24 Novembro
FCUL | Anfiteatro da FCiências.ID

Cologne/Lisbon Philosophy of Technology LAB
#01 Technologies of Alterity_ 

On digital alterity, "Digital Humans 2.0", human artifacts and technological interfaces_ Virtual Doubles and Artificial Agents: social change and transformation of human experience in techno-digital culture


In this workshop series the "Philosophy of Human Technology LAB" and its project HUM+DRAMATECH at the Center of Philosophy of Science at the University of Lisbon (CFCUL) and the Research Labs "Transformation of Life" and "Transformation of Knowledge" at the University of Cologne collaborate to address challenges and prospects of contemporary technologies from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Thiemo Breyer, University of Cologne
  • Johannes Schick, University of Cologne
  • Alexander Gerner, CFCUL
  • Mark Coeckelbergh, University of Vienna
  • Esther Keymolen, University of Leiden
  • Anne Lefebvre, ENS Paris-Saclay (Cachan) / CIPh 
  • Nuno Nabais, CFCUL
  • Vinicius Jonas, CFCUL
  • Mara Almeida, CFCUL
  • Graça Corrêa, CFCUL

Organized by Alexander Gerner [CFCUL, PhilHumTech], Thiemo Breyer [University of Cologne; a.r.t.e.s], Johannes Schick [University of Cologne; a.r.t.e.s]


Registration (free of charge) to



November 29
FCUL | Anfiteatro da FCiências.ID

5th Biodecon Seminar
Assessing Biodiversity

José Lino Costa

MARE, Lisboa
Priority conservation indices: the case of copief (conservation priority index for estuarine fish)

Valeria Jana Schwanitz & August Wierling
Western Norwegian University of Applied Sciences, Sogndal 
Assessing biosphere integrity at the national level - how to get a coherent picture

Paula Matos

Center for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Change (cE3c), Lisbon
Essential biodiversity change indicators for evaluating the effects of Anthropocene in ecosystems at a global scale: an example of a global indicator to track the effects of climate change

João Neto
MARE, Coimbra
"Ecological indicators - perspectives and approaches under the WFD"

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Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Coimbra
Mapas disciplinares e Cartografias do saber, Conferência de encerramento por Olga Pombo no III Congresso ISKO Espanha-Portugal / XIII Congresso ISKO Espanha, com organização da Secção de Ciência da Informação da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Coimbra [+info] [programa]
Centre of Philosophy of Science

Cologne/Lisbon Philosophy of Technology LAB#01 Technologies of Alterity_ On digital alterity, "Digital Humans 2.0", human artifacts and technological interfaces_ Virtual Doubles and Artificial Agents: social change and transformation of human experience in techno-digital culture.



The perception, acceptance and exchange with others but as well the experience of alterity is one of the central features of human life. Waldenfels (2015) notices that the latin „alteritas“ stands for a having in common „differences“ and a specific singularity, that adapts to ideas of human kind in which strangeness or alterity of the other can have multiple traces, modes and forms of expression. It might spring from a desire not to negate subjective needs and individual interests, but to go beyond them as in the experience of alterity, the other cannot be equaled to me and joint in a simples „we“ of a common identity. How do concepts of alterity change in digital culture? Is there a specific digital alterity?
In the last decades new technologies „created“ Social and Cultural Change, Technologies of Alterity, Social Interaction by virtual others in which even a user of technology can be conceived of as a virtual other to oneself. This development can be interpreted as a decline of human interaction resulting in a dystopian future, inside mechanistic life to non-life reductionism, or vitalistic non-life to life reductionism, as well as exemplified in techno-scientific „posthuman“ rat race, where smart machines would sucessively dominate all aspects of human life and compete with AI machines in multiple forms.
But new technologies do have also positive effects: They render new ways of embodiment and phenomenal experience as well as forms of therapy and sociality possible.
But not only digital others and digital alterity are developed, also materially staged slaves – robots- are consistently gaining more relevance in our growingly automated work life and also in probings of social and intimate life-forms, that might become more robot- or AI-assisted.
What kind of technologies of alterity are given for example in entities of direct comunication via direct brain-to-brain  interfaces where “I” becomes “we”?
How do we treat and relate to these technological others?
What ludification strategies between me and the other can be found in a digital culture of human technology?
How do humans resonate in social interaction with technological and digital others?
What is their ontological, technical, political, epistemological and ethical status as „others“?
What forms and modes of experience and existance do they alter or transform?
How is sociality given or transformed in encounters with technological others?
How do they alter our view of human kind, privacy, agency, human rights and social relations?
Are digital objects „others“ in a strong sense in a techno-human condition(Hörl; critically Mersch)? How do we govern ourselves in a future, where technical and digital objects might become equal partners, or transform into our doubles, augmented realities,  or even substitutes? 
What kind of technological means and what kind of attachments with artifical agents, virtual doubles and extensions as well as digital doubles and their parallel hyletic detachments are at stake? 
How do technical others and digitally altered experience with technical objects (Simondon) or machinic agents (Deleuze/Guattari) influence agency, autonomy, subjectivation or socialization?
Can they foster growing independence in the transition from a gesture based handled tool (controlled and governed/steered from outside) to a operated machine (autonomous self-controlled and self-governed)?

