Symposium on Wayne Wu, “Against Division: Consciousness, Information, and the Visual Streams” (Mind & Language 29 (4), 383–406)

I am pleased to announce that our next Mind & Language symposium is on Wayne Wu’s “Against Division: Consciousness, Information and the Visual Streams,” from the journal’s September 2014 issue, with commentaries by David Kaplan (Macquarie), Pete Mandik (William Paterson), and Thomas Schenk (Erlangen-Nuremberg).

wuAccording to the influential dual systems model of visual processing (Milner & Goodale 1995/2006, Goodale & Milner 2004), information present in the dorsal processing stream does not contribute to the specific contents of conscious visual experience. “Visual phenomenology,” A.D. Milner and Melvyn Goodale write, “can arise only from processing in the ventral stream, processing that we have linked with recognition and perception…. Visual-processing modules in the dorsal stream, despite the complex computations demanded by their role in the control of action, are not normally available to awareness” (Milner & Goodale 1995/2006, 202). In his article, Wayne argues that certain types of information arising in the dorsal stream, contrary to Milner and Goodale, do play a role in realizing the contents of visual experience. In particular, he argues that information carried in dorsal stream areas such as VIP and LIP support awareness of visual spatial constancy across saccadic eye-movements. Wayne also adduces evidence that dorsal stream areas play a role in conscious visual motion and depth perception. Continue Reading →

08. September 2014 by Robert Briscoe
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CFP: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Moral Responsibility

Conference on Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Moral Responsibility


March 27, 2015

Utah Valley University

Orem, Utah

Moral responsibility has consistently been a salient issue in disciplines such as the law, psychology, psychiatry, and philosophy. The questions about social, cognitive, and psychological constraints on legal and moral responsibility are ever-evolving with advances in technology and knowledge. This conference seeks to address cutting-edge applied issues in moral and legal responsibility. Continue Reading →

12. September 2014 by John Schwenkler
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Call for Abstracts and Proposals: Australian Society for Cognitive Science

The Australasian Society for Cognitive Science invites all researchers and students in all the diverse disciplines of cognitive science to participate in the 10th conference of the Australasian Society for Cognitive Science.

December 8-10th 2014, Monash University, Caulfield Campus.

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12. September 2014 by John Schwenkler
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Live chat with Alvin Goldman on the epistemology of intuitions

hosted by Philosophy Talk, at noon PST today (Friday, 9/12).

12. September 2014 by John Schwenkler
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Can science explain consciousness?

Nicholas Humphrey, Iain McGilchrist, and Roger Penrose discuss the question with Joanna Kavenna at another iai forum:

Watch more videos on iai.tv

10. September 2014 by John Schwenkler
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CFA: Real Possibilities, Indeterminism and Free Will


The conference “Real Possibilities, Indeterminism and Free Will” will take place at the University of
Konstanz, Germany on 18-21 March 2015.

The conference will mark the final phases of two ongoing projects at the University of Konstanz: Continue Reading →

09. September 2014 by John Schwenkler
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Upcoming events at Brains

Now that summer is nearing its end, activities at the blog will be picking up again. In addition to the upcoming symposium on Wayne Wu’s article, “Against Division: Consciousness, Information and the Visual Streams”, from the September 2014 issue of Mind & Language (with commentaries by David Kaplan, Pete Mandik, and Thomas Schenk), we have a number of Featured Scholars lined up, who will be guest blogging at Brains over the coming months.

Beginning September 15Kristin Andrews (York University, Canada) will be a Featured Scholar at Brains. She will be discussing her work on cognition, communication, and folk psychology.

In October, Dan Weiskopf (Georgia State) will be our Featured Scholar, blogging on his work on concepts and higher cognition, mechanisms and cognitive modelling, and more.

Other upcoming featured scholars include:

We hope you all had a great summer and are looking forward to some interesting discussions here at Brains!

