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Experimental Philosophy and the Notion of the Self - HeadCon '13: Part VIII | Edge.org

hat experimental philosophers tend to do is to go after questions that are traditionally associated with philosophy but to go after them using the methods that have been traditionally associated with psychology

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Respect is a medicine

Respect is a medicine | cognitive event | Scoop.it
Aeon magazine has an excellent article on how social interactions among medical team members affect clinical outcomes, patient well-being and the number of medical errors that occur.
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A multitude of phantoms

A multitude of phantoms | cognitive event | Scoop.it
A fascinating paper in the neuroscience journal Brain looks at artistic depictions of phantom limbs – the feeling of the physical presence of a limb after it has been damaged or removed – and gives a wonderful insight how the brain perceives...
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We need to talk about TED

We need to talk about TED | cognitive event | Scoop.it
Benjamin Bratton: Science, philosophy and technology run on the model of American Idol – as embodied by TED talks – is a recipe for civilisational disaster
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Interview with SFWA Grand Master Ursula K. Le Guin - Amazing Stories

Interview with SFWA Grand Master Ursula K. Le Guin - Amazing Stories | cognitive event | Scoop.it
R. K. Troughton interviews Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Grand Master Ursula K. Le Guin.
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ASM: Science fiction started as a genre of hard science. You started publishing during a transitional phase for the industry, when many authors were exploring a broader spectrum of ideas. You focused more on sciences like anthropology, psychology, and sociology rather than chemistry, astronomy, and physics. While realism explores some of the subject matters you were writing about, you created fantastic elements to serve as your tapestry. What makes speculative fiction the perfect canvas for your imagination?

UKL:  I didn’t just arrive during a transition—I was one of the writers who started it. We moved SF away from being fixated on the “hard” sciences, but that’s only part of it. SF was a white-male-dominated field of adventure stories of an intellectual or imaginative kind, sometimes brilliantly conceived, often badly written. We raised the standards and made it into the complex, inclusive, prejudice-challenging, ever-changing kind of literature it is at its best today.

I can’t tell you why most of my fiction is imaginative rather than realistic; it’s just the way my mind works. Physics tell us us how the universe works, and that’s grand, but also we’re human, and the the social sciences are a goldmine of ideas for any writer interested in how being human works.

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Special issue: What is reality? - New Scientist

Special issue: What is reality? - New Scientist | cognitive event | Scoop.it
The more we learn about reality, the less we understand it. Our special collection of articles explores how we define reality, what it could be and whether it exists
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 But what is reality? The more we probe it, the harder it becomes to comprehend. In the eight articles on this page we take a tour of our fundamental understanding of the world around us, starting with an attempt to define reality and ending with the idea that whatever reality is, it isn’t what it seems.

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Luciano Lampi's curator insight, January 8, 2014 11:55 AM

Dream about this question....

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Synthetic animals will save the planet

Synthetic animals will save the planet | cognitive event | Scoop.it
A recent project by designer Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg proposes that bioengineered creatures be released into the wild to save endangered species and clean up pollution.
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Her new project, called Designing for the Sixth Extinction, is intended to spark debate about how artificial animals could be used to solve environmental problems. She suggests we should go about "rewilding" in order to "preserve or maintain a state of nature using synthetic organisms that are designed to save other species."

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HeadCon '13: WHAT'S NEW IN SOCIAL SCIENCE? | Edge.org

HeadCon '13: WHAT'S NEW IN SOCIAL SCIENCE? | Edge.org | cognitive event | Scoop.it
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Video talks starting Monday, November 11th.

 

"What's new in your field of social science in the last year or two, and why should I care? Why do I want or need to know about it?  How does it change my view of human nature?"


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Analogy as the Core of Cognition

In this Presidential Lecture, cognitive scientist Douglas Hofstadter examines the role and contributions of analogy in cognition, using a variety of analogie...
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And here is the video..:)

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Why Can't We All Just Get Along? The Uncertain Biological Basis of Morality

Why Can't We All Just Get Along? The Uncertain Biological Basis of Morality | cognitive event | Scoop.it

Squaring recent research suggesting we're "naturally moral" with all the strife in the world. 

In 1999, Joshua Greene—then a philosophy graduate student at Princeton, now a psychology professor at Harvard—had a very fertile idea. He took a pretty well-known philosophical thought experiment and infused it with technology in a way that turned it into a very well-known philosophical thought experiment—easily the best-known, most-pondered such mental exercise of our time. In the process, he raised doubts, in inescapably vivid form, about the rationality of human moral judgment.

The thought experiment—called the trolley problem—has over the past few years gotten enough attention to be approaching “needs no introduction” status. But it’s not quite there, so: An out-of-control trolley is headed for five people who will surely die unless you pull a lever that diverts it onto a track where it will instead kill one person. Would you—should you—pull the lever?


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Dorothy R. Cook 's curator insight, September 25, 2017 5:39 PM

What a way to lay it straight and make it plain.

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Knowledge is a Polyglot: The Future of Global Language | Big Think TV | Big Think

Knowledge is a Polyglot: The Future of Global Language | Big Think TV | Big Think | cognitive event | Scoop.it
Consider how much more beautiful and authentic and sophisticated and accurate our world would become if we could appreciate the key terminologies of all cultures.
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"is it really ethical, scientific or even legal to translate Chinese terminologies into European words?"