17h30 | Galeria de Exposição da Cafetaria da Biblioteca da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa
Inauguração da Exposição "Novos Decisores Ciências". Exposição com co-organização de João "Cão" Duarte. O Novos Decisores Ciências é um projecto de ciência cidadã que corre desde 2014 no bairro do Segundo Torrão, na margem sul do estuário do Tejo. Pela colaboração entre habitantes e cientistas estabeleceu-se uma investigação em erosão costeira que pode contribuir à emancipação dos envolvidos. Esta exposição partilha fotos, mapas e outros elementos deste processo. Exposição da responsabilidade da Associação Cultural Canto do Curió e Atelier des Jours à Venir, Em parceria com o Departamento de Geologia da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Associação de Moradores do Segundo Torrão e FRAME408, Com o apoio de Ciência Viva e Fondation de France. [poster] [imagem]
10h15 | Faculdade de Letras da UL | Sala 5.2
Dialéctica e mecânica quântica, por Ana Pato, no Colóquio Marx: as misérias da filosofia
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10h00m | FCSH-UNL, Av. Berna | Edifício ID - Piso 4, Sala Multiusos 3
Philosophy of cognitive enhancement as a philosophy of human technology: deliberations on attention enhancements in children for policy and political advice. Comunicação, por convite de Alexander Gerner, na 8ª Escola de Inverno em Avaliação de Tecnologio do Programa Doutoral em Avaliação de Tecnologia.  [ +info]
Anfiteatro da Fundação FCUL

Human Enhancement and Evolution – Scientific, Technological, Policy & ELS Considerations, organized by the Philosophy of Human Technology Strategic Research Line of the CFCUL. Lisbon, 13th-14th December 2017.


DESTAQUES | | highlights

coordenador: António Barros Veloso
eds: António Barros Veloso, Luiz Damas Moras, Henrique Leitão

Médicos e Sociedade
Para uma História da Medicina em Portugal no século XX

By The Book

Edited by Przemyslaw Zywiczynski, Nathalie Gontier and Slawomir Wacewicz

Language Evolution: Focus on Mechanisms

Sciences, Volume 63, Pages 1-130

Science Direct, September 2017

ISSN: 0388-0001

Eds. J.R. Croca, P. Castro, M. Gatta

Complexidade e Racionalidade numa Perspetiva Interdisciplinar

CFCUL, Fevereiro de 2017

ISBN: 978-989-8247-76-6

Olga Pombo (Org.)

Image in Science and Art
Actas do Colóquio Internacional "Image in Science and Art"

Editora Fim de Século, Fevereiro de 2017 ISBN: 979-972-754-286-4



Até 15 Dezembro 2017

MLAG Graduate Conference II

Porto | March 22-23, 2018


Call for papers

MLAG is a research group of the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Porto. We are organizing our 2nd Graduate Conference, which will take place in Porto on March 22-23, 2018.

