… at iai News. An excerpt:
The physical sciences have been so extraordinarily successful in their own sphere of late that people tend now to expect them to be applicable everywhere. Enlightenment thinking has built up a general optimism about human capacities which centres at present on what is called `the scientific method’ – a grossly simplified notion about how scientists work, one which almost treats them as omnipotent.
Brain science, in particular, has been greeted with a credulous rapture which is quite out of proportion to any light that it has actually thrown on the rest of life. In fact, at present the sort of wild credulity which used to be associated chiefly with religious movements seems to flow most naturally towards scientific developments.
All this distracts people from older ways of thinking – not just from religious thinking, but from all sorts of instinctive and traditional social approaches by which human life has habitually been guided, and which are probably necessary to it. In this area, isolated experimental results are really not a substitute for the accumulated experience of history.
CALL FOR POSTERS AND FLASH TALKS
Reciprocity and Social Cognition Symposium
Berlin School of Mind and Brain, 23rd-25th March 2015
Submissions close: October 1st 2014
Notifications sent: October 15th 2014
For more details, please see our website: http://www.mind-and-brain.de/
The Berlin School of Mind and Brain is pleased to announce the Reciprocity and Social Cognition interdisciplinary symposium, to be held at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain from the 23rd to 25th March, 2015. Continue Reading →
As part of its fall open submission cycle, the John Templeton Foundation welcomes online funding inquiries in the areas of philosophy and theology. The submission window is August 1 to October 1, 2014. Proposed philosophical projects need not have religion or theology as a focus. To submit an online funding inquiry, please visit http://www.templeton.org/what-we-fund/our-grantmaking-process.
Please note that the Templeton Foundation does not normally provide dissertation fellowships through this open submission process. For more information on the kinds of projects that the Foundation can support, visit http://www.templeton.org/what-we-fund/core-funding-areas/science-and-the-big-questions.
A list of Foundation grants in the areas of philosophy and theology can be found here: http://www.templeton.org/what-we-fund/grant-search/results/taxonomy%3A5.
Via Kristin Andrews (who, incidentally, will be a featured scholar at Brains beginning in mid-September) comes news of a “reboot” of the Society for the Philosophy of Animal Minds (yes, SPAM), which is “a means to promote and support the work of philosophers and scientists interested in philosophical questions about animal minds and culture”. There’s more information, plus a form to register as a member, at the preceding link. Check it out!
Of course not!
Still, here are Maggie Boden, Barry Smith, and Steven Rose discussing the question at a forum hosted by the Institute for Art and Ideas:
Please see the following Call for Authors:
(Feel free to contact me, if you have questions.)
Summary Version of the Call for Authors:
This edited volume seeks to bring together scholars from across disciplines to discuss the social effects of technological mediation, focusing on the normative social dimensions effected by technological mediation of knowledge or the changing conceptions of humans and humanity effected by technological mediation of embodiment. A 500 word abstract is due by Oct. 6th. If selected as a book chapter, then 3,000 to 4,000 words by March 2nd 2015. If selected as a journal article, then 4,000 to 5,000 words by March 2nd 2015. The edited book titled Social Epistemology and Technology: Toward Increasing Public Self-Awareness regarding Technological Mediation will be published by Rowman & Littlefield International as part of the Collective Studies in Knowledge and Society series. The articles will be published by the peer-reviewed online journal Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective. The book and articles are expected to be published in July, 2015.
A precis of my book, Attention, can be found at Lisa Bortolotti’s blog, Imperfect Cognitions:
Both Lisa and I were featured scholars here as Jakob is now (thanks John). I still(!) think attention is important and happy to have any discussion of the topic or on the book, here or there. Please have a look.