UQAM Summer School on Web Science and the Mind

The Fifth Summer School in Cognitive Sciences : Web Science and the Mind

Organized by the UQAM Cognitive Science Institute in Montréal (Canada), from July 7th to 18th

Theme of the Summer Institute: Web Science and the Mind

This summer school will present a comprehensive overview of the interactions between the web and cognitive sciences, with topics ranging from social network analysis to distributed cognition and semantic web. Continue Reading →

14. April 2014 by John Schwenkler
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Sam Barker at the Institute for Art and Ideas asked me to share some information about a very cool looking philosophy festival that will be held this summer in the UK. He writes:

HowTheLightGetsIn is the world’s largest philosophy festival taking place Hay-on-Wye in the UK this summer from 22nd May – 1st June 2014. There are a number of events at this year’s festival that I thought would be of interest to readers of Brains for example Barry C. Smith, Margaret Boden and Warren Ellis discussing the impact of neuroscience on philosophy. Our full programme can be found online at www.howthlightgetsin.org

I’ve attached a PDF version of the the philosophy program at the bottom of this post — here are a couple of highlights: Continue Reading →

14. April 2014 by John Schwenkler
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CFP: Neurons, Mechanisms, and the Mind: The History and Philosophy of Cognitive Neuroscience

Call for Papers: The 30th Annual Boulder Conference on the History and Philosophy of Science

Neurons, Mechanisms, and the Mind: The History and Philosophy of Cognitive Neuroscience

October 10–12, 2014, at the University of Colorado at Boulder

Our developing understanding of the mind depends extensively on neural data collected by fMRI, EEG, and PET, among other methods, and by the analysis of the data so collected, by, for example, decoding applications of machine learning algorithms. Continue Reading →

14. April 2014 by John Schwenkler
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Philosophers’ Carnival #162

… at Aesthetics for Birds, with lots of really excellent content this month.

14. April 2014 by John Schwenkler
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You may (or may not) have noticed that Pete Mandik and Richard Brown (me) have started a podcast, called SpaceTimeMind, where we talk about tax law updates for 2014, uh, I mean, er, we talk about space and time and mind!

The first episode is up now (and has been positively reviewed by Eric Schwitzgebel (and also one iTunes user who described Quiet Karate Reflex perfectly as ‘weird but intriguing music’!!)) and the second should be up soonish. Our goal is to have two episodes a month. In the future we hope to have guests and talk about various interesting things (suggestions on both welcome).

In addition to being available on iTunes, there is a blog with notes and links, and there is a spacetimemind youtube channel where you can watch the live unedited conversation between Pete and I (tune in Wednesday Mornings at 8:00 a.m. (e.s.t.) to catch us all the way live!).

04. April 2014 by Richard Brown
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Moscow Summer School on Free Will

The Moscow Center for Consciousness Studies (MCCS) is hosting a Summer School from the 11th to the 25th of August 2014 devoted to the Free Will problem led by the world renowned expert Prof. John Martin Fischer. Graduate students and young PhDs are welcome to take part in the “Free Will and Moral Responsibility” Summer School, Moscow, Russia. The school will include lectures and discussions led by Prof. John Fischer (University of California, Riverside) and Associate Prof. Matthew Talbert (West Virginia University).

MCCS will compensate accommodation, food, and transfers, and 50% of the round trip ticket. Two participants with the best submissions will be provided with scholarships. For application details please visit our web-page. The deadline for submissions is the 1 st of May, 2014. The application documents mast be sent to Artem Besedin atA.Besedin@hardproblem.ru.

01. April 2014 by John Schwenkler
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Recent work by Brains contributors

The following articles by Brains contributors were added to PhilPapers in March. Please let me know of any errors or omissions. – JS

J. Robert Thompson (2014). Signature Limits in Mindreading Systems. Cognitive Science 38 (2).

Kristina Musholt & Eileen Munro (forthcoming). Neuroscience and the Risks of Maltreatment. Children and Youth Services Review.

E. Machery (forthcoming). Review of Words and Thoughts: Subsentences, Ellipsis and the Philosophy of Language. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.

Dimitria Electra Gatzia & Berit Brogaard (forthcoming). Time and Time Perception. Topoi.

E. Nahmias, S. Morris, T. Nadelhoffer & J. Turner (forthcoming). Surveying Freedom: Folk Intuitions About Free Will and Moral Responsibility. Philosophical Psychology.

E. Machery (forthcoming). Massive Modularity and Brain Evolution. Philosophy of Science.

01. April 2014 by John Schwenkler
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Spaulding and Kandel on relationship between psychiatry/philosophy

See the following video from the Emerson-Wier Liberal Arts Symposium on the topic of interdisciplinarity at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.  Spaulding’s remarks begin at 25 minutes, and Kandel’s response begins at 1:33.

There has been a fair amount of discussion recently on Facebook concerning how to frame the dialogue between philosophy and science; I’ve admired Dr. Kandel’s work since before I got into this business, but I find his response to Shannon’s reasonable suggestions disappointing (to put it mildly).  Thoughts?  Strategy?

18. March 2014 by Cameron Buckner
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I wanted to let you all know about a new exciting project going on at Duke University: Neuro.Tv, a monthly online discussion between psychologists, neuroscientists and philosophers talking about minds, brains and behaviors. Take a look! The link is: neuro.tv.

11. March 2014 by Felipe De Brigard
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A nice article by Susan Schneider

On artificial intelligence and downloading our minds into computers, in the NY Times’ The Stone.

04. March 2014 by Gualtiero Piccinini
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