Keynote speakers:

  • Charles Travis (University of Porto/King's College London)
  • Martine Nida-Rümelin (University of Fribourg)
  • Anna Ciaunica (University of Porto/University College London)

Deadline for submission: December 15

We invite submissions from graduate students and early career researchers (those who have received their PhD within the last three years) on any topic in analytic philosophy, broadly construed. Papers will be subjected to double-blind review. Those accepted are expected to give a 30 minute presentation, which will be followed by a commentary by either another participant or a faculty member, and a time for open discussion. Philosophers from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to submit!

Submission guidelines:

  • Papers should be written in English, not exceed 4000 words (including footnotes, excluding title, abstract and references), include an abstract of no more than 500 words, and be prepared for blind review (removing any identifying information).
  • Submission should be sent by e-mail to in PDF format. In the body of the e-mail the following information should be included: author's name, institutional affiliation, paper title, field of research.
  • Authors must indicate if they are willing to participate as commentators, and in which areas of philosophy.

Notification of acceptance: January 15, 2018.

The conference is free of charge and open to anyone, but registration allows us to keep track of the number of participants and ensure the availability of materials. Thus, if you plan to attend, please register here.

All further questions can be sent to

For more information and updates, please visit

Até 31 Dezembro 2017


Our species and its responsibilities
An ontology for the environmental crisis
International Conference



Call for abstracts

Who is responsible for the current environmental crisis—including the two intertwined phenomena of climate change and biodiversity declining? Typically, our species with its activities—habitat interruption, pollution, overexploitation of natural resources, etc.—is pointed at both as the main cause and the alleged agent who has the duty to redress the crisis. But what does that actually mean? Does it make any sense to speak of species responsibility? Could a species, as distinct from its individual members, be a moral agent? Answering these questions requires a preliminary reflection on the nature, on the one hand, of the very notion of collective responsibility (and the related notions of personal and shared responsibility); and, on the other hand, on the ontological status of our (and other) species, as well as collective subjects such as groups and communities.


Invited Speakers
Tiziana ANDINA, University of Turin
Markku OKSANEN, University of Eastern Finland
Virginie MARIS, CEFE/CNRS, Montpellier

Deadline for submission: December 31st


Call for Abstracts:

The present call for abstracts is directed to philosophers of biology, conservation biologists, ethicists, philosophers of politics, social ontologists, and metaphysicians. The aim of the workshop is to provide an interdisciplinary context for discussing the ontological, political, and ethical dimensions of the current environmental crisis.

Potential topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • The ontological status of (our and other) species as well as of possible targets of conservation policies and actions (species, subspecies, populations, evolutionarily significant units, etc.);
  • Models and forecasts about future environmental changes: policy making under conditions of uncertainty;
  • The nature of the collective subjects involved in the management of the environmental crisis (such as the scientific community, the general public, the governments, the States, the NGOs…) and/or their possible different understanding of the environmental crisis;
  • The nature of responsibility (with a particular focus on collective / personal / shared responsibility as well as on intergenerational responsibility) and the links between human responsibilities and human rights in the era of environmental crisis.


Guidelines for submissions:

Abstract (around 500 words) should be prepared for blind review and emailed, as PDF documents, to the following address:
Please include your name, affiliation, and contact information in the body of the e-mail.

Verdicts will be communicated by January 15th 2018.
The language of the conference is English and attendance will be free.



Elena Casetta, Francesco Camboni, Davide Pala, Vera Tripodi

Até 5 Janeiro 2018

Measurement at the Crossroads

June 27-29, 2018 
University Paris Diderot, France
Laboratoire Sciences, Philosophie, Histoire (SPHERE), Paris


