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Seminars, Conference Presentations, & Other Talks

Seminar & Conference Presentations
  1. I'm glad it's over, but should I be? A puzzle about privileging future hedonic states (later changed to A better life or a better future? Calling out our bias against the past), New Zealand Association of Philosophy Conference, University of Waikato, 2 December 2016. Programme. Sides.
  2. Privileging our future hedonic states, the 1st annual Australasian Experimental Philosophy workshop (AXΦI), Victoria University of Wellington, 9 September 2016. Flyer. PPT.
  3. A solution to a puzzle about the badness of death: Satisfying the strict existence requirement, University of Waikato Philosophy Seminar Series, 1 September 2016. Flyer. PPT.
  4. Happiness: It’s not for everyone, Fall 2014 – Spring 2015 Center for Practical and Professional Ethics Speaker Series, California State University, Sacramento, One World 2015 Faculty Panel, 12 May 2015. Video.
  5. What I think when I think about happiness, California State University, Sacramento, One World 2015 Faculty Panel, 21 April 2015. Flyer. Click here for ppt.
  6. Are philosophers happy, and does philosophy make them happy?, University of California, Merced, Mind, Technology, and Society Talk Series, 9 March 2015. Video. Abstract.
  7. The Future of Happiness: Or what is good for beings that can change themselves? Hamilton College, New york, 2nd International Conference on Wellbeing and Public Policy, 11 June 2014. Click here for the ppt.
  8. What is good for us and how can we know?, California State University, Sacramento, Philosophy Department Public Seminar, 28 February 2014. (This seminar is somewhat different to the seminar below). Click here for the ppt.
  9. What is good for us and how can we know?, Victoria University of Wellington Philosophy Programme Seminar Series, 24 February 2014. Click here for the ppt.
  10. Prediction Markets and Betting on Matters of Life and Death: When Repugnance is Misguided, Victoria University of Wellington Philosophy Programme Seminar Series, 18 July 2013. Click here for ppt.
  11. Making a Killing: The Ethics of Predicting Terrorism with Markets, Victoria University of Wellington, Australasian Association of Philosophy (New Zealand Division) Annual Conference, December 2012. Click here for ppt.
  12. Happiness & Wellbeing, Job Talk, Massey University, Albany Campus, 6 June 2012. Click here for ppt.
  13. Would You Plug into the Experience Machine?, Victoria University of Wellington Philosophy Programme Seminar Series, 24 May 2012. Click here for ppt.
  14. The Experience Machine is Dead, Long Live the Experience Machine!, University of Otago, Australasian Association of Philosophy Annual Conference, July 2011. Click here for ppt.
  15. Optimistic Naturalism: Scientific Advancement and the Meaning of Life, Victoria University of Wellington Philosophy Programme Seminar Series, 22 July 2010. Click here for the ppt.
  16. (With Dr David Eng) Sharing the Responsibility of Dealing with Climate Change: Interpreting the Principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities at the Copenhagen 2009: issues, Options, Outlooks and Outcomes seminar series in Wellington, 16 December 2009. Click here for the ppt. Note that this presentation is slightly different from the one below.
  17. (With Dr David Eng) Sharing the responsibility of dealing with climate change: Interpreting the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities. The Ethical Foundations of Public Policy (Protecting the Global Commons stream), Victoria University of Wellington, 10 December 2009. Click here for the ppt.
  18. Defining Pleasure for Hedonism: Lessons from Science, University of Melbourne, Australasian Association of Philosophy Annual Conference, July 2009. Click here for ppt.
  19. The Experience Machine Revisited, Victoria University of Wellington Philosophy Programme Seminar Series, 10 July 2008. Click here for ppt.
  20. Hedonism, False Pleasures and the Role of Intuitions in Assessing Theories of Well-Being, University of Auckland, Australasian Association of Philosophy (New Zealand Division) Annual Conference, 3 December 2007. Click here for ppt.
Panels and Commentaries
  1. Official Commentator on Sherif Girgis's: What is marriage? Man and woman: A defense, California State University, Sacramento, Symposium on Marriage in a Liberal Democracy, 25 April 2016.
  2. Official Commentator on Ryan Howell's: Happiness for sale: How money buys happiness (and why people don't buy it), California State University, Sacramento, Nammour Symposium, 9 April 2015. Flyer. Video.
  3. Designated commentator on Garrett Cullity's paper (Acts, Omissions, Emissions) at the Ethics of Climate Change workshop at Victoria University of Wellington, 3 October 2011. Click here for my comments.

Presentations to Professional Groups
  1. Living Standards, Well-being, and Public Policy to the New Zealand Treasury, 14 October 2016. Click here for ppt.
  2. Wellbeing and Measures of Subjective Wellbeing, presentation to the wellbeing group at Statistics New Zealand, December 2011. Click here for the ppt.

