What David Chalmers Did About What it’s Like
August 15, 2011 § 4 Comments
Last week, Feminist Philosophers ran this post, about a conference due to occur in about two weeks’ time, noting its total maleness. David Chalmers, one of the speakers, commented almost immediately, saying he hadn’t noticed it and that he had now emailed the organisers. Now, being totally honest here: If I’d been in Chalmers’s position, I would have made a point of saying something about it but I wouldn’t have tried to fix it. I would have thought it impossible. But good for him for not doing that. Here’s what he wrote next:
update: the organizer tells me he invited four women to speak, all declined, then he dropped the ball. i suggested a terrific computer scientist in melbourne, who has agreed to co-present something, so the future of technology is now only 96% male. the organizer says he’s trying to get another woman to speak, although it may or may not work out.