John Bickle with livestream “Tinkering in the lab” on Feb 5

We are excited about the next Neural Mechanisms webinar this Friday. As always, it is free. You can find information about how and when to join the webinar below or at the Neural Mechanisms website—where you can also join sign up for the mailing list that notifies people about upcoming …

Daniel Burnston & Philipp Haueis, Evolving Concepts of “Hierarchy” in Systems Neuroscience

Daniel Burnston (Tulane University) and Philipp Haueis (Bielefeld University) are the authors of this last post in this book symposium for the edited volume Neural Mechanisms: New Challenges in Philosophy of Neuroscience (Springer 2021). Concepts in science change over time.  As new results are discovered and incorporated into an existing theoretical framework, …

Bryce Gessell, (Behind The Stage of) Prediction and Topological Models in Neuroscience

Bryce Gessell (Southern Virginia University) is the first author of this third post in this book symposium for the edited volume Neural Mechanisms: New Challenges in Philosophy of Neuroscience (Springer 2021). We called our chapter “Prediction and Topological Models in Neuroscience,” and we wrote it in the spirit of Jack Gallant. Let …

Daniel Weiskopf, What Decoding Can’t Do

Daniel Weiskopf (Georgia State University) is the author of this third post in this book symposium for the edited volume Neural Mechanisms: New Challenges in Philosophy of Neuroscience (Springer 2021). Neuroimaging has seen major advances in experimental design and data analysis in recent decades. Among these are new methods, provocatively referred to …

Mazviita Chirimuuta, Your Brain Is Like a Computer: Function, Analogy, Simplification

Mazviita Chirimuuta (Edinburgh) is the author of this second post in this book symposium for the edited volume Neural Mechanisms: New Challenges in Philosophy of Neuroscience (Springer 2021). Science is a project of domestication in which the wild forces of nature are tamed and set to work for human advantage. We need …

Essay Prize: Neuroscience and Philosophy

Hi Brains! Please consider the exciting essay prize contest hosted by Bence Nanay at the University of Antwerp. Details below. Ninth Annual Essay Prize at the Centre for Philosophical Psychology, University of Antwerp Topic: Neuroscience and philosophy.Eligibility: The Essay Prize is open to those who received their PhD after May …

Russ Poldrack will live-stream “The Physics of Representation” Friday

We’re excited about another free livestream this Friday (May 8, 1400-1600 GMT), this time from Russ Poldrack titled “The Physics of Representation”. Thanks to the Neural Mechanisms team for making these livestreams possible!

Adina Roskies will live-stream “Representational Similarity Analysis in neuroimaging…” this Friday

We are excited about the next Neural Mechanisms webinar this Friday. As always, it is free. You can find information about how and when to join the webinar below or at the Neural Mechanisms website—where you can also join sign up for the mailing list that notifies people about upcoming …

Zina Ward will live stream a new approach to “…Data Aggregation Across Brains” on Friday

We are excited about the next Neural Mechanisms webinar this Friday. As always, it is free. You can find information about how and when to join the webinar below or at the Neural Mechanisms website—where you can also join sign up for the mailing list that notifies people about upcoming …

Symposium on Michel and Morales, “Minority Reports: Consciousness and the Prefrontal Cortex”

I’m very pleased to announce our latest Mind & Language symposium on Matthias Michel and Jorge Morales’ forthcoming “Minority Reports: Consciousness and the Prefrontal Cortex.” Our outstanding commentators on the target article include Liz Irvine (Cardiff), Benjamin Kozuch (Alabama), and Michael Pitts with Kevin Ortego (Reed College). 

2. Specifying Self-Structures

The Structural Realist theory of the Self (SRS) is presented as an extension of structural realism in the philosophy of many-particle physics. Structural realism addresses the problem of conflicting ontological consequences with regards to the existence of individual objects at the sub-particle level by making commitments to commonalities. In the …

Vincente Raja & Michael Anderson’s “Behavior Considered as an Enabling Constraint”

The Brains blog is excited about the next Neural Mechanisms webinar this Friday. It is free. You can find information about how and when to join the webinar below or at the Neural Mechanisms website—where you can also join their mailing list to be notified of their webinars, webconferences, and …

Neural Mechanisms 2018 Web Conference Videos Now Available!

We’re excited to share the videos from the Neural Mechanisms 2018 Web Conference entitled “New Challenges in Philosophy of Neuroscience“. The videos can be found at the Neural Mechanisms YouTube channel or in the program below—each paper title links to its YouTube video. Thanks to Marco Viola and Fabrizio Calzavarini for organizing the …

List of Underrepresented Philosophers of Neuroscience

There is a new list of members of underrepresented groups working in philosophy of neuroscience (e.g., traditional philosophy of science topics in neuroscience, foundational issues in cognitive, computational, systems, molecular, and cellular neuroscience). The purpose of this list is to provide as comprehensive a list as possible of members of underrepresented …

Neural Mechanisms Webconference 2018: New Challenges in Philosophy of Neuroscience

The editors of Neural Mechanisms Online announce the program for their 2018 webconference, on the topic of New Challenges in the Philosophy of Neuroscience. For more information, visit the conference program. Friday 5 October 2018 FROM … WHO? TITLE 8 GMT Hong Yu Wong Embodiment: Structure and Mechanisms 9 GMT …

Symposium on Haun, Tononi, Koch, and Tsuchiya: “Are we underestimating the richness of visual experience?”

I am delighted to announce the next symposium in our series on articles from Neuroscience of Consciousness.  We have two types of symposia.  For primarily theoretical articles, we will have several commentators from a variety of theoretical perspectives.  For novel empirical research, we will have single commentators whose goal is …

Earthworms, Google servers, and an important kind of freedom

Yesterday, I sketched the priority structure framework: attention consists in the activity of regulating priority structures, which order the parts of the subject’s on-going mental life by their relative priority. Why would we organize our mind in this way? In other words, what is the function of attention?  The answer, …

Neural Mechanisms Online

We are very pleased to announce the beginning of Neural Mechanisms Online, i.e. the first international cycle of webinars (=online seminars) on the Philosophy of Neuroscience! The webinars will be held from January to July 2018, every two weeks (see the calendar below). They will deal with hot topics of …

Philosophical Foundations of Neurolaw

Another book that may be of interest to The Brains Blog community is my Philosophical Foundations of Neurolaw, which is coming out next month. A major aim of the book is to provide an alternative to Michael Pardo and Dennis Patterson’s treatment of issues in the philosophy of mind and …

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