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IA|AI – The Rise of Intelligence Amplification & Artificial Intelligence - h+ Magazine

IA|AI – The Rise of Intelligence Amplification & Artificial Intelligence - h+ Magazine | cognitive event | Scoop.it
h+ Magazine IA|AI – The Rise of Intelligence Amplification & Artificial Intelligence h+ Magazine Consider some of the earliest and most basic human inventions — the wheel, the alphabet, the printing press — and later, more complex and advanced...

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Special Issue of Philosophical Psychology on Extended Cognition

Special Issue of Philosophical Psychology on Extended Cognition | cognitive event | Scoop.it
Some new directions in EC here I think.
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Daniel Kahneman changed the way we think about thinking. But what do other thinkers think of him?

Daniel Kahneman changed the way we think about thinking. But what do other thinkers think of him? | cognitive event | Scoop.it

Thinking, Fast and Slow was a global bestseller, and had a profound impact on psychology and economics, as these tributes from other leading figures show. 

Steven Pinker is a psychology professor at Harvard University. He is frequently named one of the world's top intellectuals and has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer prize.

I've called Daniel Kahneman the world's most influential living psychologist and I believe that is true. He pretty much created the field of behavioural economics and has revolutionised large parts of cognitive psychology and social psychology. His central message could not be more important, namely, that human reason left to its own devices is apt to engage in a number of fallacies and systematic errors, so if we want to make better decisions in our personal lives and as a society, we ought to be aware of these biases and seek workarounds. That's a powerful and important discovery.

 


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Edge.org: WHAT SCIENTIFIC IDEA IS READY FOR RETIREMENT?

Edge.org: WHAT SCIENTIFIC IDEA IS READY FOR RETIREMENT? | cognitive event | Scoop.it
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The 2014 Question

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Course Profile: General Semantics MOOC - moocnewsandreviews.com

Course Profile: General Semantics MOOC - moocnewsandreviews.com | cognitive event | Scoop.it
Instructor Steve Stockdale at New Mexico State University discusses the upcoming Introduction to General Semantics MOOC, hosted on Canvas.net, which starts January 13.
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Eco - Papers: Beware of the Fallout: Umberto Eco and the Making of the Model Reader

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What is strange or impossible about this particular encyclopedia is not the propinquity of the things listed, but the site on which their propinquity would be possible; that system which organizes the elements yet which itself is not part of the grid. Where could animals that are “frenzied,” “innumerable,” and “drawn with a very fine camelhair brush” ever meet, except in “the immaterial sound of the voice pronouncing their enumeration, or on the page transcribing it? Where else could they by juxtaposed except in the non-place of language?”

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Scientists Find One Source of Prayer’s Power: Scientific American

Scientists Find One Source of Prayer’s Power: Scientific American | cognitive event | Scoop.it
Communing with a higher power increases self-control
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Though we can all agree that to do so requires self-control, the authors propose that the source of such control might not be supernatural. Instead, it might come from something more earthly. Something accessible to even the most devoted atheist: social connection.

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Why it's time to lay the selfish gene to rest – David Dobbs – Aeon

Why it's time to lay the selfish gene to rest – David Dobbs – Aeon | cognitive event | Scoop.it
The selfish gene is one of the most successful science metaphors ever invented. Unfortunately it’s wrong

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Dorothy R. Cook 's curator insight, September 25, 2017 6:00 PM

Some will kill to get what they want .ore than just a person physical being can be murdered but for what, selphish gain.

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Why does the universe appear fine-tuned for life? – Tim Maudlin – Aeon

Why does the universe appear fine-tuned for life? – Tim Maudlin – Aeon | cognitive event | Scoop.it
Is our universe fine-tuned for the existence of life – or does it just look that way from where we’re sitting?

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The Man Who Would Teach Machines to Think

The Man Who Would Teach Machines to Think | cognitive event | Scoop.it
Douglas Hofstadter, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Gödel, Escher, Bach, thinks we've lost sight of what artificial intelligence really means. His stubborn quest to replicate the human mind.

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Presidential Lectures: Douglas R. Hofstadter: Extras

Presidential Lectures: Douglas R. Hofstadter: Extras | cognitive event | Scoop.it
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"One should not think of analogy-making as a special variety of reasoning (as in the dull and uninspiring phrase “analogical reasoning and problem-solving,” a long-standing cliché in the cognitive-science world), for that is to do analogy a terrible disservice. After all, reasoning and problem-solving have (at least I dearly hope!) been at long last recognized as lying far indeed from the core of human thought. If analogy were merely a special variety of something that in itself lies way out on the peripheries, then it would be but an itty-bitty blip in the broad blue sky of cognition. To me, however, analogy is anything but a bitty blip — rather, it’s the very blue that fills the whole sky of cognition — analogy is everything, or very nearly so, in my view."

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An Evening with Neil Gaiman, Part 1

Author Neil Gaiman speaks to the Jessamine County (Ky.) Public Library via online vidoeconference as a National Library Week event.
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Amanda Palmer: The art of asking

Don't make people pay for music, says Amanda Palmer. Let them. In a passionate talk that begins in her days as a street performer (drop a dollar in the hat f...
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Don't make people pay for music, says Amanda Palmer. Let them. In a passionate talk that begins in her days as a street performer (drop a dollar in the hat for the Eight-Foot Bride!), she examines the new relationship between artist and fan.

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