Public Talks
  1. Can We Trust Our Moral Common Sense? 1-hour talk to High School students at Rio Americano, 4 December 2015.
  2. Can We Trust Our Moral Common Sense? 1-hour talk to High School students at Rio Americano, 3 October 2014.
  3. I participated in a roundtable discussion of the interactive art project, Mood Bank, 20 March 2014. Link
  4. Introduction to Philosophy, 2 short lectures to prospective students during 'Study @ Vic Day', August 2012.
  5. Happiness: Its Meaning Measurement and Importance, 3 2-hour lectures, one on each of the following three topics: what 'happiness' means, how happiness is measured, and what role should happiness play in informing public policy. I created this course and it ran as part of Victoria University of Wellington's Continuing Education Programme, July 2012.
  6. Introduction to Philosophy, 2 short lectures to prospective students during 'Study @ Vic Day', August 2011.
  7. The Problem with Happiness, 90-minute interactive presentation for the Café Scientifique series at Wholly Bagels in Lower Hutt, September 2010.
  8. Happiness: Its Meaning Measurement and Significance, 3 90-minute lectures, one on each of the following three topics: what 'happiness' means, how happiness is measured, and what we should do about happiness on an individual and a societal level. I created this course and it ran as part of Victoria University of Wellington's Continuing Education Programme, October-November 2009. Click here for the combined ppt.
  9. Introduction to Philosophy, 2 short lectures to prospective students during 'Study @ Vic Day', August 2010.
  10. Introduction to Philosophy, 6 1-hour lectures (whole course) on a range of subjects, Wellington High School, August-September 2008. Click here for ppt.
  11. Introduction to Philosophy, 2 short lectures to prospective students during 'Study @ Vic Day', August 2008.
  12. Introduction to Ethics, 4 2-hour lectures (whole course) on Ethics, Kapiti Workers' Educational Association, April 2008. Click here for ppt.
  13. Introduction to Philosophy, 2 short lectures to prospective students during 'Study @ Vic Day', September 2007.

Student Seminar & Conference Presentations
  1. Keynote lecture: What we value: An experimental investigation of the good life, University of California, Davis Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, 23 April 2016. Flyer. PPT.
  2. The Experience Machine and End of Life Care, Sac State Philosophy Club, 10 November 2015.
  3. Experimental Philosophy, Sac State Philosophy Club, 21 October 2014.
  4. Job Market Roundup, Victoria University of Wellington, 17 July 2014. Click here for the handout.
  5. We Can Test the Experience Machine: Reply to Smith, Victoria University of Wellington Philosophy Student Seminar Series, June 2011. Click here for the ppt.
  6. Reality Doesn't really Matter: Or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Limbo, Victoria University of Wellington Post Graduate Student Conference, November 2010.
  7. Eliminating Bias from the Experience Machine Thought Experiment, Victoria University of Wellington Philosophy Student Seminar Series, October 2010. Click here for the ppt.
  8. Debate on The Existence of Objective Moral Facts, Victoria University of Wellington Philosophy Student Seminar Series, May 2010.
  9. Sharing the Responsibility of Dealing with Climate Change: Interpreting the Principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities at the Victoria university of Wellington Graduate Student Retreat in Otaki, April 2010.
  10. Defining Pleasure for Hedonism: Lessons from Science, Victoria University of Wellington Philosophy Student Seminar Series, July 2009.
  11. Hedonism: The Debate, with Adrian Currie, Victoria University of Wellington Philosophy Student Seminar Series, May 2009.
  12. The Experience Machine Revisited (Again), Victoria University of Wellington Philosophy Student Seminar Series, March 2009.
  13. Reviving Hedonism: Refuting the White Wall Machine, Bridge Lodge, Lower North Island Graduate Student Conference, March 2008.
  14. Pleasure is the Only Thing of Value: Refuting the False Pleasures Objection, Victoria University of Wellington Philosophy Student Seminar Series, November 2007.
  15. Pleasure is the Only Thing of Value: Reviving Hedonism as a Plausible View of 'the Good Life', Philosophers in New Zealand Annual Graduate Student Conference, November 2007.
  16. The Simple Scientific Account of Pleasure: Step 1 to Reviving Hedonism, Victoria University of Wellington Philosophy Student Seminar Series, August 2007.
  17. In Search of the Good Life: Pleasure, Happiness, Well-Being... And the Odd Cry from the Wilderness, Riverslea Retreat, Victoria University of Wellington Philosophy Graduate Student Conference, June 2007.
  18. From Political Philosophy to Political Activism: Encouraging Political Action in Modernity, Onekaka, Victoria University of Wellington Philosophy Graduate Student Conference, June 2006.
  19. The Science of Happiness, Victoria University of Wellington Philosophy Student Seminar Series, May 2006.
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