The Pragmatic Use of Metaphor in Empirical Psychology

In this post, I explore how analogical modes of explanation have been used in empirical psychology to loop together data derived through experiments and descriptive explanation. Metaphor has been used to transcend the limitations of experiments on human subjects because it allows for framing higher-level interpretation of data through notions …

A Suspicious Science: The Uses of Psychology

In A Suspicious Science, I analyze the epistemic context of the uses of psychology in contemporary society so as to develop an interdisciplinary, multi-level human science. I distinguish three uses of psychology: positivist-pragmatic empirical study, discursive therapeutic approaches which promote expressive individualism, and reflexive creative practices employed in the arts …

Cognitive Science of Philosophy Symposium: Network Modeling

Welcome to the Brains Blog’s Symposium series on the Cognitive Science of Philosophy. The aim of the series is to examine the use of diverse methods to generate philosophical insight. Each symposium is comprised of two parts. In the target post, a practitioner describes their use of the method under …

Cognitive Science of Philosophy Symposium: Community Science

Welcome to the Brains Blog’s Symposium series on the Cognitive Science of Philosophy. The aim of the series is to examine the use of diverse methods to generate philosophical insight. Each symposium is comprised of two parts. In the target post, a practitioner describes their use of the method under …

Brains Blog Roundtable: Values in Cognitive Science

We are delighted to announce the next in our series of Brains Blog Roundtables. The topic of this discussion is values in cognitive science! Please join us and our great panelists, Sam Liao (University of Puget Sound), Uwe Peters (University of Bonn and Cambridge University), and Morgan Thompson (Bielefeld University), …

Survey: Philosophy and/of/with Neuroscience

Eugenio Petrovich and Brains partner Marco Viola are surveying philosophers about the interaction between philosophy and neuroscience for a project titled “Philosophy and/with/of Science” funded by the University of Siena. You are welcome to share the survey with other philosophers. The whole questionnaire takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. The …

Unthinkable Pasts and Undreamable Futures: A Role of History for Scientists

I am not a historian. This thought did not occur to me when I set out three years ago to write a book about my field of computational neuroscience, but it has occurred to me many times since. I knew I wanted the book be more than just be a …

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