Neural Mechanisms Online, 2022!

The Brains Blog, along with Neural Mechanisms Online, is thrilled to announce the schedule for Neural Mechanisms Online, 2022. As always, it will be a fantastic series of talks. Schedule Jan 28. Frédérique de Vignemont Feb 11. Grace Lindsay Feb 25. Vittorio Gallese Mar 11. Krzysztof Dolega Mar 25. Patricia …

Brains Blog Roundtable: Perceptual Representation

We are very excited about our first ever Brains Blog Roundtable, on “Perceptual Representation”! We have a really fantastic lineup for our first roundtable: joining us for this session are Ned Block (NYU), Susanna Schellenberg (Rutgers), and Susanna Siegel (Harvard). Join us for a spirited discussion about the state of …

Going Against the Grain of Proportionality

In Chapter 1 of Causation with a Human Face, James Woodward articulates the metaphilosophical outlook on causation that gives his book its title. He tells us that his aim is to articulate a normative theory about how human beings ought to engage in causal reasoning. However, he believes that when …

Proportionality and Causal Dependence

James Woodward’s Causation with a Human Face defends three methodological proposals: (I) The empirical study of causal reasoning can fruitfully inform the philosophical analysis of causation, and vice versa. (II) Philosophers should attend to distinctions among different kinds of causal relationship, and not just the distinction between causal and non-causal relationships. (III) …

Humans’ Invariance Assumption: Should Statistics and AI Adopt It?

“What must nature, including man, be like in order that science be possible at all? … What must the world be like in order that man may know it?”, the philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn (1962/2012, p. 172) asks in the final paragraph of his book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.   …

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