Call for abstracts

Measurement at the Crossroads is the third interdisciplinary conference to explore the history and philosophy of measurement after Dimensions of Measurement in Bielefeld (2013) and The Making of Measurement in Cambridge (2015). The organizers of the third conference, which will take place on 27-29 June 2018, in Paris, invite scholars interested in the history, philosophy and sociology of science to address questions related to measurement across disciplines ranging from the natural sciences to the life and human sciences.
The recent revival of the philosophy of measurement in the early 2000s appears to be instrumental in overcoming the tensions that obstructed science studies during much of the second half of the twentieth century. The Paris conference aspires to promote the new ways of addressing issues of quantification and measurement that are now emerging and promising to bridge the various gulfs – theoretical versus practical, descriptive versus normative – that have divided the philosophical, historical and sociological approaches to science. It is now recognized that questions of quantification transcend the earlier focus on meaning and representation which formerly attracted the attention of philosophers of science, and that these questions benefit from investigation alongside the means and processes that enable scientists, and human agents in general, to agree on their measurement results and make them reliable bases for decision and action. The resulting shift of attention towards the uses of measurement results in inference and prediction places the new agenda of philosophy of measurement at the crossroads of conceptual, epistemic, historical, material, technological and institutional issues.
The 2018 conference comes at a time when the field of metrology is about to reach an important turning point with the reform of the International System of Units (SI) that is to be announced by the end of 2018. With Measurement at the Crossroads we aspire to connect the discussions developing in the emerging field of history and philosophy of measurement with some of the issues arising from this major reshaping of the field of metrology. Special attention will thus be given to issues pertaining to the formation of systems of units and standards, as well as to related institutional matters. The conference will build upon the two former ones by inscribing these issues more explicitly in a world-wide and a long-term perspective. In addition to the enquiries related to the contemporary SI reform, time will therefore be allotted for studies concerned with how measurement units have been worked out in the past, from Antiquity to today's reform, in different regions of the world. This will offer a cultural-anthropological outlook on metrology.
Some of the questions listed below might be helpful to guide contributors without in any way constraining them:

• Quantification and measurement practices
Is it possible to devise a conception of quantity suited for all domains of science, and what are the specific difficulties raised by the definition of properties and quantities in the human sciences?
How can one deal with scientific error, especially experimental error? How can scientists evaluate uncertainty and risk relative to experimental results and their uses?
How can the study of measurement shed new light on the relations between theory, models, experiment and instrumentation?
How can philosophy of measurement contribute to classical problems of the philosophy of science? (e.g.: realism, conventionalism and operationalism in science)

• Units, standards and instruments
How did numbers, units and standards become separated in the course of history, and how did units become coordinated to one another through metrological systems of units?
How do standards contribute to the stabilization of facts? How do they affect human action and self-perception?
How do the descriptive and the normative intertwine in measurement?
What are the reasons behind the project of the new SI? What will be its conceptual, practical, technical and institutional consequences?

• Communities, institutions, normativity and trust
What social and institutional constraints are required to implement a global network of communicable, comparable and reliable measurement results?
How can decisions be taken on the basis of measurement under conditions of uncertainty?
What is the role of trust in the practice of measurement and in the assessment of scientific knowledge?
Can the philosophical, historical and sociological enquiry into measurement make us more aware of our responsibilities in the development of our technological society?

Invited speakers

Karine Chemla (CNRS, SPHERE, France)
Wendy Parker (Durham University, United Kingdom)
Oliver Schlaudt (Heidelberg University, Germany)
Eran Tal (McGill University, Canada)

Programme committee

Mieke Boon (University of Twente, Netherlands)
Marcel Boumans (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
Thomas Coudreau (University Paris Diderot, France)
Olivier Darrigol (CNRS, SPHERE, France)
Marie Gaille (CNRS, SPHERE, France)
Giora Hon (University of Haifa, Israel)
Matthieu Husson (CNRS, Observatoire de Paris, France)
Shaul Katzir (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Alain Leplège (University Paris Diderot, France)
Alexandre Mallard (Mines ParisTech, France)
Luca Mari (University Cattaneo, Italy)
Alfred Nordmann (Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany)
Theodore Porter (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
Léna Soler (University of Lorraine, France)
John Steele (Brown University, USA)
Mark Wilson (University of California, Berkeley, USA)


Abstract submission:

The conference will host individual talks and symposiums (groups of 3 talks). The talks will be 40 minutes long, questions included.

Submissions should be PDF files blinded for peer review:

The individual contributors are invited to submit an abstract of 500 words.

Contributors who wish to propose a symposium should submit in the same file a 500-word synopsis that includes the title and theme of the symposium and a 500-word abstract for each talk in the symposium.

