JProf. Dr. Lena Kästner

Elsewhere

outreach & science communication

spring 2021
“Falsch erklärt ist nicht gelogen – oder doch?” [Wrong explanations are not lies – or are they?]
contribution to public lecture series “Fake, Lüge, Desinformation. Zum 300. Geburtstag des Lügenbarons Münchhausen” in
Saarbrücken townhall

April 2020
“Wie eine schlechte Leitung beim Skypen” [“Like having a bad connection on Skype”]
interview for Saarbrücker Zeitung about the effect of wearing masks in public on cognition (printed April 27th, in German)

October 2019
“Erklärbare intelligente Systeme: Verstehen. Verantwortung. Vertrauen.” [Explainable intelligent systems: Understanding. Responsibility. Trust]
penalist at public roundtable discussion with policy-makers and scientists at Saarbrücken townhall

June 2019
talk “Mechanism Discovery: What Does it Take?” at HHU Düsseldorf
Some scientific explanations describe mechanisms responsible for the phenomenon to be explained. For instance, explanations of memory and learning frequently involve reference to hippocampal long-term potentiation as the implementing neural mechanism. But how do scientists discover such mechanisms? Not surprisingly, discovery comes in many different forms. In this talk, I shall systematically examine three aspects of mechanism discovery. I shall argue that (i) there are different kinds of experiments contributing to discovery in different ways, (ii) mechanisms responsible for a phenomenon may take different forms, and (iii) throughout the discovery process, ontic and epistemic constraints need to be balanced. (watch online)

November 2018
“Basiswissen Yoga Philosophie” [Yoga Philosophy Basics] – an introduction to ancient Indian philosophy for yoga teacher trainees (in German, pdf available upon request)

June 2018
talk “On the Mechanistic Triad” for Neural Mechanism Online webinar series (watch on youtube)

June 2017
philosophy workshop for high school students “‘Kognition’ im Wandel der Zeit” [‘Cognition’ Through the Ages], held at Berlin School of Mind and Brain (in German)

March 2017
philosophy workshop for high school students “Glauben, Wissen, Wahn” [Belief, Knowledge, Delusion], held at Berlin School of Mind and Brain (in German)

October 2016
philosophical portrait for SWIP Germany e.V. (in German)

August – December 2012
scientific journalist for tv-rub, main movie project: “Aus der Tiefe in die Teiche” [Mine de-watering in the Ruhr-area, in German] (watch online)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

other pages

European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA)
I am elected co-chair of the EPSA Women’s Caucus

SWIP Germany e.V.
I am Saarland’s ambassador for SWIP Germany

Universität des Saarlandes
department homepage 

Berlin School of Mind and Brain
graduate school homepage

academia.edu
papers, drafts, abstracts, etc. 

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teaching YOGA
business yoga, substitution teaching, yoga for charity
Saturday class @ Elixia
Sunday class @ YogaCircle Berlin
Präventionskurse @ MeinYogaMoabit