Short talks on neuroscience by Nancy Kanwisher

This is a very cool initiative.

From the “About” page:

In this site, I hope to share with a broad audience some of the the progress we’ve made and the challenges we still face in the effort to understand the human mind and brain.The site is a pilot effort testing whether the format of a browsable collection of short talks is an effective way to do so.

Up already are sets of talks on face perception, fMRI, and more. Check it out!

(h/t Felipe De Brigard)

Recent work by Brains contributors

(Sorry it’s been a while since I posted one of these!) The following books and articles by contributors to the Brains blog were added to PhilPapers from mid-July to September. – JS

Marcus Arvan (forthcoming). How to Rationally Approach Life’s Transformative Experiences. Philosophical Psychology.

Robert Briscoe (forthcoming). Review of Words and Images: An Essay on the Origin of Ideas, by Christopher Gauker. Mind.

Robert Briscoe & John Schwenkler (forthcoming). Conscious Vision in Action. Cognitive Science.

Berit Brogaard (2014). A Partial Defense of Extended Knowledge. Philosophical Issues 24 (1):39-62.

Glenn Carruthers (forthcoming). Making Sense of Spousal Revenge Filicide. Aggression and Violent Behavior.

Glenn Carruthers & Elizabeth Schier (forthcoming). Why Are We Still Being Hornswoggled? Dissolving the Hard Problem of Consciousness.Topoi.

Carl Gillett (2014). Brains, Neuroscience, and Animalism: On the Implications of Thinking Brains. Southern Journal of Philosophy 52 (S1):41-52.

Carolyn Dicey Jennings & Bence Nanay (forthcoming). Action Without Attention. Analysis.

Kristina Musholt (forthcoming). Review of S. Prosser & F. Recanati (Eds) Immunity to Error Through Misidentification. Mind.

Kristina Musholt (2014). Review of “The Self in Question” by Andy Hamilton. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2014 (7).

Eddy Nahmias, Jason Shepard & Shane Reuter (2014). It’s OK If ‘My Brain Made Me Do It': People’s Intuitions About Free Will and Neuroscientific Prediction. Cognition 133 (2):502-516.

Frank Scalambrino (2014). Review of Alva Noë , Varieties of Presence. Philosophy in Review 34 (3-4):171-173.

Miguel Ángel Sebastián (2014). La mente extendida. Dianoia 59 (72):169-172.

Adam Shriver (2014). Review of Why Animals Matter: Animal Consciousness, Animal Welfare, and Human Well-Being by Marian Stamp Dawkins. Environmental Ethics 36 (2):253-254.

Katrina L. Sifferd (forthcoming). What Does It Mean to Be a Mechanism? Stephen Morse, Non-Reductivism, and Mental Causation. Criminal Law and Philosophy:1-17.

$1.8m grant for a new neuroscience initiative at Duke University

The Duke Philosophy Department is pleased to announce that professors Felipe De Brigard and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong have received a $1.8 million dollar grant from the John Templeton Foundation to conduct yearly Summer Seminars in Neuroscience and Philosophy (SSNAP) starting in May, 2016. Each SSNAP will be a 15 day long seminar in which neuroscientists and philosophers will learn about each other’s discipline, and will then form interdisciplinary teams to design and conduct studies founded by sub-awards. For further information please visit the SSNAP site.

CFP: Reciprocity and Social Cognition

** Note the extended deadline of Nov. 1 **

CALL FOR POSTERS AND FLASH TALKS – Extended submissions deadline: November 1
Reciprocity and Social Cognition Symposium
Berlin School of Mind and Brain, 23rd-25th March 2015
Extended submissions deadline: November 1, 2014
Notifications sent: November 15, 2014
For more details, please see our website:
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.
Reciprocity is a common feature of much social cognition. It is what separates a case in which two people attend to the same object simultaneously from a case of genuine joint attention; and what separates a case in which two people act in parallel from a case of genuine joint action. However, traditional accounts of the foundations of social cognition have underplayed the existence of reciprocity and treated social cognition as a process that rests on observation and not genuine interaction. We are holding a three-day workshop to come to better understand the notion of reciprocity and to explore how the notion of reciprocity can be used to illuminate debates in adjacent fields of social cognition.
Confirmed keynotes are Richard Moran (Philosophy, Harvard), Julia Fischer (Cognitive Ethology, Göttingen) and Natalie Sebanz (Cognitive Science, CEU Budapest). Other confirmed participants include Elisabeth Pacherie (Philosophy, Institut Jean Nicod), Henrike Moll (Psychology, Southern California), Stephen Butterfill (Philosophy, Warwick) and Isabel Dziobek (Neuroscience, HU Berlin).
The workshop is organised around six related symposia:
(1) Intentional communication,
(2) The neuroscience of dialogue,
(3) Socio-cognitive disorders,
(4) Social exchange: insights from computational neuroscience,
(5) Perspective-taking, and
(6) Joint action.
We welcome submissions for poster presentations on any of the six topics listed above. Submissions from all fields of empirical and theoretical cognitive science are encouraged. In place of poster submissions, philosophers should consider submitting short ‘flash’ talks (of around seven minutes or ten .ppt slides in length). We are looking forward to welcoming you in Berlin!

Has physics made philosophy obsolete?

Once again, of course not! (Otherwise we wouldn’t be asking this question, would we?) Still, watch Angie Hobbs and Mary Midgley try to explain to Laurence Krauss why not, in this forum hosted by the Institute for Art and Ideas:

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Pluralistic Folk Psychology

In our daily interactions with people—driving down the street, coordinating childcare, figuring out how to hide from an old girlfriend, buying a nice gift—we rely on folk psychology, our unschooled understanding of other people. These abilities are often attributed to a single mechanism often thought to be unique to the species—known as mindreading, belief reasoning, or theory of mind. But that’s just too much work for a single mechanism to do! Continue reading

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