To submit abstracts go to the website of the conference:, click on "Submit an abstract" and follow the instructions.


The fees for the conference and dinner will be as follows:

Researchers: EUR 50
Students (masters, PhD): EUR 20
Conference dinner (researchers): EUR 40
Conference dinner (students): EUR 20

Registration will be opened in February 2018.


Dates and deadlines

Deadline for submission: January 5, 2018.
Notification of acceptance: January 30, 2018.
Registration: will open in February 2018.
Conference: June 27-29, 2018.



Nadine de Courtenay (University Paris Diderot, France)
Fabien Grégis (Tel Aviv University, Israel & SPHERE, France)
Christine Proust (CNRS & University Paris Diderot, SPHERE, France)


Até 31 Janeiro, 2018

The Mind-Technology Problem - Investigating Minds, Selves and 21st Century Artifacts

Call for Papers

We invite chapter contributions for the volume "The Mind-Technology Problem – Investigating Minds, Selves and 21st Century Artifacts" forthcoming in the book series Studies in Brain and Mind (Springer). This book explores the relation between philosophy of mind and emerging technologies. Technologies that only recently seemed to be science fiction are becoming part of everyday life. Our life is increasingly saturated with 'smart' artifacts. The ubiquitous and mobile Internet amounts to a radically new epistemic and cognitive environment which we already inhabit. This smart environment is saturated with artificial intelligence systems that not only guide us to information on the Internet, but are transforming the way we inhabit the non-virtual realm: the home, the urban environment and beyond.

In the process, these technologies may be viewed as a form of rapidly evolving cognitive enhancement (Schneider, 2016, Heersmink, 2015). They may also be radically changing the human cognitive profile (Schneider and Mandik, 2016, Clowes, 2015; Clark, 2007) including the possibility of mind uploading (Corabi and Schneider, 2012). Some see these trends as deeply worrying, undermining a raft of our cognitive and social capacities (Carr, 2010; Turkle, 2011). Others see the relationship as a more of a continuum with the long history of artifactually led, cognitive evolution of human beings (Malafouris, 2013; Clark, 2003).

These technologies appear to have important implications for the human mind, sense of identity and even perhaps what we think human beings are. Other technological tendencies may stretch our ideas further toward super-intelligence, (within the skin) cognitive enhancements, and more distantly perhaps, machine consciousness. Yet while ideas of artificial general intelligence, cognitive enhancements and a smart environment are widely commented on, a serious analysis of their philosophical implications is only now getting started.

In this edited volume, we seek the best philosophical analysis of what current and near future 21sttechnology means for the metaphysics of mind. Some of the questions still open include: Should the adoption or incorporation of current technologies, such as smart phones or wearable gadgets be viewed as enhancements or diminishments of the human mind? Or is such a framework too restricted? Might they transform the sorts of self-knowledge available to us, or what self-knowledge is? Might the use of such gadgetry force us to rethink the boundary between human beings and technology, or indeed enduring philosophical questions such as personal identity or what the self is? According to various theories of personal identity, are radical cognitive enhancements even compatible with personal survival?

In thinking about minds, there is a common tendency to define the ontological status of the mind in terms of whatever is the latest technology. The computational model of mind has certainly been one of the most influential and is currently undergoing important challenges and challenging reinventions (Schneider and Mandik, 2016). Is the notion that the mind or self as a program, which often guides public and philosophical discussions, metaphysically well founded? Whether or not our minds are actually computational, our ability to interface with machines, from virtual reality technologies such as Oculus Rift to our smart-phones and wearable gadgetry, are undergoing a profound shift and are rapidly reshaping the metaphors and concepts philosophers use to think about minds and the conclusion they draw (Metzinger, 2009; Chalmers, 2007).

As a follow up of our "Minds, Selves and 21st Century Technology" meeting in Lisbon (, we seek high quality submissions that investigate the philosophical implications of the engagement between 21st century technology, metaphysics and the philosophy of mind. We are especially interested in submissions that do not indulge in extensive futuristic speculation but focus on current or near-ready technologies which are already changing the shape of the human (and machine) cognitive landscape and our philosophical understanding of mind. Research question include the following:


Extended Mind, Extended Cognition, Distributed self:

  • How should we think of distributed and extended memory in the context of 21st century technology?
  • Can artifacts make possible new forms of extended self-knowledge? What are the consequences of artifacts—for instance, the ubiquitous smart-phone—for notions such as the minimal self, the narrative self, or the distributed self?
  • What is the role of cognitive artifacts in the cognitive enhancement debate?