04. September 2014 by Kristina Musholt
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Call for Abstracts: Workshop on Minimal Mindreading, University of Magdeburg, November 6-8, 2014

Classical explanations of social cognition assume that complex social interaction involves social understanding and that social understanding in turn depends on the ability to read others’ minds, i.e. on the ability to attribute mental states, such as beliefs and desires, to others for the purposes of predicting and explaining their behavior. However, recent findings regarding the social cognitive abilities of infants and animals call into question the claim that such explanations provide a complete picture of social cognition.

In this interdisciplinary workshop we want to discuss findings that might speak against a classical understanding of social cognitive capacities and consider alternative attempts at explanation. Our focus lies in particular on minimal mindreading accounts, such as the one recently proposed by Butterfill and Apperly (Apperly & Butterfill 2009; Apperly 2011; Butterfill & Apperly 2013). Questions that arise concern, among other things, the scope of minimal and full-blown mindreading capacities, their interrelation, and the relation of human and non-human social capacities as well as of infant and adult capacities.

Invited speakers include David Buttelmann (Erfurt), Stephen Butterfill (Warwick), Anika Fiebich (Bochum), Agnes Kovacs (Budapest), and Victoria Southgate (London). Each participant will give a talk of about 45 mins followed by one hour of discussion, providing sufficient time for intensive discussion and the development of ideas. A detailed description of the workshop can be found here: http://www.iphi.ovgu.de/home/Workshop.html

Call for Abstracts

We have a few slots available for contributed presentations. Researchers from all disciplines working on some aspect of social cognition closely related to the workshop theme are encouraged to submit an extended abstract of at most 500 words including bibliography for a 45 min talk with subsequent discussion. Please send submissions to pnk@ovgu.de by September 28. Notifications of acceptance will be made by October 7 on the basis of scientific quality and overall fit to the topic and to the other contributions. We especially encourage PhD students and postdocs to submit proposals.

For further information, or to register your attendance, please contact the organizers via pnk@ovgu.de or individually (kristina.musholt@ovgu.de; ramiro.glauer@ovgu.de).

04. September 2014 by Kristina Musholt
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CFP: Intentions

Centre for Philosophical Psychology, University of Antwerp 

Call for papers: Conference on intentions, University of Antwerp, December 10-11, 2014.

Topic: There are so many kinds of intentions: proximal, distal, immediate, prior, ‘-in-action’, present-directed, future-directed, motor, etc. How are they connected to each other and what role do they play in the initiation of actions? This conference aims to explore how various concepts of intention can explain action and how they are related to some other mental states that are said to play a role in initiating and guiding actions, such as motor representations and, khm, pragmatic representations.

Confirmed speakers (more to be confirmed soon):

  • Al Mele (Florida State University)
  • Elisabeth Pacherie (Paris)
  • Neil Sinhababu (Singapore)

CFP: There are several slots reserved for contributed papers (no parallel sections). Only blinded submissions are accepted.

Length: 3000 words. Single spaced!

Deadline: October 17, 2014. Papers should be sent to nanay@berkeley.edu

More infohttp://webh01.ua.ac.be/bence.nanay/paw.htm

04. September 2014 by John Schwenkler
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Essay Prize: Unconscious Perception

Third Annual Essay Prize at the Centre for Philosophical Psychology, University of Antwerp

Topic: Unconscious perception in (contemporary, analytic) philosophy of perception.

Eligibility: The Essay Prize is open to those who received their PhD after May 2006 or who are PhD students.

Length: 3000 words. Single spaced!

Deadline: November 1, 2014. Essays should be sent, suitable for blind refereeing, to nanay@berkeley.edu

Prize money: 2,000 Euros. The author of the winning essay will be invited to give a presentation at a major workshop on unconscious perceptionsome time in Spring 2015 at the University of Antwerp.

More infohttp://webh01.ua.ac.be/bence.nanay/paw.htm

03. September 2014 by John Schwenkler
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