query about philosophy of mind courses

Dear colleagues, I’m working on a book project in philosophy of mind. If you would, could you let me know whether/how often philosophy of mind courses are organized thematically and/or cover one issue, such as mental causation or consciousness or freewill or personal identity … ? The intended contrast is …

IJCNN 2007 – Invitation

Hi all, As my previous post said it (loud), the submission deadline for IJCNN (Orlando, 12-17 August, 2007)  has been extended to feb 12. So, all the readers of Brains, are also invited to submit to our special session on Philosophical Aspects of Neural Network Modeling. The special session considers research and development …

Neurophilosophy Fellowships

Please share with any students who may be interested.  Thanks, Eddy! The Philosophy Department at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia is accepting applications from qualified undergraduates for its two $15,000 Neurophilosophy Fellowships, to be awarded by the Brains & Behavior program. The Brains & Behavior program at GSU aims …

Special Eurobarometer 224 “Europeans, Science and Technology”

I find this fascinating:  In the survey, a quiz was presented to respondents in order to test the knowledge onscience and technology. The test subjects were citizens of EU. https://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/archives/ebs/ebs_224_report_en.pdfsee especially pages 41-44Results of this quiz show that for most statements a majority of citizens in theEuropean Union answered correctly, …

CFP: Arts and Neuroscience Review

Cfp on the topic of Imagination and Creativity for the Arts and Neurosciences Review Institut Jean Nicod, Paris, France (Deadline: February 15, 2007) ARTS and NEUROSCIENCES REVIEW Established in the Institut Jean Nicod, an interdisciplinary lab interface between the humanities and the cognitive sciences, ARTS and NEUROSCIENCES REVIEW presents articles, …

A Logical Brain?

Apparently, famous identity-theorist U.T. Place’s brain is preserved at University of Adelaide.  See here.  You’ll notice that it’s left hemisphere (right facing you) is huge compared to it’s right.  Is this some evidence for the old logic and language in the left-brain idea (assuming Place was quite logical–and perhaps not …

NIPS 2006 Workshop: Decoding the Neural Code

There is great interest in sensory coding. Studies of sensory coding typically involve recording from sensory neurons during stimulus presentation, and the investigators determine which aspects of the neuronal response are most informative about the stimulus. These studies are left with a decoding problem: are the discovered codes, sometimes quite exotic, ultimately used by the nervous system to guide behavior? In our one-day workshop, researchers with many different backgrounds will evaluate what we know about neuronal decoders and suggest new strategies, both experimental and computational, for addressing the decoding problem.

Call for paper of interest

The following cfp might be of interest to the brain community: OBJECTS and SOUND PERCEPTION, Issue 7 (2007) of the EUROPEAN REVIEW of PHILOSOPHY), eds. Nicolas J. Bullot and Paul Egré, deadline: Dec. 1, guest authors: Stephen Davies, Michael Kubovy, Mohan Matthen  (more info on the website). The ERP is now …

How to Split Concepts

As some of you know from previous posts, Sam Scott and I have written a paper on Splitting Concepts, forthcoming in Philosophy of Science.  When it comes out, our paper will be followed by a response by Edouard Machery, entitled How to Split Concepts (posted with his permission).  He did a …