Metaphysics of the mind:

  • Does the current state of the art of machine consciousness, brain enhancement or smart ambient technology warrant predictions and extrapolations on questions like personal identity, privacy, super intelligence, etc. many want to make?
  • Does current work in this realm tell us anything about phenomenal consciousness? The organization of mind? The possibility of artificial minds?
  • Do hierarchical predictive processing systems support the theoretical literature on the metaphysics of mind (mind, big data, minds online, deep minds)?


Radical Brain Enhancement and Uploading:

  • Would an uploaded mind be me? Is mind uploading a myth?
  • Does radical brain enhancement challenge our sense of self, personal identity and / or humanity?


Confirmed authors

Susan Schneider (University of Connecticut)

Gualtiero Piccinini (University of Missouri – St. Louis)

Mark Bickhard (Lehigh University)

Paul Smart (University of Southampton)

Richard Heersmink (Macquarie University)

Ron Chrisley (University of Sussex)

Georg Theiner (Vilanova University)

Keith Frankish (University of Crete)

Gerald Vision (Temple University)


Papers should not exceed 8,000 words.


We especially encourage researchers who are women and/or from underrepresented minorities or social classes to submit.


For further questions please contact the editors:
Klaus Gärtner (,
Inês Hipólito (,
or Robert W. Clowes (


Please send your contributions to


Deadline: 31st of January, 2018



Carr, N. (2010). The Shallows: How the internet is changing the way we think, read and remember. London: Atlantic Books.

Chalmers, D. (2007). Forward to Supersizing the Mind Supersizing the Mind: Embodiment, Action and Cognitive Extension. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Clark, A. (2003). Natural Born Cyborgs: Minds, Technologies and the Future of Human Intelligence. New York: Oxford University Press.

Clark, A. (2007). Re-inventing ourselves: The plasticity of embodiment, sensing, and mind. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, 32(3), 263-282.

Clowes, R. W. (2015). Thinking in the cloud: The Cognitive Incorporation of Cloud-Based Technology.Philosophy and Technology, 28, Issue 2,(2), 261-296.

Corabi, J., & Schneider, S. (2012). Metaphysics of Uploading. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 19 (7):26.

Heersmink, R. (2015). Extended mind and cognitive enhancement: moral aspects of cognitive artifacts.Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 1-16.

Malafouris, L. (2013). How Things Shape the Mind: MIT Press.

Metzinger, T. (2009). The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self: Basic Books.

Schneider, S. (Ed.). (2016). Science fiction and philosophy: from time travel to superintelligence. John Wiley & Sons.

Schneider, S., & Mandik, P. (2016). How philosophy of mind can shape the future. Philosophy of Mind in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries. London: Routledge.

Turkle, S. (2011). Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less from Each Other. New York: Basic Books.

PSA2018: Call for Symposium Proposals and PSA2018: Call for Papers

Twenty-Sixth Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

November 1 – November 4, 2018
Seattle, WA

Submission is now open for papers and for symposia proposals to be presented at the PSA2018 meeting in Seattle, WA, on November 1-4, 2018. This will be the 50th anniversary of the first biennial meeting of the PSA. The deadline for submitting a paper is March 1, 2018 and the deadline for submitting symposiumproposals is January 5, 2018. PSA2018 will once again include a poster forum; the call for posters will be issued separately. The call for session chairs will be sent out in late summer 2018. The PSA will once again be offering Dependent Care Subsidies of up to $200, and PSA registrants will also have access to on-site childcares services.

[PSA2018: Call for Symposium Proposals] [PSA2018: Call for Papers]

Acontece LÁ FORA
7 e 8 de Setembro de 2018 | UBI, Covilhã | 3º Congresso Internacional da Sociedade Portuguesa de Filosofia.
Concursos FCT

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