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, …

SpaceTimeMind

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 …

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 …

Aliens versus Materialists (Part IV): Alien ninja minds to the rescue!

How could we cast suspicion on the semantic poverty thesis discussed in Part III? (Recall this is the view that ‘no amount of analysis, conjunction, or <insert your favorite semantic construction method here> applied to concepts about brain states will yield a concept about subjective experience as such.’). One way …

Aliens versus materialists (Part III): Phenomenal concepts to the rescue?

A year ago we met an alien species (Part I) that lacked subjective conscious states but were virtuoso scientists. They developed a detailed understanding of cat brains at every level of organization, but still did not realize that cats were conscious. This was parlayed into an argument for dualism (Part …

Live from World Sci Fest: “The Whispering Mind” (8:00-9:30pm EDT, Thursday 5/30)

It’s an old question:  what is consciousness?  Today, sophisticated brain imaging technologies, clinical studies, as well as the newfound ability to listen to the whisper of even an individual nerve cell, are bringing scientists closer than ever to the neurobiological basis of consciousness.  Join some of the world’s leading researchers …

Sensory Substitution and Augmentation Conference

Sensory Substitution and Augmentation Conference Tuesday 26 – Thursday 28 March 2013
 Venue: The British Academy,10-11 Carlton House Terrace,London SW1Y 5AHTuesday 26 March 2013, 9am – 5.30pm
Wednesday 27 March 2013, 9.30am – 5.30pm
Thursday 28 March 2013, 9.30am – 1.00pm In addition: special demonstration of sensory substitution and augmentation devices on …

In Memory of John Driver

As reported on UCL News, “UCL reports with great sadness the death on 28 November of Jon Driver, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, and one of the world’s leading psychologists and neuroscientists.     Professor Jon Driver Professor Driver was formerly Director of the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (ICN) and …

The Identity Theory and Mind-Brain Correlations

By Brandon Towl In another thread (“What’s a good reading against type-identity theory for neuroscientists?”), I mentioned that I had a forthcoming paper in Philosophical Psychology that puts pressure on the IBE argument for identity theory.  Below is the abstract.  If anyone would like a draft of the paper, please …

A Dialogue with Brit Brogaard on Philosophy and Neuroscience

My great colleague Brit Brogaard has recently started doing empirical research, primarily in cognitive neuroscience.  This prompted the following dialogue, which will eventually be published in our department’s newsletter. Gualtiero: Until recently, you were known for armchair philosophizing and not at all for empirical research.  Could you briefly explain how you became …