research areas is "Decision Theory"! How can one become interested in decision theory, if one doesn't believe that there are any decisions to be made?
Well, that's a longer story; but I've always had a profound interest in finding out why people act and behave as they do... and especially, why people's own accounts of why they do what they do as well as what they do, doesn't fit with what they actually do!
This question ultimately becomes a philosophical one, when you find out that the scientific communities do not even agree as to what would constitute a correct explanation of our behavior. Doing research into this question has me gained me a title as "behavioral philosopher".
November 5: Reasoning about coordination at LogKCA-10 in San Sebastian
Of course Windows had to crash my laptop as soon as I arrived in San Sebastian. When it finally came back from the repairshop I only had a couple of hours to prepare my talk. Though it was not fun at all, it ultimately resulted in a more accesible presentation of my ideas on Reasoning about coordination in the problem of conceptualization which was very well received.
October 29: "When the death makes you smoke"
After some consideration and some research into the topic, I decided to accept an invitation to discuss a study on smoking with the ruling party's drafts(wo)am on health-related issues on national radio's "P1 - Morning". You may listen to the debate here.
October 14: Punk, Common Knowledge & Public Space
I think I made a fairly successful appearance at "Filosåpunk!", Stengade 30. The topic of my choice: Common knowledge and Public Space. You may read much more about this in my coming book written together with Prof. Vincent F. Hendricks.
October 7: Now appearing as political commentator!
Believe it or not - this morning I made my first appearance as political commentator. And I didn't make a modest beginning. No, I appeared on the Morning Show with former minister Hans Engell analysing the "top-meeting" betwen the prime-minister and the leader of the opposition. Watch it here.
October 5: Appearance on national television
This evening I appeared on national television show "Kontant" where I ran a non-scientific experiment based on the Dollar Auction. To prevent the audience from falling asleep I brought my friend and collegaue Vincent F. Hendricks.
October 1: "Reasoning about Coordination in the Problem of Conceptualization"
Finally, I finished the final version of my paper for LogCKA 2010, San Sebastian. The telling title ended with the above. Now I'm just looking forward to seeing Eric Rast & Co. again - this time in the beautiful city of San Sebastian.
September 17: Negligent Rape & Reasonable Beliefs
Thanks to Rasmus Rendsvig for giving our abstract for the Criminalization conference in UK the final touch. Now we just have to cross our fingers and wait for December 1.
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January 20: Social Software directors Vincent and I give a critical analysis of political "duels" in the media
Lately Danish national television has featured a series of highly profiled political "TV-duels". In this analysis Vincent and I give attention to some critical aspects of such duels from an epistemological point of view. Read it online here.
January 5: Another comment on political debates in the media
The new year quickly had the behavioral philosopher appear with a comment on why voters always thinks their candidate performed best in a TV debate. Read it here.
December 20: Social Software - in the games of life, at Computer Science
It was indeed a great pleasure to give a Christmas outreach lecture on Social Software at Computer Science, Roskilde University yesterday. Contrary to my fears, the scientists there were quite friendly, good-spirited and neither lacked social or humoristic skills.
December 14: The behavioral philosopher comments on political TV-duel once again
Given the current state of Danish political debate-culture it wasn't off the mark to have the behavioral philosopher appear once again as a political commentator. This time the focus was especially on the hitherto unprecedented extensive use of invalid arguments and the many attempts of manipulation undertaken by the Danish prime-minister. Watch it here.
November 26: The behavioral philosopher returns as political commentator
After a night-out with fellow philosophers from Copenhagen and Lund, I appeared again as a behavioral philosopher and political commentator in the early hours on the TV2 GoodMorning Denmark show. The topic was the deabte between leader of the opposition Helle Thorning-Schmidt and right-wing party leader Pia Kjærsgaard. Despite being presented with the wrong clips from the TV duel and having had too little sleep and too many hangovers, I succeeded in pointing some of the interesting points out. Watch it here.
November 25: Pluralistic Ignorance - rational or irrational?
In the first of a series of four workshops on social epistemology organized by University of Copenhagen (DK) and University of Lund (Sw), I gave a talk discussing whether pluralistic ignorance is a phenomenon of epistemic rationality or irrationality. In particular, I called attention to a series of crucial details in the phenomenon of pluralistic ignorance usually ignored in the literature. Fortunately, despite of my confused presentation, the skilled audience could follow most of my points and seemed to find them very interesting.
November 11: International review of economics
Finally handed in the final version of a paper written together with David Rojo Arjona (UEA). The paper looks really good and it was great to collaborate with David, so it's just a matter of time before we start up writing the next.