Explaining Bias

By Adam Leonard The ability of fMRI scans to detect which modules of the brain are active during cognitive processes provides a crude, but nonetheless revealing window into how we “think”: it allows testing whether some of our gross assumptions are true or not. For example, a widely referenced July …

In-Mind

In-Mind is an online magazine about social cognition.  On their Videos page, they have digged out an awesome video of Asch’s classical experiments on peer pressure, in which people end up denying what they see to conform.  Definitely worth five minutes of your time. 0

More Journal Ranking Information

By Brandon Towl Here’s something I found that may be of interest for “Brains”– a follow up, if you will, to Gualtiero’s post on European journal rankings. The site I found is called journalrankings.com: www.journal-ranking.com/ranking/web/index.html This site covers only science and science related journals, but it does have a sub-category …

Functionalism and Properties

John Heil has been arguing for a while (cf. his book From an Ontological Point of View, OUP, 2003) that an important source of problems in the metaphysics of mind (e.g., about mental causation) is the tacit though widespread endorsement of the following principle [I am simplifying Heil’s formulations a …

Brains Stats and an Invitation

Since Brains became a group blog about a month ago, the readership has grown from an average of 85 unique visitors per day (of which about 30 were returning visitors) to a current average of 125 unique visitors per day (of which about 45 are returning visitors).Brains is open to new contributors.  If …

ECAP’07

European Computing and Philosophy (ECAP) ConferenceUniversity of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, June 21-23, 2007Program Chair: Philip BreyLocal organisation: Katinka Waelbers, k.waelbers@utwente.nl<mailto:k.waelbers@utwente.nl>More information 0

Online Lectures by Davis, Kripke, and McCarthy

Oron Shagrir informed me that three of the lectures from the recent Workshop on the Origins and Nature of Computation that took place in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv have been posted online, courtesy of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.Martin Davis, “The Church-Turing Thesis: Consensus and Opposition“Saul Kripke, “From Church’s Thesis to …

Questioning Philosophy Journals

I just stumbled on a letter by Pat Churchland and Dan Dennett on cronyism and insularity at J Phil and Phil Review, recently posted by Brian Leiter at Leiter Reports.  It is followed by interesting comments by a large number of people.  Reading the thread sheds light on both the …